July 19, 2106
Long Beach, CA
The Academy Barons scored four times in the top of the ninth inning to erase a 4-1 deficit and beat the Long Beach Legends 5-4 today at Long Beach City College. Martin Teague (Hope Int)
doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs after Sam Shakin (Valparaiso)
tripled home a run and scored on a wild pitch and a third run scored on an error. Teague had a second double earlier in the game and another RBI to increase his league-leading totals in both catagories to 10 and 29 respectively. Kyle Murray
had seven strikeouts in the first six innings today before turning the pitching duties over to Oscar Munoz
who pitched the seventh and eighth inning to pick up the win, and Reece Buska
who stranded the tying run on base in the ninth inning to earn the save. The win improved the league-leading Barons to 19-7, two and a half games ahead of Santa Barbra, who also won today, with eight games remaining. With today's loss Long Beach falls to 13-17 in leaue, eight games behind the Academy. See the boxscore/recap here.
Also in the CCL today:
The Santa Barbara Foresters scored four two-out runs in their first at bat and three Foresters pitchers combined to limit the Ventura Halos to three hits while striking out ten as Santa Barbara beat Ventura 8-1 today at Ventura College. Bret Boswell's (Texas)
two-run triple followed by Tyler Adkison's (San Diego St)
two-run homer were enough for pitchers Tanner Lawson (Houston)
, six innings and five strikeouts; Ryan Shetter (Texas Tech)
, two no-hit innings with three strikeouts; and Max Gibbs (Cal St Fullerton)
a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts. Adkison added another hit and RBI, Dylan Paul (Texas State)
had three hits and an RBI, and Hank Lo Forte (Cal St Fullerton)
had two hits and two RBI to lead the Foresters. With the win Santa Barbara improved its record in league play to 17-10 and stays within striking distance, two and half games back, of the Academy Barons for the top spot in the CCL standings. The loss moves Ventura to 12-17. See the boxscore/recap here.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Baseball is crazy sometimes. Today in San Luis Obispo, the home team Blues needed to resume a suspended game against the Conejo Oaks before the two teams could play their regularly scheduled match up. The Blues, who were the visitors in the suspended game, came to bat today trailing 11-8 with a runner on base and promptly scored five runs to take a 13-11 lead. Crazy, right? But then the Oaks, the home team because the suspended game was played last Thursday at their home park, had their turn at bat and promptly scored three runs to win the game 14-13. It was so crazy the scorekeeper or the stats program itself, apparently had a hard time keeping up, so the details are foggy. But you can see the boxscore/recap here.
In the regularly scheduled game today between the Blues and Oaks, Wyatt Hogan (Hendrix)
hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and RJ Hassey
scored the go-ahead run on an error in the eighth as San Luis Obispo beat the Oaks 5-4. Blake Johnson (Alabama Birmingham) and Andrew Garretson (Cal St San Marcos)
had the other two RBI for the Blues. Jake Arledge (Arkansas)
had two hits, including a three-run home run, to lead the Oaks. The two-game split sets the Blues record in league play at 12-12 and the Oaks at 16-14, both teams just percentage points behind the Healdsburg Prune Packers for the wildcard berth in the CCL playoffs. See the boxscore/recap here.
Palo Alto, CA
The Healdsburg Prune Packers outhit the Menlo Park Legends 16 to six today in a match up of CCL North Division rivals but they needed to score one run in the top of the ninth inning to secure a 6-5 win at Baylands Park. Eli Elias
hit a one-out triple and scored on an RBI-single by Jamey Smart (Loyola Marymount)
to score the go-ahead run in the ninth. It was the third hit for both Elias and Smart in the game, Elias finishing with three runs scored and Smart with two runs driven in, and Jake MacNichols (Santa Clara)
also had three hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning to lead the Packers. Clayton Casey (Houston)
had a two-run home run in the sixth inning and Nick Brooks (Gonzaga) and Ryan McCarthy (Santa Clara)
hit back-to-back solo home runs in the eighth to keep Menlo Park close. With the win Healdsburg improves to 12-10 in league play, percentage points ahead of the Conejo Oaks for the wildcard berth to the CCL playoffs. Menlo Park falls to 10-10. See the boxscore/recap here.
La Mirada, CA
The Southern California Catch scored 14 runs in their first four at bats, nine coming in the third inning alone, as the Catch beat the Orange County Riptide 14-8 today at Biola University. The Catch took advantage of four walks in the third inning by adding a double and four singles to score the nine runs. Caleb Potter (West Virgina)
started the Catch's offensive onslaught by hitting a three-run home run in the first inning and Nate Pecota (William Jewell)
continued it with a solo homer in the second. Potter finished the game with two hits and four RBI, Pecota with two runs scored and two RBI, and Sam Mrstik (Dallas Baptist)
had two hits and two RBI to lead the Catch. Tommy Bell (Cal Baptist)
hit a three-run home run in the third inning, Dillon Kelley (Chico State)
hit a two-run home run in he fifth, and Cassius Hamm (El Camino College)
had five strikeouts in two innings pitched to lead the Riptide. With the win, the Catch improve their record in league play to 14-14, percentage points behind the Healdsburg Prune Packers for the wildcard berth to the CCL playoffs. Orange County falls to 11-17. See the boxscore/recap here.