The Inland Valley Buccaneers scored a season-high 20 runs in a 20-3 rout of Team AOS in game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader at Scolinos Field.
The win snapped a three-game skid and helped the Bucs improve to 8-12 on the season.
The Buccaneers wasted no time at all getting the offense started.
The first batter of the game, Breyer Gayle, reached base via a walk. On the very next pitch, shortstop, Kevin Riley, doubled to left scoring Gayle for the first run of the game.
The scoring continued in the second as the Buccaneers plated four runs, two of them coming on a double by Breyer Gayle.
The Bucs added two more runs to their tally as they tacked on single runs in the third and fourth on RBI singles by Shamon Moss and Breyer Gayle, to take a 7-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Bucs batted around for six runs on five hits, including RBI doubles by Jacob Taylor, Kevin Riley and Gerardo Ramirez.
In the top of the seventh, Team AOS finally managed to find their way onto the scoreboard, as they scratched across a run to make it 13-1.
The Bucs answered right back in the bottom of the seventh as Gerardo Ramirez socked his second RBI double of the contest to make it 14-1.
Three batters later, Joseph Morraele stepped up to the dish and deposited a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for a two run home run, stretching the lead to 16-1.
Just for good measure, the Bucs put up four more runs in the eighth inning to tally an even 20 runs.
AOS showed some life in the ninth, scoring two runs on a two out RBI double. However, Buccaneer newcomer, Kohto Hasegawa, settled down and struck out the final AOS batter and put a merciful end to the rout.
Chris Ghosn earned the victory in relief, giving up one run on just two hits and striking out four in his four inning of work.
Diego Cortes started the game and pitched three spotless innings, allowing just one walk and retiring 9 of the 10 batters he faced.
As for the Buccaneer offense, it was a banner day as the Bucs collected 16 hits including 9 extra-base hits. Three of those extra-base hits came off the bat of Gerardo Ramirez who went 3-for-3 on the day with three runs scored and three runs batted in.
Kevin Riley added two doubles of his own, going 2-for-4 and driving in four.
Batting2B: Breyer Gayle, Kevin Riley 2, Gerardo Ramirez 3, Jacob Taylor, Joe Morreale
3B: Anthony Seminaris
HR: Joe Morreale
TB: Anthony Seminaris 3, Breyer Gayle 3, Brendan Campbell, Kevin Riley 4, Gerardo Ramirez 6, Blake Vandegrift, Shamon Moss 2, David Kretschmar, Jacob Taylor 2, Joe Morreale 6
RBI: Breyer Gayle 3, Randall Ortiz, Kevin Riley 4, Gerardo Ramirez 3, Shamon Moss, David Kretschmar, Jacob Taylor, Joe Morreale 2
SAC: Jacob Taylor
ROE: Connor Steer, Shamon Moss
HBP: Anthony Seminaris, Kevin Riley
SB: Anthony Seminaris, Breyer Gayle
CS: Anthony Seminaris
PitchingW: Chris Ghosn
HBP: Chris Ghosn
WP: Chris Ghosn 2