CORDELIA – It was an exciting week of District 53 Majors All-Star baseball in the wind tunnel known as the Cordelia Tri-Valley Little League complex, as American Canyon went a respectable 3-2 record in the tournament.
After absorbing its first loss, 8-2 to Napa American, American Canyon bounced back the next day by eliminating Napa National, 2-1, before bowing out with a 7-4 loss to Suisun on Friday.
American Canyon jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Napa American with only one hit in the top of the first. The usually reliable son of Napa American’s manager needed 41 pitches to get out of the inning.
Junior Trejo and Lorenzo Caoile walked to get things going for American Canyon, and Tegan Wendt singled to center to load the bases with no one out. The Napa side recorded two outs with no harm done on a strikeout and a nice force play at home, but a wild pitch plated Trejo and a walk to Mario Juarez reloaded the bases.
Erick Lopez forced in Caoile with American Canyon’s second run on its fourth walk of the inning. A force out at home finally ended the inning after eight batters had come to the plate.
Napa American went three up and three down in the bottom of the first, but came to life in its second at-bats to take the lead for good, 3-2.
American Canyon left-hander Spencer Watson and Napa American right-hander Noah Piersig were sharp through the next three innings. There was no further scoring until the Napa side broke the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth, batting around and scoring its final five runs.
Jaedon Mendoza relieved Watson in an unenviable situation, bases loaded and no outs. A passed ball allowed another run and, after a strikeout, an RBI single made it 5-2. An infield RBI single, RBI groundout and RBI single put it at 8-2.
American Canyon manager Erwin Lopez was philosophical after the game, knowing his team was still alive with a 2-1 record.
“We just didn’t swing the bats and make the adjustments we needed to today. Tomorrow we will come out swinging and I will always put my money on this team,” he said confidently.
The next day, American Canyon scored only the seventh and eighth runs given up by Napa National in four tournament games.