Baseball Frogs take command of MLL race

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All of a sudden, Bret Harte High School has the hammer in the Mother Lode League baseball race.

The Bullfrogs were part of a four-team pack one game apart a couple weeks ago. Now, they're two games up in the loss column after yesterday's big 7-1 victory over Linden at the Bret Harte diamond.

Bret Harte is 7-2 in the MLL to 6-4 for both Linden and Calaveras. Argonaut is 5-5 and Amador 4-5, so a lot can still happen with six games to play. But, for the time being, the Bullfrogs are feeling good.

"We're pretty excited," coach Heath Lane said.

Junior right-hander Anthony Bennett scattered eight hits in pitching a complete game. He struck out four and walked one as the bullfrogs avenged a 1-0 loss to the Lions on March 21 in Linden.

The Emerson brothers, senior Travis and freshman Levi, did the heavy hitting. Travis went 4-for-4 with three doubles and Levi hit a three-run home run.

Bret Harte did all its scoring in the first three innings against Linden ace Ryan Holloway, putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first, adding a run in the second and hanging up a four-spot in the third.

In the first, Judd Bales walked and eventually came home on a single by Ken Baptista. In the second, Brian Kane hit a solo homer, his first round-tripper of the season. In the third, Baptista and Travis Emerson singled ahead of Levi Emerson's homer, and J.T. Ulyatt singled and scored on a wild pitch.

Bret Harte visits Calaveras tomorrow at 4 p.m. in San Andreas, weather permitting. Lane said he wouldn't mind a rainout as his other pitcher, junior righty Sean Nelson, is experiencing elbow pain and could use a bit more rest.

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