Courtesy of Brian Wood:
Pacific Grove traveled to Aptos on Saturday (May 5) having won two games earlier in the week against Steveson. However, the Mariners ended the two-game streak as they downed the Breakers 8-1 in a non-league game.
PG scored in the top of the first. Hunter Hanes drew a two-out walk, stole second base, and came all the way home on a wild pitch that bounced towards the third base dugout. Hanes ran to third, and continued his mad dash toward home as he saw some confusion on the Mariners part as to who was going to retrieve the ball. He slid home safely ahead of the throw.
Aptos scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first as PG committed three errors. PG’s defense made two spectacular plays in the bottom of the third to keep things close. Rightfielder Dylan Graham secured the first out of the inning with a sliding catch in right-centerfield to rob Aptos of a hit. Later, left fielder Colby Burnell’s line drive catch on a dead run to right-center took away a base knock as well.
Things fell apart for the Breakers in the fourth as Aptos scored five off of five hits, three walks, and an error. PG put together a mini-rally in the fifth as Josh Mares and Jackson Destefano singled, but did not advance. Graham and Burnell also hat hits for the Breakers during the game. Destefano came on in relief and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit.
PG (12-13, 11-5 in the MTAL) visits Soledad on Tuesday (May 8) as the regular season reaches its final week.
Pacific Grove JV falls to Aptos 5-1
Pacific Grove JV hosted Aptos on Saturday (May 5) in a game that the visiting Mariners won 5-1. Starting pitcher Zach Malone was sharp in the first four innings allowing just two baserunners, on a single and base on balls.
The Breakers had early opportunities. Chianti Carter singled in the first inning and in the second walks to Charlie McMahon, Desi Green, and Mario Bonelli loaded the bases. However, in both instances, no runners came across the plate. JJ Courtney led off the third with a single. Carter had his second single of the day and Courtney eventually came around to score giving PG a 1-0 lead. The Junior Breakers put another two runners on base in the fourth via a walk to Jordan Booker and single by Green—but no runs resulted.
Aptos then tallied three runs iin the fifth, one in the sixth, and another in the seventh to for a 5-1 lead. PG managed walks to Jay McMahon and Bonelli in their final two innings, but came up short.
Pacific Grove (both JV and Varsity) travels to Soledad on Tuesday (May 8) for their penultimate game of the season. The JV team is 11-9 overall and 6-3 in league.