Bucs Swept Despite Pitching Two Complete Games
The Ventura County Bucs (9-17-2, 5-16-1 Golden Coast Collegiate League) fielded two of their best starting pitching performances of the season, but were still swept in a three game series against Team Victory (9-4, all GCCL) this weekend.
“It’s just so unfortunate because we did the work late,” Bucs head coach Spiro Psaltis said. “And we came out of it with nothing.”
Pitchers Ethan Foley and Luke Kovach highlighted the weekend with their starts in the 7inn/7inn doubleheader on Saturday. Both earned Quality Starts and pitched complete games, but suffered walk-off losses, 2-1 and 3-2 respectively.
“They were the two best pitching performances of the year,” Psaltis said.
Foley did not allow a run until the seventh inning, when Team Victory walked off with a two run home run. Kovach’s loss came after Team Victory scored two in the seventh inning, but neither of those runs were earned. He racked up 12 strikeouts to just two walks without allowing an earned run in his complete-game effort.
“They stretched out, they didn’t give in, they wanted the ball late in the innings,” Psaltis said. “All the credit in the world to the two guys that pitched today.”
First baseman Andrew Snyder had a strong series offensively, recording three hits in the first game of the series, a 20-3 loss. He added another base hit in game three of the series.
“I’ve been struggling a little lately and Spiro talked about how my top hand kind of dips,” Snyder said. “So I was taking soft toss [in the batting cage] and swinging with just my top hand, low line drives, and I saw immediate results.”
Catcher Alex Leareano and Hunter Pole displayed a talent for clutch hitting during the doubleheader. Pohl hit an RBI single to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead in game 1 and Leareano turned a one-run deficit into a 2-1 lead with a 2 RBI double in the top of the seventh of game 2. Leareano was 3-6 in the series.
The Bucs return home to face the LA Mission Eagles Tuesday, July 27th at Pote Field in Griffith Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30p.m.