• Daniel Tapia

Bucs Look for Season Sweep of Cage Rats


A right handed hitter in grey jersey twists in his swing so the white number #13 appears on the back of his jersey. The baseball he just hit is in frame, and a catcher wearing an orange jersey looks towards it.
VC Bucs first baseman Jack Bickerton makes contact on a swing against the OC Legends June 26, 2022. Photo by Izzy De Souza

Bucs Bounce back


Coming off a tough 6-5 loss against the Philippines national team, The Bucs ended their three game home stand going 2-1 moving their record to (10-9) (10-7 Sunset League). Coming off a game they lost, The Bucs fared really well going 5-3 the next game. Tuesday, they are on the road to Claremont High School in preparation for the CA Cage Rats (4-13). This will be the third and final matchup this season between the two, with the Bucs taking both games by a final score of 16-4 and 10-8. Look for the Bucs to come out strong as they are only 1.5 games behind first place.



Offense as a strong suit


If there’s one thing The Bucs can do, that is hit the ball. This team has seven players batting over .300 and eight players with over a .400 OBP. Led by Robert Pitts and Kai Moran, both players are leading the team with absurd batting averages with Pitts at .441 and Moran at .393. Pitts and Moran are both on a four game hit streak with each hitting safely in every game but two dating back to June 14. In particular, the Bucs have been very good against the Cage Rats as the offense tends to come alive against them. In the two matchups, the Bucs have outscored them 26-12. Expect a lot of runs to be scored in this one.



Pitching making its way around


Pitching has been fairly mediocre as the team is at a combined 5.31 ERA which still puts them below league average. However, the arms of Ian Nord and Jakub Amado have been working all season as they have the two most innings pitched with Nord at 25 and Amado at 35. As of late they both have seemed to find a stride too because in Nord's last 11 innings pitched he has only allowed 5 earned runs with 5 strikeouts and in Amado's last 9 ⅔ innings pitched, he’s allowed 2 earned runs. Look for one of these arms to shove today or come in out the bullpen to eat multiple innings and ultimately hold off the Cage Rats.


League Record …


at home: 6-3

on the road: 4-4