The small confines of the ballpark at Simi Valley High School proved problematic for the Bucs (5-4-1, 4-4-1 Golden Coast Collegiate League), as they were swept by the California Hitmen (5-0, all GCCL) 10-7 and 7-6 in a doubleheader Sunday.
“We played well enough to win both, but things got away from us and we weren’t able to overcome it.” Bucs head coach Spiro Psaltis said.
Ventura County allowed a grand slam in each game. One of them came in the first inning of the day in which the Bucs allowed seven runs. The offense responded with six runs in the top of the second, but the deficit was too much to overcome in the shortened doubleheader, which consisted of two 7-inning games.
The second grand slam was a heartbreaker, as it came in walk-off fashion for the Hitmen in game two after they entered the ninth inning trailing Ventura by four runs.
Psaltis was pleased with his offense, which showed its depth. At least 5 Bucs earned an RBI in each of the two games.
“We scored enough to win,” Psaltis said. “We bounced back and carried what would seem to be enough of a lead to the ninth inning, obviously the pitching couldn’t hold that lead.”
Ricky Perez led the offensive effort, going a combined 4-7 with a solo home run on Sunday.
“It felt good, honestly I thought it was going to be a double down the line,” Perez said. “It was just surprising.”
Bucs game two starter Ethan Foley proved a welcome exception to the Bucs’ struggles on the mound, hurling three shutout innings with six strikeouts.
The Bucs will continue their road trip when they take on the CV Falcons Sunday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m. at Stengel Field in Glendale.
“The good news is we get to play tomorrow,” Psaltis said. “It’s a great thing.”