Merchants’ Season Underway

Merchants’ Season Underway

The Alameda Merchants dropped its last contest 7-1 to the Redding Colt 45s last Saturday, June 14, at Tiger Field in Redding. 

The Colt 45s jumped on the Merchants early and never took its foot off the gas. After not giving the Merchants a run in the top half of the first inning, Redding scored four runs in the bottom half. The Colt 45s also added runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings. Cam Gust’s home run over the right field wall helped ignite the Colt 45 offense. Three Colt 45 players — Hunter Smith, Colt Bickerstaff and Jack Falherty — drove in two runs.

As well as the Colt 45 offense performed, its defense was just as stellar. Jeffery Curran pitched seven shut-out innings giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters. 

Robb Woodcock was on the mound for the Merchants. He was roughed up early and was pulled after just two innings of work giving up five earned runs. Woodcock gave up just two hits, but walked four batters.

Charlie Caccamo drove in Shea Sbranti in the ninth inning to end the shut out for the Merchants.

The loss brings the Merchants’ record to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in league play. They play in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League (GSCBL). They are currently in sixth place out of nine teams. The minor league team consists of college-level players throughout the Bay Area. Top Speed Baseball sits atop the league with a perfect 4-0 league record and 12-1 overall. The Merchants’ next contest is today against the Solano Mudcats who are an independent team and not in the GSCBL. 

Tim Nelson coaches the summer league team. The Merchants’ season continues throughout the month of June and July with the last regular season match up on Sunday, July 27, against Top Speed. The Merchants play home games at the College of Alameda baseball field.