• Daniel Tapia

Pirates Begin Playoffs vs Rival Shepherds


A right handed hitter in a red jersey looks down the barrel of his bat just as he makes contact with the baseball.
Pirates catcher Quintt Landis Makes contact on a swing at LA Valley College. Photo by Izzy De Souza

The Ventura County Pirates come into Wednesday’s Contest as the #1 seed in the Best of the West playoffs. In their last 15 games the Pirates are 12-3 moving their overall record to 20-14-1 and 18-6 in league play. Today, they hit the road to Scolinos Field at Cal Poly Pomona in preparation for the #4 seed SoCal Shepherds (10-14). This will mark the fifth matchup this season between the two, with the Pirates winning three games out of four during their season series.


Bats are Hot, Arms are well rested


With Playoffs set to get underway, catcher Quinnt Llandis seems to be the hottest hitter on the planet right now going 8 for 15 with 2 homeruns and 6 RBIs this past week. That would earn himself Best of the West player of the week. Another hitter who has been on a tear recently is first baseman Eli Paton. Paton has contributed a significant amount to the Pirates run total the last 4 games accounting for 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored within that span. As for the other players, the Pirates have some of the league’s most outstanding players on their roster. Leading the way offensively is Robbie Treto, unfortunately though he will be out due to COVID.


On the mound, Alex Abbott leads the Best of the West in wins with 4 this season and should see a lot of action in these upcoming games. The Camacho twins have also been doing it all for the Pirates all year long. Ryan Camacho is hitting .381 with 15 RBI, 23 runs scored and 12 stolen bases while Jovan Camacho boasts a .340 AVG with 18 RBI, 23 runs scored and 10 stolen bases this year.


On the mound, Alex Abbott leads the Best of the West in wins with 4 this season and should see a lot of action in these upcoming games. Other pitchers such as Deandre Carter and Josh Yosfan have been dominant all summer long. Carter has shown ace behavior posting a 2.41 ERA in 33 ½ innings pitched with 20 strikeouts while Yosfan has shut it down out of the bullpen with a 1.57 ERA in 23 innings pitched with 24 strikeouts.



Streaking the Right Way


The Pirates have not had a losing streak in league play all season long. They also have not lost consecutive games since June 18 in Alaska, where most of their losses this season and only losing streak took place. The Pirates own three different win streaks of 3 or greater this season and have won 7 games in a row for their longest win streak coming back on July 3 through July 12.



Pirates record when leading after…


The Pirates have a 17-1 record when leading after the 6th inning, and a 20-2 record when leading after the 7th or 8th inning. The Pirates have a 2-11 record when trailing after the 6th inning, a 1-11 record when trailing after the 7th inning, and an 0-13 record when trailing after the 8th inning this season.