Courtesy of Brian Wood:
Monterey paid a visit to Pacific Grove on Thursday (May 3) in a JV match up. A month and a half ago Monterey had defeated PG 15-5 on a cold and rainy night at Solecito Park. Today, it was time for the Breakers to turn the tables.
JJ Courtney continued his stellar pitching, throwing a complete game 2-hit shutout as Pacific Grove dominated throughout the game in a 12-0 victory for the red and gold. Courtney faced 16 batters in the five-inning game, one over the minimum and threw strike after strike; in fact almost 70% of his pitches were in the strike zone. He allowed no walks and was backed up by a Pacific Grove defense that committed no errors.
The Breakers wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard within the first. Zach Malone and Chianti Carter both singled to left field. With runners on first and second, Designated Hitter Charlie McMahon delivered, in the form a double to right-centerfield scoring both runners.
In the top of the second, Monterey’s Angelo Kelly singled to left. However, shortstop Powell stayed with a bad hop grounder by the next batter, stepped on second and threw to first to get the double play. PG added one their half of the inning. Desi Green walked, stole second, and came home on a single over the second baseman’s head by Powell. Courtney followed with a single before Monterey was able to exit the inning. PG now led 3-0.
The Breakers extended the lead to 4-0 in the third by playing small ball. Carter walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and to third and then home on two ground outs. Jay McMahon singled to left before the inning was closed.
In the top of the fourth, PG first baseman Mario Bonelli knocked down a hard grounder and raced the batter to the bag for the out. Despite having only one base hit in the fourth, PG tallied four runs as the Toreadors pitchers issued four free passes. Malone had the lone hit, a single, while he, Clint Cargile, Powell, and pinch runner Aidan Borman all scored runs during the inning.
Courtney retired the side 1-2-3 in the fifth on eight pitches. Courtney was efficient as he only tossed 42 pitches over his five innings of work (about eight per inning—most coaches would be happy with twice that amount). The Breakers closed out the game with four runs in the fifth. Green led off with a single, Cargile was hit by a pitch and both Powell and Courtney walked to bring in the first run. Two runs scored on a Malone fielder’s choice/error. Bonelli singled past the third baseman to re-load the bases. The final run was brought home by Jordan Booker on a ground out—his third RBI of the game, all on ground outs. That is what you call getting productive outs!
The Junior Breakers (11-8) have won three in a row and host Aptos on Saturday (May 5) at 1pm.