Bonita All-Stars fall, 10-2, to Golden Gate

A revolving door of Golden Gate National pitchers wasn't the only obstacle the Bonita Springs Junior League All-Stars had to contend with on Saturday.

Bonita shortstop Octavio Torres prepares to scoop up a ground ball against Golden Gate National.

Photo by KEVIN JOHNSON, Banner

Bonita shortstop Octavio Torres prepares to scoop up a ground ball against Golden Gate National.

"Guys, we're beating ourselves today," Bonita manager Shannon Rhodes told his players in the fifth inning after a base running blunder ended a potential scoring threat.

Shaky on both sides of the ball in its District 18 debut, Bonita lost to host Golden Gate National, 10-2.

Seven Golden Gate pitchers threw one inning each, combining to hold Bonita to seven hits with six strikeouts.

Bonita starter Kyle Bryerton deserved a much better fate than what his team's defense delivered. Bonita committed five errors while Bryerton allowed nine hits, struck out six and walked one.

Leading 1-0 in the second, Stephen Scott reached base on an infield error and scored on a single by Chris Bussing (2-for-2).

Bonita Springs catcher Blair Foreman tags out Golden Gate National's Ben Whitter in the second inning of a District 18 Junior League All-Star tournament game on Saturday. Golden Gate won 10-2.

Photo by KEVIN JOHNSON, Banner

Bonita Springs catcher Blair Foreman tags out Golden Gate National's Ben Whitter in the second inning of a District 18 Junior League All-Star tournament game on Saturday. Golden Gate won 10-2.

Golden Gate notched two more unearned runs in the fourth following a pair of infield errors. What should have been a 1-2-3 inning for Bryerton instead turned into a 4-1 deficit. Bussing's RBI single was the lone hit of the rally.

The game slipped away from Bonita in the fifth as Golden Gate tacked on two more runs, one coming on a single by Josh Grant (2-for-3).

A pair of errors led to four more runs in the sixth. Matt Johnson delivered a three-run double and Grant belted his second RBI single.

Bonita's scoring came in the third on a double by Octavio Torres and in the seventh on another double by Travis Rhodes.

Rhodes (2-for-4) and Tyler Snider (2-for-3) led Bonita, which went in order just once. Blair Foreman and Thomas DeMaio each drew two walks.

Bonita was scheduled to conclude pool play on Monday night.

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