Baseball: Lincoln takes full advantage of Marshall errors in playoff win

Lincoln starting pitcher Carlos Loeza sends a pitch toward the plate against Marshall on Tuesday at West Sunset Playground. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Jeremy Balan

After opening the game’s scoring with an RBI double from senior Marcus Blacksher, Marshall High School appeared to have the momentum to become the first B Division team to defeat an A Division foe in the Academic Athletic Association playoffs.

But it was a familiar hurdle that haunted the Phoenix after taking the lead, as Marshall committed five errors that resulted in eight unearned runs in a 9-2 loss to Lincoln High School on Tuesday at West Sunset Playground.

Marshall's Aumen Holliday is tagged out by Lincoln pitcher Carlos Loeza while trying to score on a wild pitch on Tuesday at West Sunset Playground. (Photo by Devin Chen)

“I hate that the season is over. We had a good run,” said Marshall head coach Gerald Rankin. “We were nervous and it was a big game. None of these guys have played in a big game before, but I’m so proud of these kids.”

The errors were certainly the difference, but to Lincoln’s credit, the Mustangs (9-6) capitalized on nearly every one, including a four-run second inning that snatched the lead away from Marshall (10-7).

With two outs, a Phoenix error extended the second inning and Lincoln made them pay with a two-run single from Jeremiah Naraja and a two-run triple from Carlos Loeza.

“Marshall dominated their division, so we weren’t going to take them lightly,” said Lincoln head coach Eric Calloway. “We barely got in [to the playoffs], so we needed to come out with great energy. Once we got ahead and got that confidence, we were ready to roll.”

Loeza, Lincoln’s starting pitcher, was effective, striking out seven in four innings to collect the win. The left-hander allowed just two hits and the single run in the first, which was unearned, before being pulled after the fourth with the Mustangs in command with an 8-1 lead.

Marshall’s starter, sophomore Aumen Holliday, struggled with command at times, but struck out five in three innings of work and was plagued by the Marshall errors that charged him five unearned runs.

The Mustangs advance to face top-seeded and league-undefeated Washington (14-0) on Thursday in the AAA semifinals.

Marshall senior first baseman Marcus Blacksher celebrates after an RBI double in the first inning against Lincoln on Tuesday at West Sunset Playground. (Photo by Devin Chen)

The Eagles swept Lincoln in the regular season but the games were far from similar. The first was a 4-3 loss, where Lincoln brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but the second was a 10-0 rout that was ended in the sixth due to the mercy rule.

“We’re not going to hold anything back,” Calloway said. “We’ve got our confidence rolling and we accept the challenge. We have nothing to lose. They’ve had our number this season, but this is the one game that counts.”

For Marshall, its season ends, but the future is still bright with nine underclassmen returning, including Holliday, who appears to have the makings of an AAA ace.

“The other schools are starting to respect us a little bit, and that’s all I wanted,” Rankin said. “We’ll be back. We’re just beginning.”

Scoring Summary

First Inning
M – Marcus Blacksher doubles, Aumen Holliday scores

Second Inning
L – Jeremiah Naraja singles, Herbert Moran and Hasaan Zahir score
L – Carlos Loeza triples, Dylan Melowitz and Naraja score

Third Inning
L – James Clark doubles, Remfel Ganal scores
L – Zahir reaches on an error, Clark scores

Fourth Inning
L – Josh Burnoski singles, Loeza scores
L – Burnoski scores on a balk

Sixth Inning
M – Javier Meza grounds out, Jim Mai scores
L – Ganal reaches on an error, Loeza scores

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  1. Denise says:

    That kid Aumen Holliday should be in the A division he went 3-3, 5 stolen bases, 5ks it is just sad that his defences could not catch a ball. When i looked on Max Prep the kid leads the nation in stolen baeses 57,11th On base percentage, 4th Batting Av 688, 11th Slugging Percentage and leads the AAA in all those catogory and the State of Californis and he is only a Soph there is your D 1 player if he keeps it up. And he plays Basketball,and golf he was on ALAMEDA HIGH UNDEFEATED GOLF TEAM 2010 LOOK IT UP.

