07/22/2016 2:33 PM
Pomona, CA --- As the season draws nearer to a close and playoffs become a likely possibility, the Arroyo Seco Saints beat the Inland Valley Pirates last night 10-0 at Cal Poly Pomona’s Scolinda Field.
Last Friday, the Saints lost against the Pirates 13-9 at Brookside Park. Saturday’s game resulted in a one-run victory over the Pirates. This was their fifth game against the Pirates this season, with a record of 3 losses and two wins.
The winning pitcher for the Saints was Race Gardner who pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 hits in total. The losing pitcher for the Pirates was Kyle Wade who allowed 8 runs and thirteen hits and pitched 6 innings.
The Saints’ pitching only allowed two hits over eight innings of play. Manager Togeas anticipated that the Pirates would not allow the Saints to earn a victory without expending significant effort.
“This is our second win in a row against these guys,” Togeas said. “I think they were coming at us with a little bit more confidence. Compared to our last game against Solana Beach, when we were a little bit slow, I think today we came with some energy and were able to turn it on.”
Inland Valley needed to win against the Saints to secure a playoff berth and the loss seemed to douse the flame of their enthusiasm.
“Everyone is in the same scenario that we are in and we are very much alive in the playoff race” Togeas said. The Saints need to win the series against the South Bay Sliders on Friday night and on Saturday’s day game.
The game developed untraditionally with respect to how teh Saints have been playing all season-round.
The Saints scored first in the top of the third inning. On Wade’s throwing error, Oropeza-Reyes reached third base. Aldridge then drove him in on a base hit to left field.
Lowell Schipper was 3-for-5 with 4 runs batted in and a run scored. Chase Aldridge was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.
With one out in the bottom of the third inning, with Pirates’ extra hitter Breion Barron on third base after hitting a leadoff single up the middle, Alberto Vargas hit a deep fly ball to Schipper who caught the ball and then delivered a throw that reached the pitcher’s mound as Luzzi was mid-way between third base and home plate. By the time the ball reached Fuller’s glove, Luzzi was called out as he could not elude the tag.
The fourth inning allowed the Saints to score five more runs, giving them a 6-0 lead. Wade hit the lead off batter, Fernando Rosales. Max Warren hit a swinging bunt that allowed Rosales to advance to second base. Briggs then singled down the right field line allowing Rosales to score. Pillar hit a base hit to right field. Arturo Oropeza-Reyes was hit by a pitch. Then Schipper came up to bat and singled driving in Briggs and Pilar. Aldridge then hit a two out single up the middle which scored Oropeza-Reyes and Schipper.
By the end of the game the Saints looked confident and ready for the next two-game must-win series against Sliders. Manager Togeas has overall been content with his team’s performance despite not leading in the division. But there are some areas for improvement such as when his team has provided his starting pitcher enough run support and it comes down to securing the victory.
“I’d like to see them put the game away,” Togeas said. “Especially when they got a guy on the ropes. I thought there were a couple of times this year where we had a couple of silly times this year where we didn’t score ten runs like we did today, but three or four. But today I’d like them keep that killer instinct that they can put a team away when have the chance to do so.”