• Alex Roth

VC Pirates look to bounce back from tough loss, continue hot start in League Play


a right handed hitter in a red jersey squares up as he makes contact in a swing
Eli Paton Swings at a pitch against the Arroyo Seco Sentinels at LA Valley College. Photo by Maddy Whiting

The Pirates will look to bounce back Sunday Morning in their first meeting of the season against the Long Beach Legends, another Best of the West opponent. The Legends are currently second to last in the standings, while the Pirates maintain a 7-3 record in league play heading into Sunday and are in second place in the Best of the West standings. The Pirates had won five consecutive league games before losing to the last place Inland Valley Bucs on July 1 10-13. Yet to Lose at LAVC this season, the Pirates will look to continue their perfect home record and hot start to league play thus far this season.


Pitching Performances for the Pirates


Pitchers Deandre Carter and Daniel Parra have stood out as aces for the Pirates. Carter currently has a 2.38 Era, 2-0 record, and 15 strikeouts on the season while Parra has a 3.68 Era, 0-1 record, and 12 strikeouts thus far this season. The Pirates have shut out opponents, and held opponents to 2 runs or fewer in multiple wins this season, highlighting the importance of good pitching for their success.


What to Watch for in Sunday’s Game


The Pirates will have to be careful in limiting the Legends’ offense, which has been inconsistent this year, but has erupted in wins, where the Legends have tallied 10 or more runs in five of their 16 games this season. The Pirates offense may have an opportunity for a big day against an inconsistent Legend’s staff, as Pirates offensive leaders Ryan and Jovan Camacho, Robbie Treto, Darren Taylor should all see some good pitches to hit Sunday afternoon.


Pirates record when leading, trailing, or tied after


The Pirates have a 6-1 record when leading after the 6th inning, 7th inning, and 8th inning this season. The team has a 1-8 record when trailing after the 6th inning this year, and an 0-8 record when trailing after the 7th or 8th innings this season. The Pirates have an 0-0-1 record when tied after the 8th inning, and have yet to be tied in the 6th or 7th inning of a game this season.