Pirates Prevail in Extra-Inning Thriller against Sentinels
Friday, June 9th Time: 4:00 PM Location: Los Angeles Valley College
The Ventura County Pirates clashed with the Arroyo Seco Sentinels in an intense showdown that extended into extra innings. It marked the Pirates' sixth game of the summer season and their first encounter with the Sentinels.
The game concluded with a narrow 3-2 score, in favor of the Pirates after ten hard fought innings. Both teams demonstrated exceptional defensive skills and strong pitching performances throughout the match. The Pirates' bullpen was particularly impressive, allowing only five hits and two runs while striking out 11 batters. In the end, they stymied the Sentinels' scoring opportunities by leaving 11 runners on base.
Andrew Tovar showcased his defensive proficiency with flawless fielding, recording 7 putouts and completing a crucial double play. Behind the plate, catchers Brody Brown and Andrew Buglino commanded the game effectively. Buglino stood out with two singles, a walk, and excellent base-running, leading the team in hits.
The game's highlights unfolded as a true battle of attrition, with the Sentinels initially claiming the lead in the 1st inning. The Pirates leveled the score at 1-1 in the 3rd, only to see the Sentinels reclaim the lead in the 6th inning. However, displaying resilience and determination, the Pirates rallied in the bottom of the 9th, dramatically tying the game and forcing extra innings. Brody Brown's pivotal sacrifice fly to center field allowed Ryan Camacho to score the game-saving run, granting the Pirates another opportunity to win this crucial matchup.
In the decisive moments of the 10th inning, Madden Ocko's powerful line drive single ignited a promising start for the Pirates. Subsequently, Artin Biageyian's ground out advanced Ocko into scoring position. Jovan Camacho stepped up to the plate, and his ground ball, coupled with an error by the Sentinels' second baseman, sealed the Pirates' triumph as Ocko sprinted home for the winning run.
Pitching performances played a pivotal role in the game outcome. Deandre Carter started on the mound for the Pirates, delivering a solid performance with 3 innings pitched, 1 run allowed, 1 hit, and 4 strikeouts. Chase Landis stepped up in the 10th inning as the winning pitcher, shutting down the Sentinels without allowing any hits and striking out a batter.
Reflecting on the team's unyielding mentality, Madden Ocko emphasized their ability to stay focused and composed in all situations. He remarked, "Every time our team is up or down, it doesn't matter. The morale is the same in the dugout. We don't get too high or too low; we are always on cruise control, and that allows us to pull out wins like that. We are embracing that identity as pirates."
With this come-from-behind victory, the Pirates improve their season record to 5-1. Their next challenge awaits as they prepare to face the SoCal Sliders on Monday, June 12th, at 4:00 PM.
Join them at Los Angeles Valley College the home turf of the Ventura County Pirates, for another exhilarating game.