It came down to the wire on Monday, with the Solano Mudcats winning the 2018 BACL Championship on a dramatic ninth inning walk-off that sealed their victory over Palo Alto Oaks. The game was tied at six with Solano batting when Peter Torres was struck by the first pitch of the at bat in his left hand, driving in the game winning run.
Although the game’s deciding play came down to a hit by pitch, hits were not hard to come by in the championship game as Solano collected ten hits and Palo Alto Oaks tallied seven in the high-scoring affair.
Solano opened up an early lead in the first inning when Mike Driscoll’s sac fly scored one run for the Mudcats.
Jack Gamba pitched Solano to victory. He went one inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit, striking out one and walking zero. Nick Roach started the game on the bump for Solano and registered a quality start, leaving after 6 innings with a 5-4 lead. Chris Bruner entered the game out of the bullpen and held the one run lead for Solano into the ninth despite surrendering one run as Solano added one run of their own after Roach’s departure.
Gray Goodman took the loss for Palo Alto. He went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five.
Matt Eastman started the game for Palo Alto. He surrendered five runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out two.
Joey Dodson and Wesley Galloway managed multiple hits for Solano with Dodson going three for four on the evening and Galloway adding a two-run dinger in the fourth.
Solano claimed the inaugural BACL League title, their first league title since leaving the Sacramento Rural League in 2014 to play as an independent. With the win Solano finished a successful 2018 campaign with a 22-14 record.
The Solano Mudcats Baseball Club provides a fun, family friendly, hometown environment. Through baseball we teach our student athletes core life values of discipline, accountability, responsibility, teamwork and integrity. Our Goal is to have the players compete at the highest level on the field and become successful, productive young men off the baseball diamond.