• Daniel Tapia

Pirates fall short ahead of Alaska Trip


Urban, visibly a humungous athlete, strides towards home, left foot rolled onto its side and glove tucked under his arm, as he begins to move his throwing arm forward releasing a pitch
Jimmy Urban pitches against the SoCal Shepherds June 10, 2022. Photo by Izzy De Souza

Coming off a win vs the East LA Dodgers, The VC pirates fell to the rival SoCal Shepherds 12-5 on the road in their final game before their week-long trip to Alaska.


PItcher Jimmy Urban was handed the ball on short rest and turned in an effective start. The southpaw has been one of the many bright spots in the Pirates pitching staff so far and continued his dominance on the mound as he went two innings with four strikeouts, zero hits, and zero earned runs.


“I was on short rest,” said Jimmy, “I just wanted to pound the zone with all my stuff to get hitters out as quickly as I could.”


In the fifth inning, Josh Yosfan entered in relief, and although the Pirates were trailing by 10 runs, Yosfan did an excellent job of keeping the Shepherds in check. He consistently got ahead of batters and made quality pitches to get them out. Josh worked three innings with three strikeouts, two hits, and zero earned runs.



Lee Brandzel slides safely into second base against the SoCal Shepherds, June 10, 2022. Photo by Izzy De Souza

The Pirates’ offense built off Josh's outing starting in the 7th inning with Josh Tovar’s leadoff single. Angelo Aleman would follow up with a single of his own leading the way for pinch hitter Nolan Lingley to make some noise in his first at-bat of the game. Lingley jumped on the first pitch he saw, hitting a no-doubt moonshot over the batter’s eye in center for a three-run homer.


“Coming off the bench I was looking to be aggressive and sure enough it was a fastball right down the middle,” said Nolan.


The Pirates would continue to chip away that same inning as Dan Laughery would follow up with a double of his own eventually making his way around into score, capping off a four-run seventh inning.


However, the Pirates rally was not enough as the SoCal shepherds had too large of a lead, giving them the win by a final score of 12-5.


Next up for The Pirates face The Alaska Goldpanners beginning on Sunday, June 12. For more information visit the Ventura County Pirates website or follow us on Instagram @vcountypirates.