Pirates beat Cardinals but lose to VC Pirates to end season

The Inland Valley Pirates beat the Solana Beach Cardinals Thursday morning 5-1 but fall to the Ventura County Pirates 6-4 in the semifinals to end the season.

In the first elimination game against the #1 seed Solana Beach Cardinals, the Pirates jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Allan Dong scored on a balk by Solana Beach pitcher Jay Crusemire. The Pirates then added on to their lead in the fifth inning. After Jake Taylor singled Allan Dong in to make it 2-0 Inland Valley, Nic Hernandez came up with runners on 2nd and 3rd. He then deposited the ball over the left field fence for his second homerun of the season to make the game 5-0.

Cade Kirkemo got the win for Inland Valley after starting the game and going six scoreless innings. All together, the Inland Valley pitching staff held the #1 seed to one run and six hits to eliminate the Cardinals

After the Inland Valley Pirates beat the Solana Beach Cardinals, they had to wait to see who they would play in the semifinal game. In the middle game of the day, the OC Surf beat the Ventura County Pirates to set up another game between the two Pirates teams. Ventura County beat Inland Valley 6-4 for the second time in two games and ended Inland Valley’s season one game short of the championship.

Ventura County took the early 1-o in the first but Inland Valley put up 3 runs in the third inning on the second homerun of the day by Nic Hernandez. With Inland Valley up 3-1 heading into the bottom of the inning, Ventura County answered back with 2 runs of their own to tie the game up and chase Inland Valley pitcher Michael Gomez out of the game. Grant Ponder then came into the game with the bases loaded and two outs. He promptly struck out Trevor Mulcahey to end Ventura County’s threat.

The score stay tied until the sixth inning when Inland Valley Michael Pineiro led off the inning with a single, Nic Hernandez just missed his third homerun of the day as the ball bounced off the base of the fence for a double. Matt Manskar followed with a sac fly to put up Inland Valley up 4-3. Ventura County answered back again by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-5 Ventura County.

Inland Valley put up another threat in the top of the 7th. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Roberto Salinas hit a fly ball to the outfield and Dylan McDowell tagged from third to score what would have been the tying run but Ventura County appealed that McDowell left third base early and won the appeal and end the top of the 7th inning.

Ventura County scored one more run in the 7th to make the game 4-6 and that is how the game would end as Inland Valley went scoreless in the final two innings. With the loss, Inland Valley was eliminated from the playoffs and their season ended on their home field.

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Pirates lose late lead to Ventura County in opening playoff game

The Inland Valley Pirates lost the first game of the 2017 Sunset League Playoffs 4-3 to the Ventura County Pirates Wednesday afternoon.

Inland Valley jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Christian Lopez delivered a two-out two- run single off Ventura County starter Griffin Hagen.

Cal Poly’s Matt Manskar added an RBI single in the top of the fourth to make it 3-0 Inland Valley.

Ventura County finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth with two runs. Grant Mona and Lucas Thrun each had an RBI single.

It stayed a one run game til the bottom of the eighth. Inland Valley was five outs away when the wheels came off. Third baseman Matt Manskar committed back to back errors with two outs to tie the game. Then pinch hitter Kyle Soberano lined a ball over left fielder Jake Taylor for the go ahead RBI double.

Robert Stowell retired the side in order in the ninth to preserve the 4-3 win for Ventura County.

Inland Valley now plays in the elimination game Thursday morning at 11am at Cal Poly Pomona.

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Four Bucs make 2nd team all SCCBL

The SoCal Collegiate Baseball League announced the all league selections with four Bucs making the second team. Representing the Bucs on the second team were Aaron McCann (Inf), Jordan Hernandez (OF), Hayden Pearce (P), and Sean Patton (P). Aaron McCann led all regulars with a 0.356 average and was tied for the team lead with 13 RBIs. Jordan Hernandez led the Bucs in hits with 27 while batting leadoff for most of the season. Sean Patton led the starting pitching staff with a 1.73 era while pitching the second most innings on the staff. Hayden Pearce had a record of 2-3 while leading the staff with 33 strikeouts.

