Sometimes, a team’s record tells a misleading story. There is no mention of margins in the win loss column, no documentation of close calls or blown leads. There is no metric that can define how entertaining a game was.
With a 3-2 home loss to the San Marino Titans Tuesday afternoon, the South Pasadena Varsity Boys Baseball Team fell to 0-9 in Rio Hondo League play, 4-13 overall.
The defeat was the third of the season in which the Tigers entered the final inning of play either winning or tied for the lead.
South Pasadena fell behind early, allowing two runs in the top of the first. But junior Adam Schroder knocked in two runs in the bottom of the 3rd with a high-bouncing ground ball that found its way past the Titans’ shortstop. Schroder was left stranded on base after stealing second but the Tigers were back in the game heading into the top of the 4th.
Junior Noah Parker settled in on the mound for South Pasadena, throwing five scoreless innings from the 2nd through the 6th. After allowing two runs in the 1st, one unearned, Parker hardly allowed a baserunner the rest of the way.
The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the 6th but left runners on 1st and 2nd. In the top of the 7th, San Marino put together a two-out rally, taking a 3-2 lead on a single to right field. The damage could have piled on for South Pasadena, but Schroder laid out to make a spectacular catch in left field to end the inning.
The game ended on a failed stolen base attempt.
The Tigers finished their season series with the Titans yesterday afternoon. Next week, they’ll turn their attention to Temple City, a team they lost to by a score of 6-1 earlier in the season.