The Inland Valley Pirates (10-9-1, 4-8) battled back from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 5-4 victory against Team San Diego (7-17, 3-13) in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Cal Poly Pomona.
Much like yesterday’s contest, the Pirates fell behind early as Team San Diego plated two runs in the first inning to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.
Team San Diego scored another run in the second to push their lead to 3-0.
The Pirates offense was held silent until the fourth inning when Nick Costello recorded the Pirates first hit of the game on a single to right. He later came around to score the Pirates first run on a wild pitch.
The Pirates scratched across another run in the inning on an RBI groundout by Jonny Reynoso, which cut the lead to 3-2.
The score remained 3-2 until the sixth when Team San Diego pushed across another run to extend their lead to 4-2.
However, the Pirates would answer in the bottom half of the sixth.
An RBI double off the bat of Jeff Nellis made it a 4-3 ballgame. Nellis came around to score the tying run on an error by the second baseman.
The game remained deadlocked at four until the bottom of the seventh. With a runner on second and two men out, Nick Marshall hit a sharp ground ball that scooted right between the third baseman’s legs and allowed the runner, Nick Hernandez to score the go-ahead run.
The Pirates carried that 5-4 lead into the ninth when Team San Diego put runners on first and second with two outs.
On a 1-0 pitch, San Diego pinch hitter, Clayton Peterson drilled a sharp single into right. However, right fielder, Jacob Bernardy fielded the ball and made a strong throw to the plate to nail the potential tying run, thus securing the win for the Pirates.
Nicholas Sergi allowed just one run in seven strong innings in relief to pick up the victory, his third of the season.
Jeff Nellis had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a run batted in and a stolen base.
Batting2B: Jason Padlo, Jeff Nellis
TB: Jason Padlo 3, Nick Marshall, Jeff Nellis 3, Nick Costello
RBI: Jonny Reynoso, Jeff Nellis
ROE: Nick Marshall, Drew Seelman
FC: Jacob Bernardy, Nick Hernandez
HBP: Nick Marshall, Jeff Nellis
SB: Jeff Nellis 2, Nick Hernandez
CS: Drew Seelman
PitchingW: Nicholas Sergi