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Strong Starting Pitching not enough for GCCL Bucs

A right handed sidearm pitcher in a black jersey follows through after releasing a pitch. he is covered in shade.
Camilo De La Barcena throws a pitch against the CV Falcons at Stengel Field June 26, 2022. Photo by Will Wolfswinkle

Coming off a nail-biting win Saturday versus The SoCal Hitmen, The GCCL Bucs couldn’t find their groove versus The Crescenta Valley Falcons losing in seven innings by a final score of 6-3.

“We lacked focus on both defense and offense,” said Bucs head coach Ruben Novoa. “Overall we need to perform better, it’s a tough loss but we’ll go back to the drawing board and get ready for Thursday.”

The Bucs were the ones to strike first thanks to center fielder Troy Leef hitting a single and coming around to score off a stolen base and a couple of passed balls. After that, the Bucs offense was stagnant leaving six runners on base the next two innings.

The offense's next opportunity came in the top of the sixth when shortstop Evan Kang and Leef would both start the inning with back-to-back walks. Catcher Michael Choi would then score both on a 2-RBI double cutting the deficit down to 6-3.

On the pitching side, Bucs starter Camilo De La Barcena kept the Falcons where they were at, shutting down the Falcons throughout the early and middle innings.. He finished his outing with 6IP, 4H, 3ER and 2K.

Unfortunately, The Bucs would not put up any more runs handing them the loss versus the Falcons by a final score of 6-3. Their next game comes Thursday, June 30 at Los Angeles Valley College versus The Bakersfield Braves with first pitch scheduled at 4pm.


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