“Anytime you get to play a night game, against a team like this and in a setting like this stadium, I think it’s something that’s memorable,” said West Ranch coach Casey Burrill, a former All-American catcher at USC. Bird scuffled out of the gates after a pair of singles to open the game turned into unearned runs following a misplayed grounder at first base. ECR added another run in the second on an RBI triple from Kitchen. But Bird settled down and retired 7 of his last nine batters faced. He scattered seven hits and three walks while striking out three. “(Bird) kind of got bled to death in that first inning,” Burrill said. “They weren’t hitting anything that hard but kept racking up the hits. I thought he stayed the course well.” Getting the length out of Bird despite the rocky start was especially important as the Wildcats have four games this week due to last week’s rainouts. Prior to Stefanos’ triple, Chambers had done most of the damage for West Ranch. His RBI single in the first drove in Ryan Camacho and he drove in Jovan Camacho with a double down the left-field line in the fourth.
FINAL: West Ranch hangs on for a 6-3 win after ECR loaded the bases in the ninth. David Montalban came in to record the final out. pic.twitter.com/xcA0oo3FK3— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) March 6, 2018
Along with playing at Dedeaux Field once again, the Wildcats also had a chance to tour USC’s campus prior to the game. “I think it’s a good experience for all the boys to kind of see what this is like,” Burrill said. “It’s one of those experiences we really look forward to every year.”
Will Chambers does it again as an opposite-field double scores Jovan Camacho from first with nobody away in B4. West Ranch trails ECR, 3-2. pic.twitter.com/hU77uSeLgt— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) March 6, 2018