Yuba College baseball uses 7-run ninth inning to beat Contra Costa

April 11, 2018

Yuba College’s baseball team staged its biggest comeback of the season on Tuesday afternoon, rallying for seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with a thrilling 8-5 victory over Contra Costa in the opener of a three-game Bay Valley Conference series in San Pablo.

The 49ers trailed 5-1 heading into the ninth before starting their big rally by loading the bases with no outs.

Daniel Hale hit an RBI single and Andrew Schnitzius walked with the bags full to force in a run before the 49ers scored twice on back-to-back wild pitches to tie the game at 5-5. Aiden Gums gave Yuba the lead with an RBI single, Kreighton Tsuruda-Gaspar followed with RBI single of his own and the 49ers scored their third run of the inning on a wild pitch to take an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Jakob Iverson pitched the eighth and closed things out with a scoreless ninth to record the win. Garrett Ham started the game and scattered eight hits over six innings in a no-decision. He struck out two and allowed three earned runs.

Hale also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to give the Niners a 1-0 lead and finished with two RBIs and a run scored. Tsuruda-Gaspar went 2 for 5 with an RBI and Mike Shoenberger hit a double to help the cause for Yuba at the plate.

The 49ers (12-20, 3-10 BVC) return home to host Contra Costa on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Game 2 of the series.