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Shepherds Top Cage Rats

By Sam Reel, 07/16/20, 5:15AM PDT



The SoCal Shepherds got back in the win column on Wednesday with a 13-2 victory over the California Cage Rats.

Every aspect of the Shepherds performance was impressive, starting with starting pitcher Cory Treyes on the mound. Treyes went five innings, allowing two runs and striking out five.

Andrew White, Anthony Reynoso (Providence), and Austin Hallman (George Fox) combined to pitch four shutout innings out of the bullpen, with Hallman throwing a perfect ninth to seal it.

The Shepherds' offense impressed again, as the unit that leads the Sunset League in runs scored put up 13 on the day. Every starter in the lineup reached base for the Shepherds and had 12 hits total.

Tommy Acuna (Cal Poly Pomona) got things started in the bottom of the first with a two-run single to left. Acuna would add on a double later in the game for his third multi-hit game of the season.

Chad Ragland (Delta State) would tack on a run with an RBI single, and Joey Scotvold (Rio Hondo) would drive in two with a double. Ragland has now reached base in every game of the season thus far, and currently has an OBP of .558.

Right fielder Tanner Smith (Oregon) had another huge game, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Smith's solo home run in the bottom of the third was his third of the season, and he just missed his fourth home run of the season in the seventh with a ground-rule double to straightaway center field. Smith finished with four RBI on the day, bringing his season total to 16.

Noah Reitmeyer (Arizona Christian) and Sebastian Dunn (UNC Ashville) each drove in a run and had two-hit days. Reitmeyer is now hitting .450 in limited playing time (20 ABs).

Shepherds' sparkplug Sawyer Smith (Drury) scored three runs out of the number ten-hole in the lineup. In addition to an RBI double in the seventh, Smith walked twice and stole a base.

The Shepherds will be back in action tomorrow at 5 pm as they take on the Inland Valley Pirates.