SUTTER CREEK Bret Harte High School's bats thundered for the second straight game and the Bullfrogs moved into first place in the Mother Lode League yesterday with a 14-3 rout of three-time defending champion Amador.
The Bullfrogs smashed 14 hits only two days after collecting 11 in an 11-1 drubbing of Summerville at the Bret Harte diamond. Now 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the MLL, Bret Harte has a half-game lead via yesterday's big victory and a 5-2 loss yesterday by Linden (8-4, 4-2) to Argonaut (8-3, 3-2).
Bret Harte has beaten Amador twice this season after never defeating the Buffaloes (5-7-1, 2-3) in Heath Lane's first four seasons as coach.
"It's a nice change," he said. "I had never walked up those 85 steps a winner."
He was referring to the long cement staircase leading to and from the Amador field.
Sean Nelson singled home two runs to get the Bullfrogs started in the top of the first inning and winning pitcher Anthony Bennett blanked Amador until giving up three meaningless runs in the bottom of the fifth and final inning.
Ken Baptista rapped a two-run single and Judd Bales (3-for-4) and Bennett also singled in a six-run third that broke the game open. Amador committed all three of its errors in the third.
Scott McNurlin's two-run, pinch-hit home run highlighted a four-four fourth and Baptista, Travis Emerson, J.T. Ulyatt and Levi Emerson singled in a two-run fifth.
The Bullfrogs complete a three-game week tomorrow at home against archrival Calaveras (3-3), with Nelson scheduled to throw the first pitch at 4 p.m.
Playing for the first time after a rain-induced layoff of nearly two weeks, Bret Harte (7-8, 2-2) rode the pitching and hitting of K.C. Seiler to a 3-1 victory over host Amador (0-4).
In the pitcher's circle, Seiler worked a one-hitter, striking out three and walking three. In the batter's box, she went 2-for-2 with a run and a stolen base.
"That's a pretty good day," Bret Harte coach Todd Airola said.
The only hit Seiler gave up was a fourth-inning single. She held off Amador in the bottom of the seventh, when the Buffaloes scored their only run and put the tying runs on base, getting the final out on a grounder to Heather Sundling at second base.
Amanda Folendorf and Kim Carpenter hit run-scoring singles in the top of the first, and Ellie McCracken singled home a run in the fifth for Bret Harte.
Archrival and league-leading Calaveras (17-3-1, 6-0) is next for the Bullfrogs, tomorrow afternoon at 4 at Copello Park.