Down 4-0 after the first inning, Pinamonti head coach Steve Wade was, needless to say, a little worried.

Down 4-0 after the first inning, Pinamonti head coach Steve Wade was, needless to say, a little worried.
“We were down 4-0 and we kind of got on the guys a little,” Wade said.
Whatever the coaches said, it must have worked because Pinamonti battled back from a 4-0 and 6-2 deficit to defeat CCBA — the team with the best record in the Don Gutteridge League — 8-7 with a walk-off RBI single from Christian Cedeno in the bottom of the seventh Friday night at JayCee Ballpark.
But, they had a little help along the way.
CCBA was able to break a 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh after Jack Villamaria singled home Syd Stokes.
However, in the bottom of the inning, with two outs, Shelby White hit a shot up the middle for a double and was awarded third after a CCBA fielder threw his glove in an attempt to hit the ball.
Then, White scored on a wild pitch and Jake Brewer followed with a double to right.
After Blake Barto drew a walk, Cedeno came up and took the second pitch he saw up the middle to score Brewer with the game-winning run.
“I don’t know if we just sat back [after taking the lead early] and relaxed but, we really didn’t press it enough,” said CCBA head coach Dave Gromer.
After grabbing a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, CCBA added two more runs in the top of the fifth to go up 6-2. Pinamonti only scored their first two runs on a pair of fielding errors by CCBA.
But, Pinamonti — which only had one hit going in — plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-5.
“When we went down 6-2, we told them to just go out and get one back,” Wade said. “We took advantage of a play and wound up with three.”
That play was when Bryan Wade laid down a bunt and scored two runs after reaching first safely when CCBA could not make a play in the field.
Pinamonti tied the game in the sixth when Cedeno scored on an error off a hit from Chandler Bishop.
“In this league, I am really never comfortable unless it is a double-digit lead,” Gromer said.
In the seventh, it was the play in the field that sent White to third that may have made the difference and allowed Pinamonti to score the winning run later in the lineup.
“It was huge because it put a guy on third instead of first and that puts pressure on everyone,” Steve Wade said.
With the win, Pinamonti is now a half-game back of CCBA in the league and a half-game up on VFW in their division with one game left before tournament play.
CCBA, on the other hand, has two games remaining in the regular season.
“Every single game is important,” Gromer said. “I don’t look at the standings because everyone is 0-0 when the tournament starts.”

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JL Hutchinson baseball
Don Gutteridge League
Friday, June 26, 2009
Pinamonti 8, CCBA 7
CCBA    400 020 1 — 7 6 5
Pinamonti    100 131 2 — 8 2 4
Christian Cedeno, Jake Brewer (4), Avery Coronado (7) and Bryan Wade. Dylan Gromer, Jack Villamaria (4) and Villamaria, Luke Marquardt (4). DP — Pinamonti 1. LOB — Pinamonti 5, CCBA 3. 2B — Shelby White, Brewer. 3B — White. SAC — Avery Coronado; Villamaria 2.