Courtesy of Brian “Woodie” Wood:
PG hosted Alisal Monday (April 1) in a return match after Friday’s loss and extracted revenge against the Trojans 4-2.
PG was led by starting pitcher Hunter Hanes who pitched a complete game, 3-hitter, striking out 11 Alisal batters.
Alisal scored two in the third to take a 2-0 lead. PG put up two of their own in the fourth. Nathan Wood and Daniel Rosas both singled setting up a Kevahn Ebron one-bagger to score Wood on a mad-dash from second, his slide at home just evading the tag at the plate, Rosas ending up on third. Brenden Moore then hit a sacrifice fly to center knotting the game at two.
In the top of the sixth with an Alisal runner on first, center fielder Wood made the play of the game, making an over the shoulder basket catch after racing down a long fly ball to deep right center field off the bat of Sal Lopez.
In the bottom of the sixth Rosas led off with his second hit of the game and the bases were soon loaded after two walks. Justin Heyn drew another base on balls after a pitching change allowing pinch runner Dezi Green to score followed by a bunt single down the first base line by Zach Lewis who caught Alisal unaware, plating Hanes with run number four.
Alisal made it interesting in the seventh, putting runners on second and third with two outs after an error. Hanes proceeded to strike out the next batter (his 11th) to end the game.
Offense (everyone contributed)
-Justin Heyn 2 walks, RBI (go-ahead run in the 6th)
-Zach Lewis single (bunt) (1-3), walk, RBI
-Josh Mares 2 singles (2-4), stolen base
-Nathan Wood single (1-3), run scored
-Daniel Rosas 2 singles (2-3), run scored
-Dezi Green run scored
-Kevahn Ebron single (1-3), RBI
-Hunter Hanes 2 walks, run scored
-Brenden Moore walk, sacrifice fly, RBI
PG (8-2 league, 8-4 overall) travels to King City on Wednesday at 4pm with a rematch on Friday at 4 in PG.
Mitch Garcia and Jacob Booker combined for a 5-hit shut out and 12 strike outs (six each–Booker’s in 2 1/3 innings). Alisal had opportunities every inning drawing six base on balls and a hit batsman. Garcia and Booker were able to get out of trouble on every occasion with a clean slate.
In the first with runners on second and third, Garcia induced the Alisal hitter to ground out to short to end the inning. He picked off a runner on first to end the fourth. Catcher Cristopher Rosas tossed out a runner at third attempting to steal in the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, new pitcher Booker struck out the next two batters to quell the threat.
On offense, PG managed just four hits, a walk, and hit batsman. The Junior Breakers had runners on first in second in the first off an error and Nolan Wade single. DH Mario Bonelli was hit by a pitch in the second.
Finally in the fourth, Chad Ventimiglia singled a the bases were loaded on an error and walk ((Rosas). Ventimiglia came home from third on a Bonelli grounder to shortstop for the first, and as it turns out only, run in the game. Jay McMahon torched a triple in the fifth and Colin Taveres singled in the sixth to round out the offensive effort.
PG is now 7-3 in league and 7-4-1 overall and face King City on Wed (away) and Fri (home).