By Bill Tamburrino
The Bulldogs lost a two-game baseball series to the league leading Poway Titans. The Dawgs are now 12-10 overall and 2-6 in the Palomar League.
“We are working hard and are improving,” said Ramona coach Dean Welch. “We are young and are making some mistakes. When you play teams like the ones in the Palomar League, you tend to press, and that causes mental and physical errors. Our attitude is good.”
Ramona is a Division III school competing in a league with Division I and Division II teams.
The Bulldogs got off to a fast start against Poway (18-4, 8-0) on the road on April 26 but could not hold off the Titan bats in a 10-3 loss.
Jackson Willeford drove in Kevin Hagan with an RBI double, and Blake Drake blasted a two-run home run, scoring Willeford to give the Dawgs a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
After the first, Ramona only got three more hits. Willeford, Josh Benke and Zack Adamos all singled, but the Dawgs could not find a way to score.
Beau Sulser got the start and took the loss. He pitched four and two-thirds innings, gave up seven earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven. The Bulldogs committed three errors, allowing three unearned runs.
Harrison McGhee went the final inning and a third and gave up one hit and no earned runs.
In the second game, Ramona again jumped out to an early lead. Poway scored one run in the top of the first inning and the Dawgs answered with two runs courtesy of a Drake two-run double.
The Titan then took advantage of seven hits, eight walks and four Ramona errors to cruise to a 10-3 win.
The Bulldogs out hit the Titans. Ramona recorded nine hits but could only drive in three runs. The Poway pitching staff did not issue a base on balls to the Dawgs.
John James Battaglia and Jackson both stroked doubles. Michael Scodellaro had a 2-for-3 outing. Sulser and Tyler Sherman both had 1-for-3 days at the dish.
“We made some base running errors and I sent runners early in the game trying to force Poway errors,” said Welch. “In the first inning I tried to score a runner from second base on a hit. Poway’s left fielder made a great throw and got us at the plate. It took a perfect throw and a good play by their catcher to get our guy out. When you play the league’s leading team, you have to take chances early in the game. We can’t play their game. We have to play ours and take what we can get.”
Jason Snodgrass got the start and went three and a third innings. He gave up four hits and three earned runs. Snodgrass fanned five. Curtis Sullivan went two and two-thirds innings and two hits and one run while striking out five. Snodgrass and Sullivan both walked four batters apiece.
Harrison McGhee pitched the final frame and gave up one hit and struck out one. He did not surrender a hit.