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SBL Bucs Fail to Capitalize on Plenty of Opportunities

The SBL Bucs fell to the Arroyo Seco Royals 5-4 on a walkoff single in the five-six hole against the Arroyo Seco Royals at California High School Friday.

The Bucs had no trouble getting men in scoring position, but frequently failed to bring them in. .

“Most of it has to do with players wanting to hit the ball hard.” Essentially players are trying to crush a ball, instead of focusing on getting an RBI via a ground ball, or sac fly. Bucs head coach Evan O’Meara said.

The first run did not come til the third inning, which catcher Trent Turquand opened with a hard hit double. He later came around to score on an RBI ground ball by Kai Moran.

Moran extended his team and league lead RBI total in this game with two RBI’s, bringing his total for the season to . . . . Colin Bell set the table for plenty of big hitters in today's game as the leadoff hitter. His final statline was 1-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and two steals.

On the mound, Starter Nate Burke tossed 4 solid innings striking out 5 and giving up 2 runs. The most impressive thing about this outing for Burke was his ability to attack the zone, not walking one batter.

Even after the loss, the Bucs remain 8-3 in the Sunset baseball League conference standings. They are back out to play tomorrow at Cypress College at 1 pm against the IE Bucs, who they have already beat twice this season.


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