The Bucs finished 5th in the SoCal Collegiate Baaseball league with a league record of 9-16 and 12-20-1 overall.


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Pirates Get 3 Seed in Sunset League Playoffs

The Inland Valley Pirates finished the season in third place overall and will play the Ventura County Pirates in the first round of playoffs at Cal Poly Pomona on Wednesday at 3:00 PM. The Inland Valley Pirates finished with a league record of 16-9 (18-13-1 Overall) and finished second in the North division of the Sunset League behind the Ventura County Pirates. Ventura County and Inland Valley have played each other five times this season with Ventura County holding the edge 2-3. Below is the playoff schedule

Wednesday July 26th

  • Game 1 – Number 2 Seed VC Pirates (Home) vs Number 3 Seed IV Pirates (Visitors) @ 3:00 pm
  • Game 2 – Number 1 Seed Solana Beach Cardinals (Home) vs Number 4 Seed OC Surf (Visitors) @ 7:00 pm

Thursday July 27th

  • Game 3 – Loser of Game 1 vs Loser of Game 2 @ 11:00 am (Loser of this game is eliminated)
  • Game 4 – Winner of Game 1 vs Winner of Game 2 @ 3:00 pm (Winner of this game advances to Championship Game)
  • Game 5 – Winner of Game 3 vs Loser of Game 4 @ 7:00 pm (Winner of this game advances to Championship Game)
  • The Home team or Visiting Team will be determined on Thursday based on who was the Home Team or Visitor the day before.  If both teams playing each other were Home or Visitors the day before, then a coin flip will determine who’s home or away.
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Hunter Cooper and Nic Hernandez named players of the week

Congrats to Hunter Cooper and Nic Hernandez on being named Sunset League players of the week. Hunter and Nic earned co-players of the week after Hunter was 7-11 with four runs and 3 RBIs on the week while Nic went 6-10 with 6 RBIs, 3 runs and 1 HR. Hunter and Nic join teammate Michael Gomez as Pirates who have been named players of the week. The Pirates have 2 more league games this week before starting Sunset League playoffs next Wednesday at Cal Poly Pomona.



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Pirates hold on to 14-9 win over Surf

The Pirates outlasted the Orange County Surf 14-9 Monday night at Cal Poly Pomona.

Inland Valley scored early and often. In the bottom of the third Dylan McDowell launched his first home run of the year. It was a three run shot which helped the Pirates jump out to an 8-1 lead.

However, the Surf refused to go quietly. In the eighth they trailed 10-3 before stringing together five runs on five hits and making it a two run game.

The Pirates responded by scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Maryland bound Michael Piniero delivered a two run single to put the game out of reach.

Both teams have qualified for the playoffs. The Pirates lead the Surf by a game and own the tie breaker by winning the season series.

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Bucs fall to Sentinels 6-5

The Bucs season comes down to one game after losing 6-5 to Arroyo Seco on Saturday night.

Inland Valley and the Sentinels will meet Sunday in Pasadena with the winner clinching the final playoff spot.

Arroyo Seco got off to a quick start scoring three runs in the top of the first. Brock Bell’s two-run homer was the big blow.

The lead didn’t last long as the Bucs scored five times in the bottom of the third.

Aaron McCann hit his first home run of the season, a three blast to right.

Arroyo Seco tied it in the fifth and it remained 5-5 into the top of the ninth.

Bucs reliever Adrian Guzman retired the first two hitters of the inning. Then Brock Bell reached on a throwing error by Logan Gopperton. Clean up hitter Andres Kim made Inland Valley pay with  an opposite field RBI single to make it 6-5.

First pitch on Sunday is 6:05. If the Bucs win they will host the first game of the playoff series against Palm Springs on Tuesday night.

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