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D’backs end season with a big win

June 10, 2014

Cal Omohondro hit his 14th homer of the season in Saturday’s win for the Diamondbacks. Photo by Deb Murphy

Saturday was the Diamondback’s day. The Bishop Little League Majors team took a 12-2 win over the Astros in the final game of the regular season and Cal Omohondro ended his Major’s career with his 14th home run of the season.
The Astros put up a better fight than the score reflected; batters were making contact and getting on base but just couldn’t string enough hits together to cross home plate.
Facing Omohondro on the mound, the Astros’ Jaden Braithwaite made it to first on a base-on-balls, followed by a 1-RBI single by Joey Molina, on errors. The Astros got on the scoreboard first at 0-1, but the final strikeout retired the side leaving a runner on.
Astros’ pitcher Molina started his stand with a strikeout, but then the D’backs bats went to work. Clay Omohondro doubled into left field. His brother, Cal, brought him home with a ground ball through centerfield, setting up a revolving door at home plate. Brady Womack and Reece Marsh both doubled in runners.
Molina was on his way to holding the D’backs to a 3-run inning with back-to-back strikeouts, but a passed ball on the final strike brought in the fourth run from Marsh. The Diamondbacks led, 4-1.
Joe Weaver got things rolling again for the Astros with a perfect bunt single; Weaver advanced to second on errors.
With one runner on and one out, Branden Gilliem sent the ball deep into right field, bringing Weaver home. The Astros threatened with a 4-2 score.
The D’backs defense brought the inning to a quick close with quick action at third base by Marsh for the final out.
Unfortunately for the Astros, the D’backs offense was just getting warmed up. With one out and two runners in position on walks, Clay Omohondro had a repeat performance with a 2-RBI double in deep center field. In an eerie déjà vu from the first inning, Cal Omohondro hit a double to bring his brother home. Brady Womack got to first on a walk, but Cal Omohondro went for the steal to third only to be met with a tag out.
Marsh stepped up with a single, advanced to second on errors and stole home on a passed ball on the final strike out. Diamondbacks led 8-2.
The Astros looked poised to get back into the game with a big triple into center field off the bat of Wesley Pettet. Pettet tried to steal home on a passed ball and got caught on the wrong side of a rundown for the second out. Cal Omohondro finished out the inning with a strikeout.
With the mid-day heat building up on Field 4, the Diamondbacks very much wanted to wind up the season in four innings with the 10-run mercy rule. Toward that effort, Ian Murphy singled at the top of the line-up. With one out and Murphy on base, Kano doubled in the D’backs’ ninth run.
Clay Omohondro was up next, not good news for the Astros, with a 1-RBI hit that brought Kano home for the 10th run.
Cal Omonondro already had 13 homeruns on the season with the hope of tying the unofficial record of 14. He pulled off that feat, with a line drive that cleared the fence by less than a foot to send the D’backs out in front by 10.
The Astros’ next at-bat was a quick three-up/three-down with a strikeout and 2 outs at first base.
The Diamondbacks got the win, 12-2.

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