Courtesy of Brian Wood:
Pacific Grove’s bats and pitching were too much for the visiting Trinity Warriors on Wednesday (Apr 11). Led by left-handed starting pitcher Hunter Hanes and the bat of designated hitter Daniel Rosas, the Breakers overwhelmed Trinity 13-2. Hanes pitched six innings, allowing just two runs and five hits, while striking out seven. Rosas banged out a double and his first career home run, one of the grand slam variety, for a total of five runs batted in.
PG pushed four across the plate in the first inning off of an error and five walks. In the third, River Watts led off with a double over the left fielder’s head. Nathan Wood followed with a “duck-snort” (a softly hit ball that goes over the infielders and lands in the outfield for a hit) into right field advancing Watts to third. With one out Colby Burnell knocked in Watts when he singled to left field and a 5-0 lead.
Trinity put up a two spot in the fourth when first baseman Chris Wright knocked a two-run shot over the right field fence drawing the Warriors to within three. The Breakers answered with two runs of their own. Justin Heyn walked, stole second base and was singled home by Hanes who scored all the way from first on a long double to left-center field by Rosas.
The Breakers big inning came in the fifth. Two walks (Connor Marshall and J.Heyn) and a Trinity error loaded the bases. With two outs Rosas stepped to the plate. The Trinity catcher gives the sign. Pitcher comes set…and the pitch. Rosas swings and crushes the ball deep to left field, it is going, going, gone!!! A grand slam. To channel the late Dave Niehaus, hall-of-fame announcer for the Seattle Mariners, “Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it is grand salami time!” Rosas’ first career home run was one to remember! PG added two more on a walk to Kevahn Ebron and a well-hit ball (three-base error) to right field by Anthony Allioti (who scored on a wild pitch).
Hanes appeared to be at his strongest in the sixth, fanning two Warrior batters. Dylan Graham came on in relief in the seventh inning striking out the side to end the game for a 13-2 PG victory.
Pacific Grove (7-8) faces Trinity in a return match on Friday (Apr 13), 4pm at Pacific Grove High School. However, it will be played as a home game for Trinity. PG currently resides in third place with a 6-3 league record, 1 ½ games behind Soledad, 1 game behind Carmel, and tied with King City.