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.
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.