FARMINGTON— After RC Baker earned a 12-0 Friday night over RC Foster some of the RC Baker players, and even coach Thomas Kellenaers, said it was probably the best game the team had played all season.
That game was replaced in the category of "best game" in less than 24 hours when RC Baker upset 4-Corners 5-2 Saturday evening at Ricketts Park.
"This one takes the cake for sure," Kellenaers said after the game.
The RiverCats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but 4-Corners answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second to even the score.
After the quick start from both teams RC Baker's Trey Franks and 4-Corners' Cam Baird settled into a pitcher's duel, matching each other inning after inning with dominant performances.
On the night Franks gave up just two hits while Baird held the River Cats to one hit from the second through sixth innings.
"The kid on the bump was freaking awesome," Kellenaers said of Baird. "The guy was filling it up, throwing strikes, and we were sticking to just have a quality at bat and sooner or later it's gonna happen."
It finally did happen for the River Cats in the final inning.
Following a lead-off single from first baseman Logan Klunder, Andrew Caliendo reached first after his bunt down the third base line slipped under the glove of 4-Corners' Jeff Deimling. On the next at bat Philip Archuleta advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt to create the RiverCats first real scoring opportunity since the first inning.
"Logan Klunder's lead off single was huge, and I know when Phil Archuleta came up and laid down a sac to move the guys over, that was big time," Kellenaers said.
Next up for the RiverCats was Tyler Archuleta, who drove the ball deep into center field for a two-RBI triple. Tyler Archuleta would go on to score to make it 5-2 RiverCats heading to the bottom of the seventh.
In the bottom of the inning, 4-Corners' last chance to extend the game, Franks again took the mound and continued his domination, retiring the side to seal the victory.
"My arm was feeling good," Franks said after the game. "I was able to throw a few good breaking balls when I needed them and got a couple outs when we needed them. And I've got my offense behind me, giving me a couple runs in the last inning when I needed it."
After the win Kellenaers said he couldn't be more happy with the team's performance and is looking forward to more games like it.
While the RiverCats were elated with their performance, the 4-Corners dugout gave off an entirely different vibe.
"Just flat. Completely flat. Flat in the dugout. Flat on the field, and when you play good ball clubs that's gonna happen," 4-Corners coach Brett Alexander said of the team's performance and loss. "You've got to come out ready to play every single day and we didn't."
After the loss, the 4-Corners coaching staff was preaching the importance of taking the field with a high level of focus, and hope the loss will serve as an eye-opener for the team as they near the City Tournament.
Alexander said the message the coaching staff hopes to send to their team is that they can't take any team lightly.
"I've said it all along," Alexander said. "That's a good ball club. Minus Gunner (Archuleta) and Zack (Ahlgrim) that's PV's varsity next year."
With 4-Corners looking at the loss as a learning experience, the RiverCats see it as a huge confidence boost heading into the City Tournament.
"It's gonna help us a lot," Franks said. "We've beat Strike Zone and now we've beat them. I mean, we have a decent shot to make it pretty far in the tournament. We can upset a couple teams. I know it will boost these guys' confidence. We've got a good shot."