Baseball: My oh my, Temple City beats LC, 4-3, in 10 inn.

Just got back from a three-hour marathon at Temple City High School where the pesky Rams edged La Canada, 4-3, in 10 innings on an overcast Friday afternoon in Rio Hondo League action. Temple City improves to 12-7 overall and 6-3 in league while the Spartans drop to 14-2 overall and 6-2 in league. You wanted some parity in league, well you got it. Four teams are right in the thick of it with Monrovia and San Marino making a strong push. This game was an exciting one. It’s what high school baseball is all about. Jordan Halladay scored the winning run on Branden Pultz’s RBI single. The bases were loaded with just one out. Pultz singled to the shortstop. He bobbled the ball a bit but the play wouldn’t have mattered as Holiday was well on his way home. Patrick Munro picked up the victory for Temple City, whose momentum was suffocated in the eighth inning on two questionable calls. Pultz was tagged out on his way to second after Christian Cano’s hit. After Pultz’s tag, Ian Donnelly threw the ball to first to get Cano out for the double play, putting an end to that inning. It appeared that Pultz beat the tag and Cano beat the throw to home, but there was little Temple City coach Barry Bacon could do. The Rams also didn’t help their own cause in the fifth inning as the Spartans scored two runs on Temple City’s defensive debacle. Luis Carrasquero singled and advanced to second on an overthrow to first. Jeff Oeschel doubled but advanced to third on the bobble in the outfield and eventually scored on the overthrow to home, giving La Canada a 3-2 lead. Temple City tied the game, 3-3, in the next inning on Dusty Sanderson’s sacrifice fly to score Halladay. La Canada got off to a 1-0 lead in the first on Max Russell’s RBI single to right, scoring Eric Smith who drew a walk. But the Rams came right back in the bottom of the first on Pultz’s double to the gap, scoring Sanderson and Morgan Hatch to give Temple City a 2–1 lead. It was only a matter of time until plays started going Temple City’s way, the best coming its way in the 10th when Halladay was called safe at third after Cole Kendall’s high throw to third. The rest is history. Time to knock out the story. I’ll be back in a bit with photos from the game.

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