Courtesy of Brian “Woodie” Wood:
Pacific Grove honored its six graduating seniors on Thursday (May 2) and came away with a 7-4 victory over King City to guarantee the Breakers of at least a tie for the PCAL Mission League championship.
Starting pitcher (Senior) Kevahn Ebron hurled the first four innings and allowed just three base runners (2 hit batsmen, 1 via error). Meanwhile he fanned seven Mustang batters.
PG got off to a great start in the first inning. Justin Heyn led off with a double and was knocked in by brother (Senior) Trevor Heyn who also banged out a double. Josh Mares followed with a triple over the left fielder’s head driving in the elder (Senior) Heyn. Daniel Rosas then singled to bring in Mares. After stealing second base, Rosas came home on a single to right by (Senior) Ebron and a 4-0 PG lead.
The Breakers added a tally in the second. Zach Lewis singled and scored on (Senior) Trevor Heyn’s second double of the afternoon. They loaded the bases in the third inning to no avail. After Rosas reached on an error, (Senior) Ebron walked, and (Senior) Dylan Graham singled. PG once again jammed the bases in the fourth with the same result. Lewis’s single was followed by base on balls to (Senior) Trevor Heyn and Nathan Wood. (Senior) Graham reached third base in the fifth after he walked, but did not score.
(Senior) Connor Synsteby pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fifth. However, in the King City sixth, PG went through three pitchers who allowed three runs and the first two Mustangs hits of the contest. The Breakers responded, however, in the bottom of the frame. Mares reached on an error and scored on a (Senior) Trevor Heyn triple to right-center (his third extra base hit and third RBI of the game). Mares plated (Senior) Heyn on an infield grounder for a 7-3 PG lead.
The runs in the sixth ended a 20 inning scoreless streak by Breakers pitchers.
King City added an unearned run in the seventh before (Senior) Dylan Graham closed out the ball game, helping PG to their second league title in the past three seasons. After the last out was made (second baseman Justin Heyn to first baseman Jackson Destefano), the team rushed the mound and piled on anybody and everybody to celebrate winning the PCAL Mission League championship.
The Heyn brothers each had a defensive highlight during the game. In the top of the fifth, with two outs, Julian Camacho hit a hard ground ball to the right of second baseman Justin Heyn who made a great stab, fell to the seat of his pants, and threw from that position in edging the runner at first. At that point, his play kept the PG no-hit bid alive. In the top of the sixth, with two outs, and runners on first and second and three runs already in (PG up 5-3), the King City batter hit a slow roller to shortstop (Senior) Trevor Heyn who scooped it up and nipped the runner at first to end the rally and inning.
Pacific Grove (20-4 and 18-2 in league) travels to Soledad on Tuesday (May 7) at 4pm for their final regular season game. A win would sew up sole possession of the Mission League title. The JV game against King City was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict on the part of the Mustangs. The Junior Breakers (16-6-1 overall and 15-4 in league) also travel to Soledad on Tuesday for their final game of the season.