Pitching Strong in Blues, Foresters Wins

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Updated: June 23, 2019

June 23, 2019
San Luis Obispo, CA

Derek True (Cal Poly) and Mitchell Scott (Cal) combined to strikeout eight of the first nine batters they faced, Reuben Mercado (San Jose St) hit a two-out RBI-single in the seventh inning, Taison Corio (Delta JC) hit a two-out RBI-single in the eighth and Evan Ingram (Hendrix) came into the game with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth inning and got the final two outs on two pitches to lead the San Luis Obispo Blues to a 2-1 win over the Conejo Oaks today at Sinsheimer Park. True and Scott led a staff of six pitchers who held the Oaks to their one run on five hits. True started the game for San Luis and allowed only a bunt single to Will Picketts (Cal St. Bakersfield) with two outs in the second inning. Scott relieved True to start the third inning and after striking out the side, surrendered what would be Conejo’s only run of the game in the fourth when Kevin Graham (Ole Miss) doubled with one out and Nico Lima (Oxnard JC) singled hm in to give the Oaks the lead 1-0. Travis Weston started on the mound for Conejo and outpaced True and Scott, retiring 13 of the 17 batters he faced, at one point retiring ten in a row, and allowed only two singles while striking out four over five innings. Chris Torres (Moorpark JC) relieved Weston and, after retiring the side in order in the sixth inning, surrendered a leadoff walk to Corio in the seventh. Corio then stole second base and advanced to third on an error and, after Torres was lifted for Kyle Nicol (Cal Poly), Mercado drove Corio in with a single to tie the game. Torres retired the last batter he faced in the seventh to avoid further damage and got two quick outs to start the eighth inning before Julian Bury (Columbia) reached base on a bunt single. John Vergara (UC Irvine) relieved Torres and, after issuing a walk that advanced Bury to second base, surrender Corio’s hit that proved to be the game winner. Pierson Ohl (Grand Canyon) picked up where True and Scott left off and held the Oaks scoreless over three innings, retiring nine of ten with two strikeouts before turning the pitching duties over to Kai Janowicz (UC Davis) who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Dylan Beavers (Cal), who started the ninth with a strikeout but allowed two singles and a walk that loaded the bases with one out for the Oaks. That’s when Ingram entered the game. Ingram closed out the win by inducing a groundball double-play on his second pitch thrown.

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Healdsburg, CA

Bryson Hill (Houston) hit a two-run home run and had a game-high four RBI, Blake McDonald (Santa Rosa JC) had a game-high four hits and drove in three runs, and Cole Brodnansky (UConn) hit an RBI-double and a two-run single to lead the Healdsburg Prune Packers to a 16-7 win over the Solano Mudcats today at Recreation Park. Today’s game started out as a slugfest with Solano scoring three times in the their first at bat on an RBI-double by Angelo Zorn (Occidental), a run-scoring single by Christian Harkey (Savannah St) and a sacrifice fly, and Healdsburg followed suit, scoring three times on RBI-doubles by McDonald and Brodnansky and a run-scoring single by Hill. The Mudcats scored three times again in the second inning on an RBI-double by Josh Medina (Sonoma St) and a two-run single by Harkey, and again Healdsburg answered, this time scoring six runs on a McDonald RBI-single, a two-run error, Hill’s two-run home run and another error to lead 9-6. Shamus Lyons (UC Riverside), who started on the mound for Healdsburg, stopped the back and forth scoring by pitching two scoreless innings before handing the ball over to the Packers bullpen. Andrew Hansen (St. Mary’s) relieved Lyons to start the fifth inning and, after retiring five of the first six batters he faced, allowed three walks and a single to surrender the Mudcat’s seventh run in the sixth. Elijah Birdsong (Pacific), Ian Villers (Cal) and Nick Roth each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the Packers’ win. Leading 9-7 Healdsburg blew the game open in the seventh inning, scoring seven times on seven walks and RBI-singles by McDonald, Connor Mack (Cal) and Brodnansky.

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Santa Barbara, CA

Brooks Fuller (Auburn), Kevin Larson (Fresno St), Hunter Breault (Oregon) and Connor Woods (UNLV) combined for ten strikeouts and five hits allowed, and the Santa Barbara Foresters offense scored four times in the fourth inning with the help of two errors in route to beating the Orange County Riptide 4-1 today at Pershing Park. Fuller started on the mound for Santa Barbara and struck out two over three innings of work and surrender the Riptide’s run in the second inning when Connor Aoki (Binghamtom) hit a leadoff single, advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on a Michael Peabody (UC Irvine) single. Fuller retired three straight batters in the third inning and Larson came into pitch two scoreless in the fourth and fifth, retiring six of seven batters he faced, two by strikeout. Breault struck out three in a perfect sixth inning and Woods pitched the last three innings scoreless, allowing two hits but getting two double-plays turned behind him to close out the win. Michael Defillipi (Pacific) was the starting pitcher today for Orange County and threw three scoreless innings before Quentin Selma (Cal) and Nick Bellafronto (Stanford) singled and doubled, respectively, to start the fourth inning and two errors and a fielder’s choice allowed Santa Barbara to take a 4-1 lead. Devin Sutorius (Biola) relieved Defillipi to get the final out of the fourth inning and then retired the side in order in the fifth. Andrew Davis, Taylor Pendley (Howard College) and Noah Walker (Texas St) pitched the last two and two thirds innings scoreless for the Riptide, allowing only one hit between them.

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Compton, CA

Noel Soto (Long Beach CC) and Noah Owen each struck out five batters, Soto in a five-inning start and Owen in two innings of relief, to lead the Academy Barons to a 6-3 win over the Arroyo Seco Saints tonight at the MLB Youth Academy. Spotted to a 2-0 lead after Logan Pollack (Michigan) hit a two-out two-run single in the first inning, Soto retired the next six batters in a row, three via strikeout and, after Basiel Williams Jr. (Jones JC) drove in the third Barons run in the third, Soto retired three straight after issuing a leadoff walk to start the fourth. In their half of the inning, the Barons extended their lead when Allante Hall hit an RBI-single to make the score 4-0. Only the fifth inning was a blemish on Soto’s outing as David Reyna (Ark-Monticello) led off with a triple and scored on a Thomas McCarthy (USF) single, but Soto finished the inning, and his outing, strong by striking out the next batter and retiring McCarthy on the bases at the front end of an inning-ending double play. Owen relieved Soto to start the sixth inning and retired the side in order, striking out two, and in the seventh struck out three more, although he did surrender a leadoff solo home run to Andy Garriola (Old Dominion) that made the score 4-2. The Barons offense answered right back, however, scoring twice in their half of the seventh on Williams’ second RBI-single of the game and an error, and then Yuji Sakane (East LA JC) and David Appleby (Michigan) combined to hold the Saints to one unearned run over the last two innings to secure the win. Grant Young (USF) started on the mound for Arroyo Seco and suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out one over four innings. Michael Garza (Incarnate Word) relieved Young to start the fifth inning and struck out six in three innings of work, allowing two runs on two hits before turning the pitching duties over to Alex Cornwell (USC) who struck out two of the three outs he recorded in the eighth.

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