Bucs Split Doubleheader with Trosky Redbirds
VALLEY GLEN - It was technically "day" and "later in the day," but the performances in the two games of this doubleheader were night and day for the Ventura County Buccaneers and Trosky Redbirds. The Bucs triumphed in the first game, but dropped the second one to the visitors.
In the morning game, the Bucs' two pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout. Justin Hirschberg was stellar on the mound, allowing the three hits, one walk, and recording ten strikeouts on his way to earning the win. Reliever Xavier Dubon struck out six more Redbirds and picked up a three-inning save.
Meanwhile, the Bucs scored a pair of runs in the opening frame, and four more in the sixth to seal the victory. Jacob Lopez made a huge impact with a three-RBI double, which would stand as the only extra-base hit of the ballgame. It was a balanced scoring effort, as Shaun Montoya, Jacob Lopez, Nick Martin, Dane Nakatsuka, Dirk Ryan, and Troy Anderson scored one run each.
In the subsequent game, the Redbirds came out swinging early, hanging a five on the scoreboard in the first inning that the Bucs would never answer. It was 7-0 through three innings, before Ventura County would score all of their runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Robbie Treto stood out on the second scoresheet with a double, one run scored and two RBI. Jacob Lopez went two for two, Jacob Barrera added a double and an RBI, and Nick Martin scored his second run of the day in an otherwise quiet offensive showing for Ventura County.
Luke Hempel threw three lights-out innings, striking out six batters and not allowing a hit or a run. Anthony Gonzalez pitched two innings in relief, allowing no runs on just two hits, and Jackson Briscoe contributed a scoreless inning of his own.
The Bucs' record is now 10-9 in Sunset League play, tied for third place with the East LA Dodgers and 4.5 games behind the OC Pirates before the final week of the regular season. Ventura County resumes play Monday as they go for the regular season three-game sweep of the Signal Hill Oilers, as the loss on the road in June was designated a non-league game in order to keep the league schedule balanced.