Gene Taylor’s rallies for win in Reno tourney

The Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday to rally for a 9-7 victory in six innings over Castro Valley in Reno, Nev.

Gene Taylor’s loaded the bases with no outs, and Marcus Wirth drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, Cole Cummins singled in the tying run, Casey Burns hit a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run, and Stephen Baldwin reached base on an error to bring in the game’s final run.

The big inning made a winner out of Walker Williams, who pitched three scoreless innings of relief and retired the side in order in the top of the sixth to end the contest. Walker limited Castro Valley and its roster of junior college players who completed their freshman year to three hits and no walks.

Drew Bridges went 2 for 2, hitting two doubles, including one that plated two runs in Gene Taylor’s three-run first inning. Burns went 3 for 3 and drove in a run in the second, staking Gene Taylor’s to a 5-0 lead.

Castro Valley scored three runs in the third and chased Gene Taylor’s starting pitcher Kameron Pfaff with no outs in the fourth, scoring four runs for a 7-5 lead, leading to Williams’ entrance.

Ty Burtard added two hits for Gene Taylor’s, which improved to 9-6 and is slated to play two games today, the third of four days at the Reno Muckdogs 4th of July Tournament.


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