Courtesy of Brian Wood:
Tuesday (Apr 10) found the PG Breakers varsity baseball team traveling one hour north to take on the Scotts Valley Falcons. In a contest that PG led the entire way, it was the home run balls that stood out in an 8-7 victory for the Breakers.
PG got off to a fast start in the first inning. Trevor Heyn led off with the first of his three walks, stole second base, and eventually scored on a ground out by Hunter Hanes. Kevahn Ebron blasted the first pitch he saw over the right field fence for a two-run home run bringing home Daniel Rosas who had singled to left ahead of him. The Breakers led 3-0.
Starting pitcher Ebron was strong in the first inning striking out the 2-3-4 hitters with a runner on third. After the Falcons scored an unearned run in the second, PG responded with another run in the third. Heyn walked, stole second and came home on an unusual 6-3-5 (short to first to third to catch a runner trying to advance) double play—scoring before the final out was made giving the Breakers a 4-1 lead.
Scotts Valley put another unearned run on the board in the third. However, PG turned a sweet 4-6-3 (2B-Nathan Wood to SS Heyn to 1B Ebron) double play to limit the damage. The Breakers again responded in kind in the top of the next inning. With the bases loaded (Ebron-walk, Dylan Graham and Connor Marshall-singles), Heyn drew another base on balls driving in Ebron for a 5-2 lead.
Reliever Graham gave up a lead off double in the fourth, but stranded the runner by retiring the next three batters in order. Pacific Grove added two runs in the fifth. Hanes led off with a double and stole third. Ebron was intentionally walked bringing up Wood who laid down a perfect bunt to the right side splitting the first and second basemen for an RBI single bringing home Hanes. The Falcons new pitcher walked the first two batters he faced forcing in a run (Ebron) before he settled down to get the final two outs and leaving the bases loaded.
Scotts Valley, now down 7-2, did not give up and plated yet another unearned run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out in the top fo the sixth, Hanes matched teammate Ebron when “he hit it high, he hit it deep, it is out of here!” to use Giants announcer Duane Kuiper’s standard call, with a home run to right field.
The Falcons made a game of it in their half of the sixth when they scored four runs on a combination of a two hit batters, an error, two singles, and two base on balls. However, PG turned an unusual double play of their own, 7-6-5. With the bases loaded, the Scotts Valley batter hit a long drive to left field where Colby Brunnell corralled it and threw to shortstop Jackson Destefano who relayed to third baseman Josh Mares who applied the tag on the Falcons runner trying to advance from second.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh and PG leading 8-7, reliever Heyn shut down Scotts Valley with a fly out and two strike outs including the final out looking to secure the victory for PG and earn a two-inning save.
Coach Gil Ruiz knew pitching could be stretched thin this week with four games so he used six pitchers over the course of seven innings all pitching 1-2 innings. Ebron, Marshall, Graham, and Mares all allowed zero earned runs.
PG (5-8) meets Trinity High School in a home and away split on Wednesday (Apr 11, at PG, 4pm) and Friday (Apr 13, 4pm at PG) and end their four-game week hosting Edison High School (Fresno) on Saturday (Apr 14, 1pm). PG JV hosts Soquel on Thursday (Apr 12).