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Mac Stuart delivers North County sweep with walk-off

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014

TEMPLETON — The North County Indians took two games from the ATH Baseball Academy team from San Diego on Saturday and Sunday at Vineyard Athletic Park with a run differential of 27-5 between the two games. In the third game of the series, the Indians eked out a sketchy win at the last possible moment, when Paso Robles native Mac Stuart hit a high fly ball into the settling dusk for a 11-10 walk-off win.

“We missed ground balls, we missed fly balls, we missed pitches all over the place,” North County Indians head coach Dan Marple said. “We did some things right but not enough to feel good about a win. We did not deserve to win that ballgame.”

On Saturday, returning to the field after a few days off, the Indians scored 14 runs on eight hits and nine RBI. They walked 15 times.

Corbin Meikle led the Indians with a 2 for 4 performance, including three runs and an RBI. Johnny Balliet was right there with Meikle, going 2 for 4, with three RBI and one run scored. Christian Priore was 1 for 2 with one run scored, and Davey Casciola went 1 for 2 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Coming in to relieve in the sixth inning, Austin Dondaville earned the win. Dondaville entered with a 3-2 lead, and the offense of the Indians exploded in the bottom of the sixth inning for 11 runs. The explosion of offense gave them enough firepower to overcome five errors and earn the 14-4 win.

North County local Keelan Willison went 2 for 4 with one RBI for the ATH Grizzlies.

In Sunday’s game, the defense tightened up to commit just one error, and the offense got off to an earlier start.

For the complete article see the 07-09-2014 issue.

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