The Stanislaus Cardinals Babe Ruth team is officially finished with its 2015 season after posting a 1-2 record at the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament.
Opening the tournament with a comeback, walk off win against Vallejo on Thursday, the Cardinals dropped games against North West Bakersfield and Tuscon Arizona on Friday and Sunday, respectively, by a combined four runs.
“We’re encouraged with the younger kids with what they were able to do,” head coach Bobby Swedberg said of his team.
The highlight of the tournament was undoubtedly Thursday’s game that saw Stanislaus and Vallejo engage in a tight race for a first-round win. Entering the bottom of the fifth inning down by one run, the Cardinals tied the game with an Alex Pallios double that scored Blaine Webber. It was Webber’s base hit to left field in the bottom of the seventh that really mattered, however, as he crossed Tristen Mero to earn the 2-1 walk off victory.
“We were a lot younger team this year, so to be able to battle a team that I felt was a contender to win the regional, and to beat them with a walk off, was definitely exciting,” Swedberg said.
Stanislaus again found itself playing from behind on Friday when it entered the third inning down 0-3, but its players opened up the offense with an eight-run inning that put them up 8-3 for the next two innings. North West Bakersfield — the eventual Pacific Southwest Regional Champions — kept the pressure on the Cardinals and retook the lead in the fifth inning for the eventual 10-12 win.
“They were able to get a couple of runs each inning to stay in it and then eventually took the lead again in the sixth inning,” Swedberg said. “We just weren’t able to hit the ball efficiently to score runs when it mattered.”
Though Sunday’s game didn’t produce as many runs as Friday’s, the game followed the same trend with Stanislaus playing from behind before losing its lead in the fifth inning for a two-run loss, 2-4.