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  • Writer's pictureSidney Stern

SBL Bucs Complete Biggest Comeback of the Year Over OC Pirates

a right handed hitter looks down the right field line as he follows through on his swing. Behind him, a catcher in a red jersey looks straight up
Anthony De Luca Swings at a pitch at LA Valley College in July 2022. Photo by Maddy Whiting

On Saturday, July 9, 2022 the SBL Bucs came back after a 7-0 deficit to beat the OC Pirates 11-10 at Valley College.

“I am really happy for these guys,” Bucs head coach Evan O’Meara said.

The SBL Bucs started off slow, giving up seven runs in the first two innings. Everything was off, but the defense was able to tighten along with pitching. The third inning is when everything started to kick in for the Bucs scoring three runs cutting the Pirates’s lead to 8-4.

The Player of the Game Kai Moran (again) who went 3 for 5 with two singles, a three run homerun and 5 RBIs.

“I felt good, tried to help the team with that three run homerun,” Moran said

That three run homerun he hit was part of the sixth inning where the Bucs were able to score seven runs off of five hits. The offense entered that inning down4-8 and left it up 11-8.

“These guys battled back, they stayed focused on plate appearances and got on base and hit the ball with runners in scoring position, something we’d been struggling with before,” O’Meara said.

The SBL Bucs will play the Philippines National Team next on Sunday July 10, 2022 at Valley College at 4 pm.

Ian Nord took the win, going three innings pitched giving up two runs. This was his second win of the season making his record 2-2. Vincent Bravo racked up his first save pitching two shutout innings, and only giving up one hit.

Sidney Stern


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