Atwater, California – The Gems and the Atwater Aviators played today in the series finale. The Aviators were able to win all both game of the series so far, as the Gems looked to avoid the sweep. The Gems had come into the game losing the last 9 games in a row, so this was an important game to get back on track. Cameron Leff started for the Gems, and Matthew Thomas started for Atwater. The Gems offense struggled to get anything going in the early innings, but battled back and took the game to extra innings, when Wes Carswell hit a three run bomb for the Gems which ended up being the difference maker.
In the second inning, Ryan Cardone got the Aviators going with a single. After stealing second and third, Cardone scored on a sac fly by Kevin Saenz Jr.
In the top of the fifth, Wyatt McKnight was hit by a pitch to lead off for the Gems. Colby Tam singled, and Wyatt McKnight later scored on a wild pitch.
The Gems finally took the lead in the fifth inning, when Brian Morley hit a two out triple to center. Brendan Moore then doubled to right center to score Morley, giving the Gems a 2-1 lead.
Atwater answered right back, as Victor Tiscareno reached on a throwing error which out him on second. Alex Pallios was hit by a pitch, and Cardone singled to load the bases. Mason Washington followed with a single to right field, to bring home Tiscareno and Pallios to regain the 3-2 lead.
Cameron Leff threw 7 strong innings for the Gems, as he only allowed 3 runs, on 3 hits. Joel Virshek entered the game in the eighth inning for the Gems.
In the top of the eighth, Brian Morley hit a solo homerun to left, to tie the game at 3. Morley went 3-4 and was a double shy of the cycle.
Virshek allowed leadoff runners to get on in the eighth and the ninth, but erased both runners by double plays. Virshek pitched two scoreless innings, giving the Gems a chance in extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, Dainel Heramsillo entered the game on the mound for the Aviators. Hermasillo decided to intentionally walk Morley, and then walked Moore to put two runners on. Wes Carswell then stepped into the box, and crushed a three run homerun over the scoreboard in left field. The Gems were able to push across three more runs in the inning, giving them a 9-3 lead.
The Aviators didn’t go down quietly, as they scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th but came up short, giving the Gems a 9-5 win.