- Daniel Tapia
Pirates bounce back vs. Shepherds
Coming off a big 5-4 win against CCL opponent Santa Barbara Foresters, The Ventura County Pirates carried the momentum into league play, grabbing a road win against the SoCal Shepherds by a final score of 11-4. This win marks their eighth win in the last ten games bringing their record up to (11-11-1) (9-3 Best of the West).”
For the Pirates, the scoring would get started in the third when second baseman Lee Brandzel and shortstop Angelo Aleman reached base. A single from left fielder Ryan Camacho would score Brandzel and right fielder Jovan Camacho would follow with an RBI groundout scoring Aleman.
The following inning the Pirates would strike again when catcher Andrew Buglino began the inning with a double. Center fielder Dan Laughery and extra hitter Ethan Firestone delivered back-to-back base Knocks scoring Buglino.
On the mound, RHP Alex Abbot made his first start of the season for the Pirates. Abbot struggled in the first three innings but found a second gear, holding the Shepherds to zero runs the rest of the way. Abbot finished his day with 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER and 3 K. .
With the score 5-4 heading into the bottom half of the fifth RHP Cooper Haseley entered in relief for Abbot. Haseley got himself into a jam loading the bases with zero outs. However, he managed to stay calm, retiring the next batter with a 5-2-3 double play and ending the inning with a fly out to right. Haseley finished his outing with 1.1 IP, 1 H and 0 ER.
“The biggest thing is to stay calm as a catcher,” said catcher Andrew Buglino. “It’s a lot easier to pitch to a calm target rather than a moving target.”
The same thing would happen the inning right after when RHP Dylan Goodrich entered for Haseley. With bases loaded and zero outs, Goodrich would get the batter to ground out right back to him making for another 1-2-3 double play ball. The next batter would proceed to strike out, escaping another bases loaded jam.
“Coming in I knew I had to throw strikes and hopefully get out the inning quick,” said Goodrich. “The slider had them off the plate swinging and missing but the fastball is what got me the ground ball I needed.”
The Pirates looked to build on the momentum and put the game away offensively. . In the seventh, Brandzel and Aleman would both reach again and Ryan Camacho delivered as usual, driving in Aleman with his third hit of the game.
Goodrich was retiring batters with ease making for a quick eighth and ninth inning. Goodrich's final line was a good one with 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER and 1 K.
The Pirates are heating up at the right time as they welcome in the East LA Dodgers for a 4 p.m. start at Los Angeles Valley College. For more information visit the @vcountypirates on Instagram, @vcountypirates on twitter, and @venturacountypirates on Facebook.