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  • Writer's pictureBen Miller

Dan Laughery's Game-Saving Catch Seals Pirates' 6-5 Win over Sentinels

On Monday, June 19th, the Ventura County Pirates faced-off against the Arroyo Seco Sentinels in a high-stakes baseball showdown. The game, held at Brookside Park in Pasadena, was a rollercoaster of emotions, culminating in a nail-biting finish. With both teams eager to win, every pitch and play carried immense significance.

In a closely contested battle, the Ventura County Pirates emerged victorious with a final score of 6-5. The game reached its pinnacle when outfielder Dan Laughery made a breathtaking catch on the wall in the 9th inning. This grab from Laughery denied the Sentinels a potential game-winning home run and preserved the Pirates' hard-fought triumph.

The contest remained scoreless for the first five innings, but the sixth inning saw both teams break the deadlock with a run each. It was in the seventh inning when the Sentinels surged ahead, scoring four runs on a combination of singles, a double, and a walk. This brought the score to 5-1 for the Sentinels. However, the Pirates refused to concede defeat, mounting a remarkable comeback in the eighth inning.

In a pivotal turn of events, the Pirates capitalized on Sentinel defensive lapses to score five crucial runs in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, back-to-back walks allowed two runs to cross the plate, narrowing the gap to 5-3. Sean Mann then hit a ground ball to shortstop, resulting in an RBI single, bringing the score to 5-4. With the bases full, another walk brought in the game-tying run, knotting the score at 5-5. The Pirates continued their offensive onslaught as a passed ball from the Sentinels allowed Sean Mann to score, granting the Pirates a 6-5 lead. This remarkable five-run outburst showcased the Pirates' resilience and ability to seize opportunities.

In a remarkable display of athleticism, Dan Laughery's game-saving catch in the ninth inning, robbing a potential home run, capped off the Pirates' efforts and secured them the game. His incredible play in the outfield served as the final out, solidifying the Pirates' triumphant victory and leaving the spectators in awe.

Jackson Benattar, the Pirates' outfielder, contributed two runs and three hits throughout the game. Brody Brown made notable contributions as well with a run, two hits, and two RBIs. Sean Mann displayed his offensive capabilities with three timely hits, a run, and an RBI.

Pitcher Chris Lozano played a pivotal role in the Pirates' triumph, securing the win on the mound. Lozano delivered an impressive performance, pitching two innings and allowing no runs on three hits, striking out one batter. His precision and composure during the crucial final innings proved decisive for the team.

With this hard-fought win, the Ventura County Pirates bolstered their record to an impressive 10-2, solidifying their position as a force in the league.

The team's ability to rally from a significant deficit and secure a crucial win speaks volumes about their determination and skill. Reflecting on the game, outfielder Dan Laughery remarked, "It was a slow start, but we started piecing together good at-bats in that one inning. One at-bat leads to another, and it starts adding up. We're making plays on defense, and those at-bats together add up, eventually leading to us taking the lead and taking advantage of the pitchers' mistakes on the other team." Laughery's game-saving catch in the ninth inning epitomized the Pirates' unwavering resolve.

As the season progresses, the Pirates look to maintain their winning momentum as they gear up for their next challenge against the Philippines team on Tuesday, June 20th, at Pierce College.


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Box Score Pirates vs Sentinels June 19
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