Courtesy of Brian “Woodie” Wood:
Pacific Grove Lassos the King City Mustangs on Thursday (April 4) and rode them into submission 8-3.
PG was led by pitcher Brenden Moore who tossed four innings of near perfect ball while Hunter Hanes powered a home run over the right-centerfield fence.
Moore faced one over the minimum of 12 in four innings of work, the lone base runner coming on a bunt single the fourth. Moore was very efficient throwing just 42 pitches (29 for strikes) and notching four strike outs. PG’s relievers (Colton Bell 1K, Jordan Booker 2Ks, and Dylan Graham 1K) allowed just one earned run over the final three innings.
Hanes provided some pop to the offense by slugging his first home run of the season in the second inning. PG’s top hitter, Justin Heyn led off the game with a double, stole third and came in on a Zach Lewis ground ball. After Hanes made it 2-0 with his solo shot in the second, PG added five in the fourth inning. Daniel Rosas doubled home both Josh Mares and Nathan Wood (on via walks), Moore singled home Rosas while Hanes (walk) scored on a wild pitch. Trevor Heyn brought in Moore with the fifth run on a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Breakers final tally came in the sixth. After PG loaded the bases Justin Heyn (walk), Freddie Albert (walk) and Trevor Heyn (hit by pitch). Justin Heyn scored on a in infield grounder by Dezi Green.
PG managed its eight runs on just four hits, but also took 10 walks and 2 hit batsmen.
Defensively, Bell induced King City to hit into an inning-ending 3(Lewis)-6(Trevor Heyn)-3(Lewis) double play in the fifth.
PG (10-2 in league, 10-4 overall) travels to Soledad on Tuesday, April 9 at 4pm
JV forces King City to abdicate 9-2
PG pitchers combined to allow just five hits and three walks in their seven combined innings and neither of the Mustangs two runs were earned. Nolan Wade went three innings (2 hits, 2Ks), JJ Courtney, three innings (3 hits, 1K), and Cal Laflan, one inning (0 hits, 1 K), were on the mound for the Breakers.
PG got started early with a 4-spot in the bottom of the first. Cy Turner led off with a walk follwed by Chad Ventimiglia and Wade singles. After Cristopher Rosas reached via an error, Mario Bonelli and Jacob Booker both single and the Breakers led 4-0. Turner scored run number five in the second inning after reaching on an error and being moved along by a series of three ground balls. The runs kept coming in the third. Bonelli singled, Booker reached on an error, and Mitch Garcia via an fielder’s choice. An error and then a walk by Aidan Borman plated the two runs (now a 7-0 lead).
PG was held scoreless over the next two innings despite singles by Rosas and Courtney, a walk to Sean Overstreet, and a hit by pitch to Colin Tavares. After King City scored two unearned tuns in the sixth, the Breakers answered with two of their own. Rosas (error) and Spencer Nelson (single) made it home on two sacrifices (bunt by Isaac Overstreet and fly by Kaleb Kuska).
Defensively, catcher Rosas backpicked a King City runner at second, who was gunned down at third (Rosas to Tavares to Ryan Destefano).
The Breakers (9-3 in league and 9-4-1 overall) travel to Soledad on Tuesday, April 9 at 4pm.