SBL Bucs Comeback Attempt Falls Short in 4-6 loss to Quakes
Despite strong relief pitching, The SBL Bucs (8-8) (7-6) comeback bid fell short in a 6-4 road loss to the SoCal Quakes Wednesday afternoon at Fullerton College.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Bucs quickly responded in the top of the 2nd with a Tyler Marty RBI groundout scoring Kai Moran to tie the game at 1.
The Quakes responded in the bottom of the second though with 5 runs, opening up a 6-1 lead and putting the Bucs in a sizable hole.
Ventura County did not go quietly as a Rowan Terran triple scored Colin Bell in the top of the third to make it a 6-2 ballgame. Teran finished the game 1 for three with an RBI triple, but did get thrown out on the basepaths after slightly overrunning third base.
The Bucs then added two more runs in the top of the 5th after a Robert Pitts fielder's choice allowed Trent Turquand to score and a Colin Bell single scored Sam Grunberg, bringing the score to 6-4.
Relief RHP Jakob Amado pitched 5 ⅓ scoreless innings in a stellar performance that allowed the Bucs to stay within striking distance after facing a five run deficit early on. Amado finished with 1 strikeout, 2 walks allowed and 0 earned runs.
The Bucs offense could not find the final two runs they needed to tie the game in the last four innings, resulting in the 6-4 defeat despite a valiant comeback effort.
“We put the ball in play today, we just didn’t do it when we needed to,” coach Evan O’Meara said. “We’re still not great at moving runners when they’re in scoring position, but a much better effort overall.”
The Bucs will look to bounce back when they face the California Field Rats tomorrow at LAVC at 2pm.