SANTEE — In a game of mistakes, the Central Union High School baseball team committed just a few more than its opposition in a 5-4 loss to Santana High School here Monday in the first round of the San Diego Section Division III playoffs.
With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Spartan relief pitcher Dan Gonzalez walked two Sultans. Nearly out of the inning with two outs, Gonzalez threw an 0-2 pitch to Santana's Jeff Woods, who ripped the ball into centerfield, driving in Paul Cabading for the winning run.
"We lost the game on defense," said Central head coach Dave Middleton. "Every run they scored came on an error, either physical or mental. You can't walk a guy and put him into scoring position in the seventh inning."
The Spartans lost control of the game well before the seventh inning.
In the sixth Central was resting easy, handling the Sultans with a 4-2 lead. An error on a single from Santana's Hayden Penn allowed Cabading to score from first base, making the game 4-3. Tommy Wiley later drove in Penn to tie the game at 4-4, setting up the seventh inning heroics.