By Vallejo Times Herald and Admirals Staff
The Admirals lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in 11 innings on Thursday at City Park Field in Pittsburg, dropping the series to the Diamonds.
In the 11th inning with one out, ex-Admiral Brandon Williams struck out but reached base on wild pitch. Williams advanced to second after a ground-ball out to the right side of the infield from former San Rafael Pacific David Kiriakos. Catcher Nick Oddo doubled off the wall in right just over the outstretched arms of Admirals right fielder Tim Williams to score Williams for the walkoff win for the Diamonds (8-7).
Admirals starting pitcher Kida De La Cruz went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out five in his Admirals debut. Wendell Floranus and Justin Hertzmann pitched well in relief as well, but Hertzmann suffered the tough-luck defeat for the Admirals (7-8).
Floranus was knocked out of the game in the ninth after taking a line drive off of his right foot. He is listed as day-to-day, and will be re-evaluated this weekend. Hertzmann replaced Floranus and got the Admirals out of the jam sending the game to extra innings.
Diamonds starter Corey MacDonald was lights out as well as he went seven innings, allowing four hits and no runs. He fanned five and walked three.
Strangely enough, both teams had chances to score in the first inning of the marathon game.
In the top of the first, P.J. Phillips was hit with a pitch, Jackson Valera singled and Wilfredo Petit walked to load the bases, but MacDonald induced a ground ball from Lydell Moseby to end the threat. Darian Sandford lead off the fifth inning with a walk, stole his 12th base of the season, and advanced to third on Tim Williams’ RBI single. The Admirals tried a double steal with two outs, but Pittsburg second baseman Thomas Shull fired the return throw home in time to nab Sandford
Vallejo managed just three more hits the rest of the way.
Pittsburg had a chance to push across a run in the first but Tim Williams threw out base runner Rich Mejia as Petit, the catcher, applied the tag. Right Fielder Andrew Rubalcava tried to score from third on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, but Admirals catcher Wilfredo Petit gathered the ball quickly and slung it to Floranus who applied the tag.
Admirals outfielder Darian Sandford stole his 12th base of the year.