Courtesy of Brian Wood:
The rain finally subsided Tuesday allowing Pacific Grove to play both its Varsity and JV games and they came out on top in both cases, 5-1 at Watsonville (1-5) for the Varsity and 1-0 in PG for the Junior Breakers.
PG got off to a quick start in the first when Trevor Heyn walked, stole second, moved to third on a single by brother Justin, and scored on a wild pitch.
They added two more in the second. Josh Mares hit a one out double to right centerfiield. Zach Lewis was safe on first via an error, moving Mares to third. Jackson Destefano brought home Mares with a fielder’s choice and T.Heyn’s infield single plated Lewis for a 3-0 PG lead.
The Breakers loaded the bases in the third. Nathan Wood was safe at first on an error and stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Hunter Hanes walked and stole second, while Mares drew a free pass to load the bases. Alas, the Watsonville pitcher held strong and kept PG off the scoreboard.
In the fourth PG added a tally with back to back doubles by J.Heyn and Daniel Rosas. Wood ended the inning with a long fly ball to deep center that the Wildcat centerfielder was able to track down 15 feet short of the fence. Watsonville scored their only run of the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Hanes started for the Breakers, went four strong innings, striking out eight, and allowing just one hit (whom he then picked off at first), and three walks. Freshman Brenden Moore pitched two innings of shut out relief, striking out three, allowing one hit and a walk. Senior Kevahn Ebron closed out the game in the seventh striking out the final two batters he faced.
In the sixth, J.Heyn scored PG’s fifth run when he was brought home from second on a triple by pitcher Moore. Nathan Wood added an infield single in the seventh but was stranded at third to close out the inning.
Breakers fielders sparkled had a clean slate with no errors allowed. Rightfielder Charlie McMahon threw out a runner at first base after he fielded a hard knock in the thrid. In the fifth, Moore was helped out by an nice around the horn double play Mares to J.Heyn to Ebron. In the bottom of the sixth, Catcher Wood attempted a back pick of a runner at second who decided to try for third and met his demise there on a nice throw by Hanes to third baseman Mares for the out.
Pacific Grove (1-2) travel to Alvarez in Salinas on Friday with a possible game against Watsonville on Saturday (rescheduled from Thursday).
JV downs Watsonville 1-0
The PG JV team (1-1-1) rode on the back of starter JJ Courtney as he went six strong innings in downing Watsonville 1-0. The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Chad Ventimiglia led off with a double and advanced to third on a botched pick off attempt. With pinch hitter Spencer Nelson at the plate, Ventimiglia took off in an apparent attempt to steal home. However, this caused the pitcher to balk allowing the runner to score and give PG a 1-0 lead.
The Breakers got off to a strong start when Courtney singled and Jay McMahon walked to no avail. Pacific Grove put on runners each inning: 2nd-Nolan Wade doubled; 3rd-Cy Turner walked but was gunned down at the plate on a throw from center to the pitcher to the catcher after Ryan Destefano singled; 4th-Wade reached on an error; 5th-Turner walked again; 6th-after the run scored, Wade singled for his second hit and third time on base. Both Courtney and Destefano laid down sacrifice bunts.
Courtney was dominant on the mound striking out eight in six innings allowing just one hit and two walks. McMahon closed out the game striking out two.
However, the top of the seventh was not an easy one for PG. After a lead off walk, the runner moved to second on a fielder’s choice to the first baseman. With two outs, McMahon got what appeared to be the final out on a third strike, but the ball went past the catcher putting the batter on first and the tying run 90 feet away at third. However, McMahon, ever Mr. “Even Keeled” retired the next hitter on a comebacker to the mound with the throw to first getting the batter and securing the victory for Pacific Grove.