07/13/2016 2:27 PM
Pasadena, CA --- The Arroyo Seco Sentinels earned a victory last night against the So Cal Bombers with a win of 6-4 at home at Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
The Sentinels have been struggling of late and are in last place in the SCCBL but Manager Chevrier hoped that his team could put in the work and determine their fate.
“Our playoff destiny is in our control,” said Manager Chevrier. “And if as a manager place our guys in positions where they can grow and gain confidence, this will spill over to the next day.”
The winning pitcher was Grant Vogenthaler who pitched two and two and two thirds innings allowing no runs and no hits including one strikeout. The losing pitcher was Bombers starter Matt Grier.
The Sentinels took the lead and Marco Quintanar seemed to have a good feel of his pitches as he retired the side in the first two innings of play. But in the third inning, Quintanar delivered a scare allowing four runs against the lead-off hitters that he had previously so easily retired.
Quintanar caused himself trouble by allowing two walks to the bottom of the order. Quintanar then allowed a run to score on an opposite-field base hit by Vizcaino. To make matters worse Quintanar allowed a double to deep center field which scored another run. In the next at-bat, Smith hit a single which scored Dominguez.
Manager Chevrier would eventually make the correct decision of keeping Quintanar in the game.
“We are past the stage of building character,” said Chevrier. “He showed for the first two innings that he was able to execute all of his pitches by getting ahead and expanding the zone. He was able to get some outs, then all of a sudden after getting one out he walks a batter which is a cardinal sin allowing the bottom half of the lineup to put the ball in play. I think it showed how he was trying to be too fine and try to do too much.”
In the bottom of the third inning with two outs and runners in scoring position, McEvoy hit a linedrive to center field that looked like it would drop for a hit and begin a rally. Instead Bombers centerfielder Pearman made a spectacular catch that robbed McEvoy of a big hit. The Sentinels were losing by three runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, after his team scratched across two singles, Mausser could not execute a bunt and inning ended in a double play. Deraad scorched a single up the middle followed by Abernathy who singled up the middle. Mausser bunted foul with two strikes. Then Perez singled to load the bases with one out. Colarossi hit a fly ball to shallow right field which Barthelmass caught. Deraad ran toward home plate. Grier threw to the catcher who applied the tag for the final out.
This inning was a thorn in Manager Chevrier’s side as his players put together good hitting but could not manage to complete a fundamental piece of hitting.
“That inning had a funny start to it,” Manager Chevrier said. “Devon Deraad got on with a base hit. And then there was a line drive clearly in the back and he jabbed back to the bag. Those two or three steps make a difference. So instead of second and third we had first and second. Mausser was trying to be a little too fine and was trying to bunt for a base hit, where in that situation we want just a normal sacrifice bunt to get the job done without being sneaky. When Colarossi hits a fly ball to right field and we get thrown out at home plate, it compounded matters and caused the game to be sloppy.”
The Sentinels scored in the bottom of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Deraad, making the score 4-3 Bombers.
The Sentinels then tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning in part due to a lead off triple by Abernathy which allowed Mausser to redeem himself with a suicide squeeze play that tied the game at 4 runs.
Chris Colarossi was the star player of the game. He was 1 for 4 with two runs batted in on a two run go-ahead single.
By the sixth inning, Quintanar appeared to reboot showing grace in his delivery and producing outs. He would last six and one third inning.
The Sentinels scored the go ahead runs on Colarossi’s base hit that scored two runs from second and third base. First making two quick outs, the Sentinels’ bottom of the order reached base safely with two hits. Grier then threw a ball which Boisvert could not hold onto allowing the runners to move up a base. Colarossi’s single went up the middle allowing just enough time for Perez to score from second base.