After a lengthy back and forth battle, the Inland Valley Buccaneers hand the San Diego Force their second loss in league play.
The Bucs got on the board first with a lead off single from Monte Montenegro (17) to start the second inning. Following Montenegro’s lead, the next three batters, Scott (26), Stefanos (14), Santa Anna (5); would go on to hit singles. Along with fielder choice plays, the Bucs took the lead in the second with a 2-0 lead. The Force would catch up and take the lead in the second with a 3-2 lead, but not for long. The Bucs tie it up in the fourth at 4-4 by capitalizing on defensive mistakes. The Bucs would then go on to increase and hold the lead, winning the game 7-5.
Today’s standout performance came from the pitching of both teams. With a combined total of 22 strikeouts, 14 were delivered by the Bucs pitching. Starting pitcher, Peter Eitapence (29) set the tone with 5 strikeouts through his 5 innings pitched. Relief pitchers Wyatt Regis (34) and Hayden Petrovick (15) would follow suit with 4 strikeouts each.
Bucs take game one of the double header series against the Force and are sitting at a 3-5 record in conference play.