Defensive miscues by the OC Bucs led to a 13-4 thrashing at the hands of the Fire.
Just one day after committing five errors against the Senators, the OC Buccaneers tallied five more errors in Thursday’s 13-4 loss to the Inland Division rival, Inland Valley Fire.
The Bucs got the scoring started in the third inning, as an RBI groundout by Nick Reeser broke a scoreless tie and gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead.
However, in the top of the fourth, the Fire answered back in a big way scoring five runs and taking a 5-1 lead.
The Fire kept the momentum rolling in the seventh inning as they tacked on four more runs to push the lead to 9-1.
The Bucs wouldn’t bow out without a fight. In the bottom of the seventh, the Bucs managed to push across two runs on back to back, bases loaded walks to Nick Reeser and Austin McGilvra.
A ground ball fielders choice off the bat of Riley Manquen gave the Bucs their third run of the inning and cut the lead to 9-4.
After a scoreless eight inning, the Fire drove the final nail into the Bucs coffin with a four-run ninth inning.
The Bucs went down in order in the bottom of the ninth and the Fire walked away with the 13-4 victory.
The loss was the Buccaneers’ fifth in a row and dropped them a game and a half behind the Fire in the Inland Division standings.
Despite the loss, a handful of Bucs had standout performances.
Aaron Torres went 2-for-2 on the day and reached base in all three of his plate appearances.
Nick Reeser drove in two runs to push his team leading RBI total to seventeen.
The Buccaneers will try to end their season on a high note as they take on the LA White Sox in their regular season finale at Scolinos Field on Wednesday at 1:00 pm.
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