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Sean Mann's Walk-Off Heroics Propel Ventura County Pirates to Victory Against SoCal Mavericks


Sunday, June 4th, 4 pm - Ventura County Pirates vs. SoCal Mavericks @ Los Angeles Valley College


In an explosive duel that stretched into extra innings, the Ventura County Pirates prevailed against the SoCal Mavericks with a final score of 10-9. The Pirates' third game of the season ended in victory as they remained undefeated with a 3-0 record.


The game reached a thrilling climax in the bottom of the 10th inning when outfielder Sean Mann stepped up to the plate and delivered a walk-off solo home run over the left field fence. It was the first pitch he faced, and it sealed the Pirates' victory. The entire team celebrated as Mann's clutch hit propelled the team to another remarkable win. "Hit the Road Jack" played through the

speakers as he rounded the bases.


Pitcher Jake Schwartz played a pivotal role in securing the victory, pitching the final two innings without allowing a run or hit to the Mavericks. With the game tied and on the line, Schwartz faced only three batters each inning, demonstrating exceptional composure and skill.


Key player performances contributed to the Pirates' success throughout the game. Dan Laughery showcased his proficiency at the plate, scoring three runs on three hits in three at-bats. His offensive contributions were complemented by standout defensive plays from catcher Brody Brown and second baseman Artin Biageyian. Both displayed flawless fielding skills with

perfect fielding percentages. Brown excelled behind the plate, blocking low pitches and keeping the ball in play. Biageyian left his mark on the defense hounding the ball whenever it was hit his way.


The game was a high-scoring nail-biter from start to finish, with a score of 10-9 after an extra inning. Both teams were on edge, and the Pirates came out on top after a short scoring drought in innings 7-9. The Mavericks employed a different pitcher each inning, making it challenging for the Pirates to find rhythm and momentum. Each inning saw at least one run scored by either team, adding to the game's intensity.


Hunter Holmes, the Pirates' starting pitcher, struck out a game-high four batters, but allowed five runs on five hits. However, Jake Schwartz's exceptional relief pitching proved pivotal in stifling the Mavericks' offense. Schwartz remained untouchable on the mound, not allowing a hit or run while facing only three batters each inning.


Reflecting on his game-winning walk-off, Sean Mann provided insight into his mindset. He stated, "When you have a long day like this, it is easy to let your head get out of the moment. My second at-bat, I really had a chance to blow the game open, and I let the team down. So, in the last at-bat, I was happy to help the team out and redeem myself."


Despite committing four errors compared to the Mavericks' one, the Pirates outperformed their opponents in hits, totaling 12 hits to the Mavericks' 8. This resilient performance underscored the Pirates' ability to overcome obstacles and capitalize on scoring opportunities while remaining vigilant in unfavorable situations.


With this win, the Ventura County Pirates maintain their undefeated record at 3-0. The team's remarkable three-game winning streak is highlighted by consistent home run power.


Looking ahead, the Pirates will face the OC Riptide on Tuesday, June 6th, at 7 pm in Great Park, Irvine.



Stay tuned for more updates on the Ventura County Pirates' journey and follow their progress throughout the season by watching gameday broadcasts on Youtube or following us on social media - Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!



Box Score SoCal Mavs vs VC Pirates Jun-4-2023
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