UPDATE 1: After a promising start in which he struck out Sean Kahikina swinging, Bryce Rutherford allowed A.J. Durpe to double to right field and Raymond Palafox reached first on a balk. Rutherford regained control, getting Johnny Schewer and Erik Suarez to pop up for the final two outs and end the threat. 0-0
UPDATE 2: David Huntzinger singled up the middle and Garret Tuck walked. Tim Smoley was hit by a pitch on the first throw by Burroughs pitcher Ryne Kahikina to load the bases. Rutherford struck out swinging on a 2-2 count. Pat Carroll was hit by a pitch on the second throw to drive in Huntzinger and give the Apaches a 1-0 lead. Mike Nigolian struck out swinging on a full count with bases loaded to end Arcadia’s threat in the first.
UPDATE 3: The Apaches were seemingly in control but Kyle Hart got an infield single to reach first. He later stole second base and reached third after Myles Grene’s ground out. With Kahikina at the plate, Rutherford threw a wild pitch that allowed Hart to score and tie the game, 1-1. We’re in the bottom of the second with an Apache at second and one out.
UPDATE 4: Rich Cleeland scored on Jon Larson’s RBI single up the middle, giving the Apaches the lead again, 2-1, with two outs. Tuck walked on four pitches, putting runners on first and second with two outs and Tim Smoley at the plate. He was hit in the ankle and proceeded to move to first. But the umpire called him back and negated the play, telling Tuck and Larson to move back to their previous position. Smoley swung on the next pitch but sent the next pitch way over right field for a three-run home run to to give the Apaches a 5-1 cushion. You can thank the umpire and the Burroughs fans who protested the walk for Arcadia’s runs. Had Smoley just walked to first who knows if the Apaches even score. Anyway, we’re in the top of the third.
UPDATE 5: Johnny Schwer’s RBI triple scored Palafoux, who walked, to pull the Indians to within, 5-2. We’re in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE 6: Arcadia scored four runs in the fourth. So much for a pitcher’s duel, too. Kahikina was taken out after giving up consecutive hits to Josh Natham and Huntzinger. Larson’s single to center drove home Natham to make it, 6-2. Huntzinger scored after a wild pitch, but give credit to Tuck who was alert at the plate and told him to come home after the Burroughs catcher reacted late. Larson scored on Rutherford’s line drive and Smoley scored on a squeeze to make it, 9-2. We’re in the fifth now.
UPDATE 7: Burroughs’ Sean Kahikina scored on Rutherford’s wild pitch, bringing the Indians to within, 9-3. Rutherford walked Dylan Werchowsky to put runners on the corners. As a result, Rutherford was taken out and replaced by AJ Smouse. We’re in the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE 8: Tyler Dominguez scored from second on an RBI single up the middle from Larson to give Arcadia a 10-3. We’re in the top of the sixth and we’re approaching deadline!!!!
UPDATE 9: That’s the ball game. Rutherford robs Burroughs of a home run in the seventh to give the home crowd something more to cheer about. Arcadia is now tied for first with Burbank which defeated Hoover, 19-0, earlier in the day. Time to crank out the story.
There’s a big showdown tonight and no I’m not talking about the Utah-Lakers series (we all know the Lakers will win in a sweep). No, we’re talking about a Pacific League showdown when Burroughs visits Arcadia tonight at 7. According to the Los Angeles Times, Burroughs is expected to start sophomore sensation Ryne Kahikina who is 5-0. Rutherford (5-1) takes the mound with a 1.75 ERA and 57 K’s. The Apaches took the first meeting, 2-1. Lets hope we’re treated to another good one tonight. I will be there. Anyone care for some live updates?