• Alex Roth

SBL Bucs look to bounce back in road tilt vs. Socal Quakes


A right handed hitter is viewed from the first base side, twisting in his swing so his white number 13 on his grey jersey shows. behind him, a catcher in an orange jersey stabs at a ball that is no longer there
Jack Bickerton swings at a pitch against the OC Legends at LA Valley College Jun 26, 2022. Photo by Maddy Whiting

The SBL Bucs, (8-7) (7-5 league), look to bounce back from a tough 9-4 loss to the East LA Dodgers and snap a three game losing streak when they head to Fullerton College to take on the SoCal Quakes Baseball Academy in a League game. This will be the second matchup of the season against the Quakes, a team that has gone 7-6 in its first thirteen games and is currently 4th in the SBL. The Bucs have gone 4-4 at home and 4-3 on the road thus far this season, and 4-3 on the road in league play. The Bucs are currently in third place in the league.


Bucs offense leading the way


The Bucs have scored 94 runs in 15 games this season, an average of 6.3 runs per game. The Bucs have 142 hits thus far, 21 more than the league average and an average of 9.5 hits per game, a number that gives an idea of just how good the Bucs have been at making contact and getting on base this season. Thomas Keller and Anthony Chavez have been hitting well for the Bucs, with Chavez hitting .465 in 45 at bats and Keller hitting .489 in 36 at bats this season. Rowan Teran is hitting .382 in 36 at bats with 10 RBI so far this season.


Two Bucs Pitchers continue to carry the load


Jakub Amado and Ian Nord have been the two pitching standouts for the Bucs thus far this season, with Amado pitching 26 innings and Nord pitching 21 innings, 5 more than any other pitcher on the Bucs. Amado has been a reliable presence out of the bullpen for the Bucs for much of the season and has often put up solid relief performances in game. Ian Nord has been solid as a starter and reliever, and has just a 3.43 ERA in 21 innings pitched this season.



What to watch for


The Bucs last game against the Quakes ended in a 5-4 victory after the Bucs took a late lead in the 9th inning. Both teams lacked pitching options and the offenses did have plenty of opportunities but were held somewhat in check. There should once again be plenty of opportunities for both offenses, and the Bucs should have another great opportunity to put runs on the board.