Rams Sweep Friday Doubleheader After Difficult Season Start


Marcus Davis takes a swing at a pitch during the Rams’ doubleheader against the Los Medanos Mustangs on Feb. 1, 2019. Photo by Ben Hensley

Story By: Derek Bullis, Reporter

Fresno City Rams Baseball swept the Los Medanos Mustangs Friday afternoon, winning both games to wrap up a doubleheader that started on Thursday night.

Starting off the afternoon Los Medanos players were loud for several exciting innings while Kohl Simas pitched for six innings against Los Medanos’ Scott Meylan.

Both pitchers were battling inning after inning the first several innings with the Rams’ first runs coming in the third, and eventually taking a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Tyler Littlefield triple that scored Thursday’s walk-off hero Noel Bustos.

The Mustangs were quickly silenced when the Rams started a run scoring streak which saw at least one run in each inning after the third. Kohl Simas threw for a total of six innings and faced 31 batters, striking out one, to go along with seven hits with three earned runs.

Ram’s third baseman Ian Ross managed to get in three hits for the game, two doubles in the third and sixth innings, and in the seventh sent the ball flying over the left field wall for a home run. This is Ross’ second home run playing against the Mustangs, Ross quickly becoming a valued player for the Rams with seven RBIs and three home runs in the first seven games this season.

Rams’ freshman catcher Noel Bustos followed up his Thursday night walk-off with another strong showing, collecting two hits to go along with two RBIs, along with freshman shortstop Tyler Littlefield’s two hits and RBI.

Game two had a slow start with the first few innings until Los Medanos took the lead in the top of the fourth inning scoring four unearned runs after two errors by the Rams.

Rams’ starting pitcher Jiovanni Saavedra threw for six innings, facing 25 batters, getting two strikeouts and only giving up three hits and no earned runs.

In the bottom of the fifth inning Rams’ Kohl Simas, now starting at first base, hit a double sending home Noah Perez and Chet Allison. With the next Rams’ player up to bat Joey Freitas singled scoring the Rams another run. Simas later scored on a passed ball tying the game at four runs for each side.

With the score still tied up in the bottom of the ninth inning, it was Chet Allison’s walk-off single that sent home Travis Moore for the winning run of the game. It was the Rams’ second walk-off win in as many days, following Bustos’ late game heroics the night before.

Friday’s doubleheader final scores were 15-7 and 5-4 wins, giving the Rams a record of 4-3 going into Wednesday afternoon’s game versus Folsom Lake.