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Early Offense falls short in SBL Bucs Loss

a right handed hitter in a grey jersey and white helmet is viewed from the first base dugout. He squares his bat in front of his body in a swing as the ball approaches.
Rowan Teran swings at a pitch against the East LA Dodgers at LA Valley College July 3, 2022. Photo by Maddy Whiting

Coming off a 8-2 loss versus the Inland Empire Bucs. The Ventura County Bucs (8-7) (8-6 Sunset League) were back at home, looking to flip the script. Unfortunately for the Bucs, the East LA Dodgers were too much to handle as they lost their third consecutive game by a final score of 9-4.

“It was a very lackluster performance from us today,” said Bucs head coach Evan O’ Meara. “Between poor defense and not putting the ball in play, it’s a recipe for disaster.”

Getting the nod for the Bucs was RHP Mason Kim (1-0). Kim has made his fair share of appearances so far this season as he has 16 innings pitched. But going up against the first place Dodgers, Kim had his work cut out for him.

Kim quickly got himself into trouble as the Dodgers tacked on two runs in the first inning. However, from there Kim showed his ability to make in game adjustments not allowing a single run the rest of his start. Kim finished his day with 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER and 4 K.

As for the offense, The Bucs struck first when catcher Domenik Cervantes led off the third with a double down the left field line. A single by second baseman Rowan Teran would follow that up putting runners on second and third with one out. The station-to-station hit proved fruitful when a balk scored the Bucs first run, making it a 2-1 game.

There was not much offense the rest of the way until the sixth inning when the Bucs would tie the game up thanks to a bases loaded walk to catcher Trent Turquand. The Bucs grabbed another run the following inning with an RBI single from Teran, scoring left fielder Colin Bell who reached by a hit by pitch.

Teran has been hot all season boasting the team's second best batting average at .382. He is also tied for the most stolen bases at 7, while scoring a total of 8 runs this season with 10 RBI.

The Bucs looked to rally in the ninth by grabbing one run back from a Luke Crawshaw sac fly but the 5-run lead was too much as the Bucs lost by a final score of 9-4.

They will look to bounce back Tuesday evening as they’re back on the road versus the SoCal Saints at Cal State LA with first pitch scheduled for 4 PM PST. For more information visit the @vcbucs on instagram, @VCBucs on twitter, and @vcbucs on facebook.


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