COVINA - The Ventura County Pirates finally completed their game against the Inland Valley Bucs, which was suspended in the 10th inning on June 24 due to darkness.
The Pirates had pulled ahead 14-11, but the Bucs responded by loading the bases and scored a run before the umpires deemed it too dim to continue. The Bucs needed just seven pitches to bring home the go-ahead run and defeat the Pirates 15-14.
But the Pirates' bats ignited early in the regularly scheduled game, quickly putting up six runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-2 win.
In their narrow defeat, Bradley Chesterton went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Other performers on offense were Carmelo Hernandez, 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, and Kyle Soberano, 3-for-5 with a walk and a double, 2 RBI and one run scored. Jason Ajamian hit a solo home run, and was among five Pirates players who scored twice in the June 24 game.
In the scheduled game, Soberano scored in the first inning and belted belted a three-run homer in the second. Johnny Pacheco later homered for two runs, and Darren Taylor went 4-for-5 with two doubles, 4 RBI, and he scored twice himself. David Reyna and Trenton Pallas each scored two runs in the game as well. On the mound, Trevor Garcia pitched a six-inning quality start, allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out eight Bucs batters.
The season series with the Bucs is now tied at 2-2, with the rubber game at LA Valley College on Sunday, July 18 at 11 AM.