Courtesy of Brian “Woodie” Wood:
Varsity and Kevahn Ebron rock King City 7-0, JV rolls 22-9
Pacific Grove’s Kevahn Ebron pitched six shut out innings, striking out nine, and allowing just one hit as the Breakers defeated King City 7-0. Connor Synsteby pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.
PG bats were led by Daniel Rosas (3-4, double, run, stolen base) and Justin Heyn (2-3, double, run, RBI).
In the bottom of the first Ebron worked himself out of a jam. With the bases loaded, two outs, and 3-1 count against the batter, he settled down and threw two consecutive strikes to retire the batter and the side.
Rosas showed some excellent base running in the second inning. After getting aboard via a single, he took off for second on the pitcher’s first move. When he realized the pitch was in the dirt and made its way past the catcher, he continued past second and lumbered over to third. Ebron walked and Hunter Hanes was hit by a pitch loading the bases, but to no avail. PG took first blood in the third. Justin Heyn hit a lead off double and was moved to third by a grounder to the right side by Zach Lewis. Josh Mares then plated Heyn with a single to deep shortstop.
Ebron was in stride retiring 10 straight batters through the end of the fourth. And the 11th? After he walked, Ebron immediately picked him off with a slick throw to first baseman Wood who tagged out the runner after a short rundown (Wood to SS Lewis to Wood).
PG unloaded for three runs in the fifth. Ebron reached via an error, Hanes walked, and Brenden Moore was hit by a pitch. After two runs scored on a wild pitch, Heyn plated Moore with a single up the middle. Wood picked up a walk in the sixth while Rosas doubled to second in the seventh. Pinch hitter Freddie Albert delivered a single past the pitcher into center. Unfortunately Rosas was thrown out at the plate attempting to score. But the Breakers entered the bottom of the seventh with a 7-0 lead.
Synsteby gave up a lead off single, but then retired the next three batters in order to preserve the game for PG.
PG (9-2 league, 9-4 overall) hosts King City on Thursday (April 4)-moved up from Friday due to forecast rain.
The wind blows JV’s way in a 22-9 stomping of King City
The JV Breakers were able to take advantage of a blowing wind out to right field in a 22-9 victory over host King City.
After a somewhat normal start to the game, 0-0 after one, and a 2-1 King City lead after two, PG exploded for 12 runs in the top of the third followed by four in each of the next two innings. Despite an additional seven runs by the Mustangs the game was called after five innings with PG ahead by 12.
Offensive highlights: Jay McMahon and Cristopher Rosas led the onslaught with three hits each, Jacob Booker added two singles, and Chad Ventimiglia put up a pair of hits and four RBIs.
Jay McMahon (3-3, 2 runs, walk, RBI)
Cristopher Rosas (3-3, triple run, walk, 2 RBIs)
Chad Ventimiglia-(2-3, double, 2 runs, 4 RBIs)
Jacob Booker (2-4, run, RBI)
Jeremiah Hilbert-walk, 2 runs scored
Mario Bonelli-double, walk, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
Colin Tavares-double, run, 2 RBIs
Cy Turner-single, 3 runs, RBI
Spencer Nelson-2 walks, 2 runs
Shawn Gambello (in his season debut)-single, run
Nolan Wade-single, run
Mitch Garcia-single run, RBI
Cal Laflan-walk, run
JJ Courtney-run scored, RBI
Nelson and Tavares put in time on the hill for the Breakers keeping the opponents at bay despite the strong winds.
PG JV is now 8-3 in league, 8-4-1 overall and gained their fifth consecutive victory. PG hosts King City on Thursday, April 4 at 4pm.