Jared Trautman stepped to the plate for his first at-bat of the game when the stakes were highest. With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth inning of a tie game, Trautman took his swing and left no doubt. The senior blasted a ball to deep center field for a long walk-off single to give the Monsoons a 4-3 wild card win over Sage Hill.
Cody Ahrens picked up his second walk of the game in the eighth inning and advanced to third on a groundout and a defensive error that allowed Kenny Luna to reach base. Luna would steal second to set the stage for Trautman, who was pinch-hitting.
Ahrens’ walk was not his first of the game that led to a run. In the sixth inning, the Monsoons were down 3-2 and he battled for a leadoff walk. Nick Scott came in to pinch run and scored the game-tying run on a past ball.
The Lightning struck first in the third inning. Edward Pelc singled and Brett Super walked to put pressure on Anderson. Michael Helton and Carlos Orozco would go on to drive them in with RBI singles to give Sage Hill a 2-0 lead. Anderson was able to limit the damage as he stranded multiple runners.
Mayfair responded quickly with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Zach Morris and Devin Mendez each delivered RBI singles that drove in Alex Lomeli and Alberto Rios.
In the top of the fifth, the Lightning put runners on the corners and no outs. Anderson forced Helton into a double play, but Pelc scored his second run of the game to give Sage Hill 3-2 lead. Pelc finished the game 4-for-4 at the plate.
Anderson went six innings for the Monsoons, striking out five and only allowing two earned runs. Eric Chavarria relieved Anderson to start the seventh inning. After allowing back-to-back singles against his first two batters, he settled down to escape the jam with ground out and two strikeouts. He also struck out two in the top of the eighth to give him four strikeouts in his last six batters faced and a win.
Mayfair (18-6) will look to continue their momentum when the head to Fullerton to face Troy (21-8), the Freeway League champions, on Thursday.