Bonita 13-Game Win Streak Stalled by Mother Nature

April 20, 2010
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On a stormy, drizzly Tuesday, neither Bonita nor Los Altos could defeat the weather. The Conquerors were leading 2-1 when play was suspended in the bottom of the third with two outs and Matt Gelalich standing on third and Evan Highley at the plate enjoying a 2-0 count.

Most likely, the game will be resumed when the two teams meet again this Thursday at Los Altos in Hacienda Heights. Time permitting, the two teams would come right back and play again after the first game is completed.

Bringing a 13-5 record into town, Los Altos scored in the top of the first on a solid two-out RBI single by Mike Luna. Los Altos tacked on another run in the second. Jayson Dela Pena led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Kevin Jenkins. After Cesar Saenz grounded out to Bonita pitcher Brian Tuttle, Luna came around to score on a ball hit in the hole by Steven Camberos that shortstop Justin Garza mishandled.

In the bottom of the third, Bonita finally found its mojo. Leading off, third baseman Greg Victoria lined a long single into the right-center gap. After Garza popped up, Robert Mier grounded to short, advancing Victoria to second. With two outs, Gelalich fisted a ball down the first baseline that skipped over the bag for a single. In attempting to field the ball, the first baseman interfered with the runner, but recovered in time to throw out Victoria sliding into home.

Play stopped, and after a two-minute discussion in a steadily fall rain, the umpires ruled that because of the interference at first, the ball was dead, resulting in Victoria scoring and Gelalich being awarded second base.

Los Altos mildly protested and after a second delay, Mother Nature finally won the biggest argument of all.


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