April 11, 2013
Yuba City rallies to top Pioneer in dramatic fashion again; Honkers' Tri-County league baseball supremacy continues

Yuba City has been the gold standard in Tri-County Conference baseball for all seven seasons of its existence.

The Honkers, who began this season 3-8 in nonleague play, continue to shine when it comes to league.

Twice this week they rallied to beat Pioneer in dramatic fashion to stay atop the league that they have dominated and won the last six years.

On Monday in Yuba City, Wesley Estes hit a three-run walk-off home run as the Honkers defeated Pioneer 6-5. On Wednesday in Woodland, Yuba City scored twice in the seventh inning to tie then won it in the eighth, 3-2.

The Honkers (8-8, 5-0) did it despite getting only one hit in the last two innings. Instead they took advantage of several Pioneer (9-6, 3-2) physical and mental errors.

Yuba City's Chandler Eden, considered one of the top 100 high school players in the nation by Baseball America, struck out 13, including all three Patriots' hitters in the eighth. He allowed seven hits and walked two.

Thomas Galart pitched well for Pioneer in striking out nine and allowing four hits in seven-plus innings. The Nevada-bound senior also had two hits and scored a run.

Zack Aukes, continuing his recovery from Tommy John surgery, struck out two and hit a batter in relief of Galart in the eighth.

The two teams play the finale of their three-game series 7 p.m. Friday in Yuba City.

Then the Honkers will take on co-leader Woodland (11-6, 5-0) in a three-games series next week.

Yuba City has gone 89-6 in Tri-County Conference play through the years.

The Honkers are after an eighth consecutive league title.

They won Metro Conference championships in 2006 and 2005 (co-champs with Granite Bay).

Yuba City also won four consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championships from 2007 to 2010.



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