Behind a solid performance by Andrew Sloan on the mound and Michael Thompson’s clutch hitting, San Marino defeated Temple City, 8-6, in a three-hour marathon Friday evening in Rio Hondo League action at San Marino High. Coupled by the Titans’ (14-6, 8-3) win and La Caada’s 9-5 win over Monrovia earlier in the day, San Marino holds a half a game lead over the rest of the pack for first in the Rio Hondo League standings. Temple City (13-8, 7-4) now sits in fourth place. San Marino scored two runs in the first and Temple City came right back in the second to tie the game at 2 on a bases-clearing single from Julian Jarrard, sending Branden Pultz and Alec Vigil home. Temple City’s Dusty Sanderson hit a three-run home run in the fourth that pulled the Rams to within 6-5, but that’s as close as they would get. Thompson went 3-for-4, including a line drive down the third base line for a double that scored Jonathan Merhaut and Steven Wright to give the Titans an 8-5 lead in the fourth. San Marino’s Chris Warren picked up his second straight save. Temple City’s Jordan Halladay didn’t last two innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits, but that wasn’t the primary reason he was pulled out of the game. Temple City pitching coach Nick Gomez yanked Halladay because — according to Temple City caoch Barry Bacon — Halladay broke down discipline wise. “That’s coach’s choice,” Bacon said. “We broke down discipline wise. When you break discipline you’re not mentally ready to go. So you get out and get someone else ready to go. I’ll just say mentally he broke down discipline, we put Jimmy (Britt) in the game and Jimmy did great.”Halladay gave up a single, balked, and gave up a triple in the second before he was taken out. “It’s a combination of things where we need to stay mentally disciplined and not let our emotions take the best of us and when it does we’re going to get someone else in there to take over,” Bacon said. “That’s why Gomez does such a great job; we have guys on the bench that can come in and throw strikes. That’s the beauty of my assistant coaches, they do a fantastic job (where) we have a great pitching staff that can get anybody to pitch.”
La Caada (15-3, 7-3) visits Monrovia (12-7-1, 7-3) in another showdown Monday.
Wildcats ace Ricahrd Kilbury made his first start since a 12-0 win over the Spartans to open Rio Hondo League play. He threw 40 pitches, had two unearned runs, two strikeouts, one hit and one walk for the no decision. Luis Carrasquero had two base hits to lead La Caada, which finished the game with 10 hits. The Spartans finally took control in the fourth inning when they sent 11 batters to the plate that resulted in six runs. While San Marino has stolen the spotlight in the Rio Hondo League, you can bet all eyes will be on Monday’s La Caada-Monrovia Part III. “If La Caada and Monrovia want to win this thing they’re going to have to go through (San Marino),” Bacon said, “and they’re going to determine who gets in the playoffs. It’s San Marino’s game to win; they’re playing the best baseball.” We’ll be there with a photographer. Keith Lair will be covering the game while yours truly enjoys the ball game with the rest of you. Deadline is approaching, time to file my story….