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Post 84 stung in opener

American Legion Baseball
By: Eric J. Gourley Journal Sports Writer
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A bee stung Cole Perez on both elbows while he landscaped Thursday afternoon. The Del Oro senior’s day didn’t get any easier when he got to James Field a few hours later. Perez labored through four long innings in Auburn Post 84’s 18-1 mercy-rule loss to El Dorado Post 119 in the first game of best-of-three series in American Legion district tournament action. “That affected it a little, but at the same time it was just one of those days,” said Perez, who faced El Dorado for the third time in five games between the squads this summer. Auburn is still looking for its first win against the hot-hitting club. “The last two times we’ve played them they’ve been on fire,” Auburn manager Dan Quick said. “You can tell they’ve put a lot of work in. The good thing about a game like this is it’s easy to put behind you.” The series continues at James Field today at 6:30 p.m. The winner advances to next week’s area tournament, since there are only two teams in the district. “We’re going to give it our best effort,” Quick said. “We saved pitching tonight because it got out of hand, so we’ll see what happens. Maybe we can catch them on a bad day.” Auburn scored its lone run in the second inning against Matt Evanoff, who scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked two in five strong innings. Colfax’s Cory Nann was hit by a pitch and Matt Ryan slapped an Evanoff offering for a two-out single through the hole into left to cut the deficit to 2-1. El Dorado answered by sending 13 batters to the plate in a seven-run third inning. “I think it was psychological because when he got here he said, ‘I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to go,’ and once the game gets out of hand it changes your whole strategy,” Quick said.