    • Denise says:

      ALSO WANTED TO MENTION, that Aumen Holliday is a three sport guy hes now going straight into basketball point guard for Marshall, as well as playing some golf tournaments this summer he presently shoots a 77-80 from the black tees he’s working on getting his score down to 75

    • jbalan says:

      He went 2-for-3 yesterday… one was an error… He also only had one stolen base… The others were balks, wild pitches and errors…

      • Denise says:

        so how many bases did he reach?

      • Doc Holliday says:

        Thanks for pointing that out about Black Tees, Jbalan do you think it would hurt Aumen’s Oppertunity’s if he played golf next year instead of baseball,and picked baseball back up his senior year. just wondering or as was suggest that during the summer he play at least 3 tournaments and work on getting his score down to 75

        • jbalan says:

          I’m probably not the best person to ask something like that, but I think he should do what he enjoys most.

    • baseball dad says:

      There’s a lot of pride seeing a great kid plays good sports. Aumen Holliday is as good as they come in the AAA-B division.

      Clark Kent = superman on Earth, ??? on Krypton
      Aumen = Rick Henderson, Jeter, Bonds, Lincecum combined in AAA-B division, ??? in AAA-A division

      Stats on Maxpreps are over-rated especially when not everything is reported. Marshall only report 4 top players and stats on many lost games are not posted.

      Holliday’s potential is beyond sports.. so peace be with him

    • Anonymous says:

      yeah try being good in the wcal

  2. Denise says:

    sorry for the wrong info, i thought baulks were stolen bases, Google Aumen Holliday you can see what he did while at Alameda High and Oaland Babe Ruth, and golf

  3. Anonymous says:

    No one cares Denise, Holliday will not SURVIVE in the A division

    • Denise says:

      have you seen him play

      • Denise says:

        if not youwould want to do some research and see the numbers he put up in the Eastbay, 6 time all star played aginst the whole western area but San francisco got to Google before you make to many comments

      • Anonymous says:

        Go away. You are making everyone hate your son who is an average AAA player with some potential. Also there is no chance any Marshall player goes D1. They lost every game they played against average high school competition.

        • He’s is not son he’s my cousin and i have been watching him for a few years and i am proud of him and what he’s achived a lot this year under the condition. and he’s done the same thing on the other side of the bay agiinst Div 1 players and play in the The World Games@ Walt Disney in Orlando, Fl as a 13 year old playing 16 and under division aginst Venezuela, so appreciate a young man working doing the Thing.

          And remember baseball can be evaluated on an indiviual platform if you know what to look for.

    • Anonymous says:

      hahahahahaha!!!!! iv been waiting for a comment like this

  4. G says:

    J balan what do you think of this kid aumeen?

    • jbalan says:

      He’s solid at the plate and on the mound… The issue yesterday was the defense behind him…

      He would be a good A Division player now and he’s only a sophomore, and is one of the best players in the B Division I saw this year…

      He still has work to do though, and like I said in the article, he has the stuff to be a No. 1 starter in the league in any division.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Honestly , he plays for one of the weakest teams in the league where you can steal anytime , he probably leads the league in WALKS too , so all this “research” and “google” doesn’t mean anything

  6. absalom says:

    jbalen who would you pick aumen holliday, javier meza or marcus blacksher to be on your team???

  7. absalom says:

    also it is hard to believe holliday’s stats on maxpreps. He seems to have more at bats than everybody else on his team. On maxpreps: in one game marshall scored 6 runs, how did holliday have 4 rbi and 4 runs scored

    • baseball dad says:

      it is possible if Holliday had 4 HRs as he scores himself 4 times. It would make Holliday player of the week or even month.

  8. absolam says:

    he had 0 hrs on the season

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