• Sidney Stern

Ventura County Pirates Start off BOTW Finals


A left handed hitter in a black and white camo jersey crosses his bat behind his shoulders as he follows through on his swing
Pirates designated hitter Andrew Tovar makes contact against the Inland Valley Pirates July 28, 2022. Photo by Izzy De Souza

After a 5-2 victory over the Inland Valley Pirates on Thursday July 28th and a 4-1 victory over the SoCal Shepherds Wednesday July 27, the Ventura County Pirates are into the Best of the West Finals. The Pirates will start a best of three game series against the IV Pirates at Cal Poly Pomona starting on July 29th. This is a rematch of last season’s championship series and the fifth straight time Ventura County has reached the finals.

Outstanding Pirates

With the regular season finished, the Ventura County Pirates have some of the league’s most outstanding players on their roster. On the mound, Dylan Goodrich and Deandrey Carter lead the Best of the West in wins with 5 each this season. Both Goodrich and Carter also have a postseason win during these playoffs. Alex Abbott is second with 4 wins in the Best of the West. The Camacho twins have also been outstanding for the Pirates all year long, with Ryan Camacho hitting .395 with 16 RBI and Jovan Camacho hitting .336 with 18 RBI this year. Ryan Camacho has also hit for a .666 batting average this postseason. Eli Paton has also started to heat up after going 2 for 4 in Thursday’s game with two doubles and a stolen base. Pitcher Deandre Carter has also been an ace all summer long, posting a 2.50 ERA in 39 ⅔ innings pitched with 22 strikeouts.


Pirates Continue to Dominate

The VC Pirates have continued to dominate the IV Pirates this season going 4-1 in the season, and winning the last four of those matchups. This includes yesterday’s matchup, which the VC Pirates took 5-2.


VC Pirates Record When Leading After…

Ventura County Has an 19-1 record when leading after 6 innings, a 22-2 record when leading after the 7th inning, and a 22-1 record when leading after the 8th inning. The Pirates also have a 2-11 record when trailing after the 6th inning, a 1-11 record when trailing after the 7th inning, and an 0-13 record when trailing after the 8th inning. When tied after the 9th inning, Ventura County had an 0-0-1 record.