• Brian Mellblom

Bucs Get Back at Oilers, Win Second Straight

LOS ANGELES – After a hot afternoon turned into a cool evening at Griffith Park, the Ventura County Buccaneers defeated the Signal Hill Oilers 9-4 in a Sunset Baseball League matchup. It was the Bucs' third win of their last four games overall, and improved their Sunset League record to 5-5.


Leadoff man Shaun Montoya's bat was hot all game long, as he went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Kenny Kim had a hit and a walk with three runs scored.


Ventura County starting pitcher JP Caire earned the win, as the Bucs took the lead after he entered in the fifth inning. He allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out three Oilers batters in his four scoreless innings pitched.


The Buccaneers extend their well wishes to Oilers reliever Matt Rezendes, who abruptly left the game after suffering an injury to his throwing arm during his twelfth pitch of the game. Dane Nakatsuka scored twice with a hit, a sac fly, two walks and two stolen bases.


The Bucs are off until July 6, when they face the South Bay Sliders at Whittier Christian High School.


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