• Robert Hollar

Deandre Carter twirls gem as Pirates Shutout Shepherds


A right handed pitcher lifts his back leg and leans forward, his arm curling with torque, as the ball he just released flies towards home plate.
Deandre Carter pitches against the SoCal Shepherds at LA valley College on June 25, 2022. Photo by Maddy Whiting

The VC pirates used a Quality Start from Deandre Carter and small ball to beat the Socal Shepherds, 2-0, in a pitcher’s duel Saturday Afternoon at LA Valley College.


Starting RHP Deandre Carter started out the game by walking two of the first three batters he faced, but quickly recovered by getting the next two batters out and getting out of an early jam. After that, Carter would strike out 6 batters, give up no runs, and allow only 4 hits in 6 innings and earn the win after the Pirates offense added two runs after his exit.


“Felt good, I felt like I had my command on my pitches, I was able to go up there and minimize the efforts that they were giving,” Carter said.

Despite Carter’s great pitching, the game remained tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the 6th, as both offenses struggled to get going all afternoon. The Pirates would turn to small ball, with all four batters in the bottom of the 6th bunting at the plate.


After Andrew Tovar hit a bunt single and reached second base on an error, Jacob Burke bunted to move him to third and Jocan Camacho bunted to bring Tovar home to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Darren Taylor would then hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead, and Josh Yosfan shut it down in the 8th and 9th to earn a save and give the Pirates a 2-0 victory.


“We had to bunt three times in the bottom of the 6th to get that first run,” Pirates Head Coach George Vranau said. “And then the pitcher hung a curveball and our hitter hit a homerun but that’s still only five hits,” Vranau said.


The Pirates will look to remain undefeated at home when they take on the Arroyo Seco Sentinels tomorrow morning at 11am at LAVC in Valley Glen.


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https://www.sunsetleaguebaseball.com/game/show/35435433