The Fresno City College baseball team is not making things easy for itself.
R.J. Hartmann’s throwing error — the Rams’ 13th error of the postseason — led to an Ohlone run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Renegades defeated the Rams 4-3 to force a decisive third game of a Super Regional playoff series on Sunday. Game 3 will start at noon at Euless Park.
The winner advances to next weekend’s Sectional round, four best-of-three series at the top two remaining seeds in both Northern California and Southern California. No. 2 Fresno City would host if it wins Sunday.
But first, the Rams must deal with No. 10 Ohlone, led by former Washington High and West Hills College coach Mike Curran.
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Saturday’s game was an epic battle between starting pitchers Drayton Riekenberg of Fresno and Elias Bedolla of Ohlone. Bedolla (7-2) pitched a complete game, scattering nine hits and four walks and allowing three earned runs. He retired the side in order in each of the last two innings.
Riekenberg (7-3) was statistically sharper, giving up just six hits and three walks in 91/3 innings. But the unearned run in the 10th cost him.
Fresno, the designated visitor for Game 2, went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally. Tucker Salles walked, Logan Poisall singled and leadoff batter Daniel Gardner hit a two-run double.
Ohlone tied it in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double play. Poisall’s RBI single gave the Rams the lead in the seventh, but the Renegades rallied in the eighth.