Santa Rosa strands go-ahead runners, loses playoff series

SANTA ROSA — After forcing a third and deciding game, the Santa RosaWarriors found themselves in position to steal the series and eliminate the Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions for the second time in as many years.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, it wasn’t meant to be.

Down two runs with two outs, Santa Rosa’s Leo Lara came to the plate after teammate Devyn Saldivar was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Lara caught a good pitch, but smacked it right to the Academy shortstop, securing a 10-8 Lions win in the deciding game of their best-of three bi-district series in Santa Rosa on Saturday afternoon.

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