Former Inland Valley Buccaneers player, Anthony Walters, was drafted in the third round (91st overall) of the 2020 MLB draft by the New York Mets. Walters was drafted out of San Diego State after also playing at Cal and Mt. Sac. During the summer of 2017, Walters played SS for the Bucs and played in 24 games.
Fullerton, Calif.- With the season coming to a close, the Pirates look to end the year on a good note against the California Jays. The Pirates battled back to defeat the Jays 6-5.
The Pirates offense got off to a hot start.Brendan guy opened the game with a double that scored Demitri Colacchi. In the bottom of the second Ari Gerber followed Guy up with an RBI double. The Jays would score three in third and another 2 in the fifth. But the Pirates would strike back scoring three in the third thanks to hits by Brendan Guy and Michael Bennin.
With the game tied 5-5 the Pirates rallied in the Bottom of the tenth. Michael Bennin, Dante Palacio, and Ari Gerber advanced via base on balls. Drew Baltruweit sent everyone home with a single into right field to give the Pirates the 6-5 victory.
The Bucs faced off against the Palm Springs Power today at Citrus college. The Bucs started off the day by scoring first but were unable to stop the Power as the Power were crushing the ball as they’ve done all season long. The Bucs dropped the first game losing 3-11. The Bucs were able to hold the Power back a little better the second game keeping them to only 5 runs and put runs together to put runs together to make the game 4-5 going into the 9th inning but the Power opened it up making it a 4-8 Final. The Bucs look to take on the San Diego Force on 7/11 at Citrus College at 4pm.
The Stros opened up the game with getting a man on base via a HBP who ended up coming around for the first run of the game and got another run across in the second making it 2-0. This lead wouldn’t last as in the third inning Daniel Genna started the inning off with walk followed by three straight singles, a double by Dylan Hirsch, followed by a single by Dawson Gilbert to make it 5-2 after the 3rd inning. The Bucs would then plate a run in each of the next two innings making it 7-2. The Stros cut into the lead a little in the 8th inning due to some hit batters and a couple of fielding miscues but the Bucs got out of the half-inning still up 7-5 with Gabe Arellano getting hit by a pitch and Daniel Genna eventually knocking him in to make it 8-5 heading into the 9th. In the final inning Tyler Beckley came in and got the save for the Bucs to finish off another win this season.
Fullerton, Calif.- The Inland Valley Pirates faced off against familiar opponents in the Inland Valley Bucs. The Pirates would run away with game 1 of “The battle of Inland Valley” by a score of 5-1
The Pirates pitching staff did a phenomenal job hold the Bucs to only three hits and one earned run. Nick Esparza got the nod and would carry the staff. In three innings of work, he allowed one hit and zero runs. Pat Showalter, Darien Lopez, and Ashton Goddard combined for 10 Ks, 1ER, and 2 hits. Freddie Castaneda closed things out with 3 consecutive strikeouts.
The Pirates received a jolt of offense from the bats of C.J Larson and Haydon Winters. Larson homered early in the game to set the tone. Winters hit a 2 run bomb in the bottom of the 8th inning that insured a Pirates win.
Game two will take place tomorrow evening same time and same place (Amerige Park 7 pm). Pirates win 5-1
Fullerton, Calif.- After dropping both games in the doubleheader vs the SoCal Shepherds The Pirates looked to bounce at Amerige Park
The Pirates offense was rolling on all cylinders as they dropped a 7 spot in the second and third inning. Isiah Montoya led the charge with 3 hits including a double. Joe Canepa was a force as he was responsible for 3 RBI’s including a home run over the right-field fence.
The Pirates will be back in action Tuesday against the Orange County Legends. First pitch is scheduled at 3 pm. Pirates win 16-4.
Fullerton, Calif.- The Pirates came up with a clutch bottom of the ninth inning to score the go-ahead run to a 4-3 victory over the South Bay Saints Monday afternoon at Amerige Park. With the victory, the Pirates ended a five-game losing streak.
The Pirates platoon of a pitching staff did a great job at controlling the Saint’s offense. Pat Showalter got into a little bit of trouble in the top of the first inning, but ultimately walked off the mound in the top of the 3rd with no hits allowed and one earned run. Khoto Hasegawa, Brian Marquez, and Freddie Casteneda held the Saints to zero runs in a five-inning span. The Saints would not score until the 8th inning (2 runs).
It took awhile for the Pirates bats to get going. The Pirates did not score until the 7th inning. Dante Palacio doubled and was brought home by a Demetri Colacchio single. The real party started at the bottom of the 9th. Down two runs, Brendan Guy opened the inning with a clutch double down the left field line and would later score. The first five batters all reached base. Gerber would score the walk-off run on a passed ball with the bases loaded.
The Pirates will look to carry the momentum going forward to Friday. At 3 pm the Pirates will Travel to Santiago Canyon High School to face the So Cal Stros. Pirates Win 4-3
The Bucs lost game 2 of this series with the Jays 5-10. Sir Gomez started on the mound for the Bucs going 5 innings with 3 runs, none of which were earned, and 3 hits. The Bucs were on par with the Jays in the batters box matching the Jay’s 10 hits with 11 of their own. The difference of the game came down to the Bucs’ 5 errors versus the Jay’s 2 errors. The Bucs look to right the ship and take down the Palm Springs Power in their three game series taking place in Palm Springs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all at 7:00PM.
The Bucs hosted the So Cal Jays at Cal Poly Pomona. The Bucs dropped the first game of the series 1-9. The Bucs got on the board first with a double by Cam White followed by an RBI single from Dylan Hirsch The jays then answered that run with a run of their own from two singles in the top of the third inning off of Bucs’ starting pitcher Max Sterner as the only run Max gave up through 5 innings of work. The Jays then got a single and two errors on the next play which opened up the flood gates leading to a 5 run inning off of Bucs’ pitcher Albert Rizzo though only 1 run was earned. Enrique Saldivar finished off the 7th inning and the rest of the game giving up only 3 ER and 6H.
The Bucs hosted the Stros 6/17 at 7:00 PM at Cal Poly Pomona losing 1-4. The Stros obtained the lead in the top of the second inning via a lead-off homerun from Evan Banks off of Diego Santiago. Eric Munsey then gave up one run in the 5th off of two hits and then two runs in the sixth after the Bucs narrowly missed a double-play that would have ended the inning. The Bucs then got their lone run across in the bottom of the sixth due to hits from Dylan Hirsch and Rion Santamaria. The Bucs looked like they were going to have a big inning in the seventh as they had bases loaded no outs but a line drive Johnny Pappas was hit directly at the runner at first and the 1B caught the ball with his glove physically on the runner for two outs that was followed with a groundball to the pitcher from Jacob Klinovsky. The Bucs’ next game is tomorrow, 6/18, against the CA Jays at Cal Poly Pomona at 7:00PM.