Bucs Bombard Team Victory in Double-Header Sweep
The Bucs (4-2-1, 3-2-1 Golden Coast Collegiate League) emptied the cannons against Team Victory (1-3, all GCCL) Sunday, sweeping a home doubleheader 15-5 and 7-4 to win their first league series of the season.
“When things went a little the wrong way, we quickly adjusted,” Ventura County Bucs head coach Spiro Psaltis said. “That’s what I saw today.”
First Baseman Andrew Snyder sparked the offense in the first inning of game 1 with a solo blast to right that sneaked over the wall and inside the foul pole in the bottom of the first inning. He was a combined 3-5 with three RBI and four runs in the doubleheader.
Snyder’s homer sparked a comeback victory in which the Bucs scored 14 unanswered including six in the seventh inning.
“We were just jumping on the pitcher,” Bucs second baseman Ricky Perez said. “His fastball wasn’t working a lot so he was just trying to go with the off-speed and I feel like we picked it up early.”
Perez made his impact felt in both games Sunday, going 3-9 with three RBI, a double, 2 runs scored, and a sacrifice fly. He also made a stellar defensive play ranging to his right and throwing against his momentum in the first game.
“I’m just trying to keep my hands inside, keep my elbow down, and hit the ball up the middle,” Perez said. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t find its way, but luckily these past couple games it has.”
Ventura County was dramatically improved on the bump Sunday. Mychael Morera (1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief allowing just two baserunners in a winning effort in game 1. Austin Puett got the start and the win in game two, striking out four in his three innings while allowing just one run.
“We really showed movement and progress forward,” Psaltis said. “That’s the bottom line.”
The Bucs will look to build on their momentum as they continue the homestand against LA Mission Wednesday, June 23 at Pote Field in Griffith Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30pm.