• Robert Hollar

Ventura County Shows Offensive Prowess in Double-Header Split


The Ventura County Bucs rode a 13-3 victory to split their doubleheader Saturday, earning a 1-1-1 series split with the California Bucs at Conejo Ballpark in Thousand Oaks.


Thomas MacKinney gave the Bucs a three-run cushion in game one with a home run to left, the first Ventura County homer of the season. He also walked and scored two runs reaching base in two of his three plate appearances in the opening match.


After an impressive all-around performance on Friday, outfielder Ian McIntyre kept his momentum going with a 4-4 day at the plate in game 1 including two doubles. His two RBIs gave him the team lead with four runs batted in this season.


“The beginning of the lineup showed me consistently that whether they had played 25 innings or not, they had a method to their madness and we continued to strike and play well offensively.” Ventura County head coach Spiro Psaltis said.


Ventura County spread the offensive production around during the series with the California Bucs. Thaddeus Wilson was a quiet 4-8 during the doubleheader, with a pair of knocks in each game Saturday.


“I was just swinging at strikes, working the count, and making the pitcher throw a lot of pitches,” Wilson said.


Pitching was an area of inconsistency all weekend for the Bucs, and the staff took a hit in game two, as the Bucs fell 23-9 in game two Saturday.


“We did what we wanted but obviously the pitching failed and we only got one of the two,” Psaltis said.


With the nine runs in the loss, Ventura County brought its total to 29 in the 25-inning series. Ventura County will head home for the first time this season against Victor Valley Tuesday, June 15th at LA Valley College.


“Tuesday we get to move forward.” Psaltis said.


Click here for Game 1 box score

Click here for Game 2 box score