Courtesy of Brian “Woodie” Wood:
Pacific Grove’s bats blast Soledad 10-5, are Mission League sole champions!
Pacific Grove’s varsity baseball team traveled to windy Soledad on Tuesday (May 7) to take on the Aztecs who had played the Breakers close in their two previous meetings (PG coming out on top 4-2 and 4-3). However, the visitor’s bats came unleashed to start the game as the first eight players all knocked out base hits and scored for an 8-0 lead after 1/2 inning.
Justin Heyn led off with a single to right field followed by a Zach Lewis triple to left-center (one of his four base hits on the day) plating Heyn and scoring himself on an errant throw to third. Trevor Heyn singled and Josh Mares doubled putting runners on second and third. Nathan Wood singled to right scoring Heyn. Daniel Rosas came next doubling to put Mares across the plate. Once again an errant throw to third base went out of play allowing both Wood and Rosas to score. Starting pitcher Hunter Hanes stepped to the plate with a 6-0 lead and had not yet thrown a pitch. He helped himself out with an opposite field home run to left field (#2 on the year). Kevahn Ebron singled to center for PG’s eighth consecutive hit. With two outs Lewis got his second hit of the inning sending Ebron home from second. Trevor Heyn had another single (#2 of 4 hits on the day) but the both he and Lewis were left stranded. PG led 8-0.
In the second inning PG threatened after Wood singled (hit #2) and Rosas reached on an error, but to no avail. Justin Heyn singled in the third but was erased on a double play turned by Soledad, 6-4-3. Trevor Heyn made a fine play at shortstop in the bottom of the inning taking a ground ball that had a tricky hop just as it got to him. He calmly gathered it in and threw the runner out at first.
Hanes shut down the Aztecs in the first three innings who threatened in both the second and third innings. With two outs in the second, Soledad loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Hanes bore down and struck out the next batter on a nasty curve that got by catcher Rosas who quickly corralled the ball and stepped on home plate to end the rally. In the third, the Aztecs put runners on second and third with no outs. Hanes then struck out the 4-5-6 hitters of Soledad to keep them off the board. In his four innings, Hanes retired eight Aztecs via the K.
PG added two additional runs in the fourth inning. Trevor Heyn led off with a triple deep over the left fielder’s head and Mares followed with a walk. Wood reached on an error driving in Heyn, Mares advancing to third–he scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-0 PG. Soledad put across two of their own in the bottom of the inning (PG now up 10-2).
After Lewis hit a single in the top of the fifth, Soledad put up a 3-spot in the bottom half. With two outs and runners on second and third, reliever Ebron struck out the next Aztec batter to stop the bleeding. PG loaded the bases in the seventh (singles by Justin Heyn, his third, Lewis, and Trevor Heyn) with two outs, but Soledad got out of the jam.
Ebron pitched well over the final two innings striking out four, including the last batter of the game.
Pacific Grove (21-4 overall and 19-2 in the Mission League) is on a 14-game winning streak (13-games in league) and awaits the seeding of the post-season tournament which will take place this Saturday (May 11), with a first-round game coming next week (date, time, location to be determined). PG finished first place and won the league title outright.
PG Junior Varsity closes out successful season with 11-5 victory over Soledad
The Pacific Grove JV baseball team’s season came to a close in Soledad on Tuesday (May 7) with an 11-5 win over the Aztecs. The Junior Breakers finished 17-6-1 overall and 16-4 in league under Head Coach Jeff Gray and Assistant Coach Tom Hoy.
PG put across four runs in the second inning on the back of five consecutive base hits (singles by Chad Ventimiglia, Colin Tavares, Nolan Wade, and Spencer Nelson with a double by Cristopher Rosas sandwiched in the middle. After Soledad put up two runs in the third inning, the Breakers responded with a tally in the next inning. Rosas singled, stole second and scored on an error.
However, the Junior Aztecs were not done and they tied the game in the fifth plating three runs. Once again Pacific Grove answered the bell in the sixth. Rosas led off with a single (his third of four hits on the afternoon) and was sacrificed to second by Wade. PG then repeated the second inning, ripping off five consecutive base hits (this time, all singles) by Nelson, Ryan Destefano, JJ Courtney, Cy Turner, and Jay McMahon accounting for four runs for the Pagrovians and a 9-5 lead.
The Breakers added two insurance runs in the seventh. Rosas, Destefano, and Courtney knocked out 2-baggers for the runs.
McMahon was the starting pitcher and went five innings, striking out five. Tavares hurled the final two frames notching two Ks, allowing just one hit and no runs.