Courtesy of Brian Wood:
Pacific Grove hosted Soledad on Thursday (May 10). After getting crushed by the Aztecs on Tuesday (May 8) 20-1, the Breakers had something to prove in the rematch. And what a game it was! The fans saw a pitcher’s duel from both teams with Soledad squeaking out a 3-2 win.
In addition it was Senior Day and four graduating PGHS seniors and their families were honored before the game. Anthony Alliotti, Colby Burnell, Connor Marshall, and River Watts all played their last regular season game today.
Aztecs starting pitcher Andru Holguin threw a 4-hit complete game striking out eight. None of his two runs allowed were earned. Kevahn Ebron and Dylan Graham combined a 3-hitter as well with only one of three runs earned and striking out ten.
Soledad scored a run in the first off a single, two stolen bases and a ground out. PG took the lead in the fourth when Ebron led off with a single and alertly took second when the ball was bobbled in the outfield. He took third on a wild pitch and scored when Daniel Rosas reached first via an error. Nathan Wood followed with a long double to left field. Rosas was plated on a ground out by River Watts, PG taking a 2-1 lead.
Soledad took the lead right back in the fifth off of two PG errors, a walk, and hit batsman. With one out, the bases loaded and one run in (game tied 2-2), the Aztec batter hit a sharp grounder to Wood at third base who threw home to Rosas who relayed to Watts at first in an apparent inning ending double play. However, the base umpire ruled the batter safe at first. Meanwhile pitcher Holguin who had been a second base took off as the ball was hit and never stopped running, crossing home plate with Soledad’s third run. Earlier, Holguin’s bunt allowed scored the tying run.
Another rally was staged by the Aztecs in the sixth inning. With runners on first and second, Rosas threw a strike to Wood at third who tagged out the runner trying to steal. With two outs and runners again on first and second, the Soledad batter hit a hard grounder up the middle for an apparent RBI single. However, Breakers second baseman Sean Powell ranged far to his right, dove and snagged the ball. He recovered and flipped to Jackson Destefano to force the runner for the final out and save a run. Soledad’s lead remained at one (3-2).
In the bottom of the seventh, pitcher Graham reached on an error and was moved to second on a ground out on the Soledad defensive play of the game. Anthony Alliotti hit a hard ground ball to Joseph Calderon at third. The hit caused Calderon to fall back as he caught the ball. However, he made the toss from the seat of his pants and nipped Alliotti at first for the second out. Still, PG had the tying run at second base (Graham) with two outs. Holguin dropped the hammer and got the final PG batter to ground out and secure a victory for the Aztecs.
Rosas and Graham also had a singles for PG.
Soledad moves to the play offs as the MTAL champion. PG (12-15, 11-7 in the MTAL) will find out its fate at Saturday’s MTAL coaches meeting.
PG Junior Varsity ends season with 12-9 victory over Soledad
Pacific Grove JV took down Soledad 6-2 in its final game of the season to end up with a 13-9 record overall and 9-3 in league.
Starting pitcher JJ Courtney went six innings allowed four hits and two runs (only one earned) while striking out nine. Zach Malone came on in the seventh to “seal the deal” and end the game with a W for PG as he struck out three.
Breakers scored two in the first. Courtney singled, DH Charlie McMahon was hit by a pitch and Chianti Carter continued his hot hitting with a two-run double and a 2-1 lead. PG added another in the third. McMahon singled and was plated by Carter’s second double of the game. The Aztecs answered with a run in the fourth off of a single and PG error.
Pacific Grove tallied two more runs in the fifth with a two-out rally. Desi Green (hit by pitch) and Clint Cargile (walk) were brought home by a double by Courtney and a 5-1 PG lead. Soledad inched back with a single, stolen base, and a second single in the top of the sixth resulting in a run. PG increased the lead to four (6-2) after Jordan Booker singled home Carter (walk).
With a runner on third and two outs, Malone struck out the Soledad batter. However, he reached first base safely on a wild pitch. The runner on third attempted to score and was thrown out by shortstop Courtney to catcher Carter for the final out of the game.
Other highlights for PG: McMahon on base four times (single, hit by pitch, two walks) and two runs scored, Carter also four times safely on base (two doubles, two walks) and five runs batted in. Cargile on base three times (walks). Aidan Borman also had a single for the Breakers.
The JV’s team successful season portends good things to come for the varsity team in 2019.