The Colusa Junior League All Stars downed Sutter Buttes 15-1 in five innings on Sunday to complete an undefeated run through the District 2 Tournament.
Colusa overcame five errors to hold Sutter Buttes scoreless in the top of the first inning, and took advantage of numerous miscues by Sutter Buttes in the bottom half of the inning to jump out to a 6-0 lead. Two Colusa batters reached base on an uncaught third strike in the inning, two runs scored on passed balls, and two more runs were walked in. Joe Maciel led off with a triple and was one of the two runs to score on a passed ball. Maciel’s triple was one of just two hits in Colusa’s first frame – the other a RBI single from Louis Franklin, who was batting clean-up. Tyler Oliver also plated a run on a fielder’s choice.
Sutter Buttes looked as if they would do some damage with one down in the second, when a double-play went awry for Colusa. After getting the force out at second base on a routine ground ball, there was an apparent error on the throw to first base, allowing a pair of runs to score. The Sutter Buttes base-runner was called for interference at second base, however, and the runner was called out at first – ending the inning and taking one of the Sutter Buttes’ two runs off the board.
Colusa really broke things open in the bottom of the third, when they batted around the order for the second time and scored seven runs. Maciel reached base and advanced to second on a throwing error to open the frame, Nick Price followed with an infield single, and Hunter Sines belted a 2 RBI double to put Colusa up 9-1. After scoring a run on a wild pitch and another on an infield, RBI single from Berto Lara, the bases were loaded for Maciel’s second at-bat of the inning, with two down. Maciel belted a three-run double, advanced to and rounded third base on a throwing error, but was thrown out at home for the final out.
After Sutter Buttes was held scoreless in the top of the fourth, Colusa was up 14-1, needing just one more run to win by mercy rule. With two outs and runners on first and second base, Clayton Book stepped up to the plate. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Book got the job done with a walk-off, RBI single, earning Colusa the District 2 crown.