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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Bucs lose lead late and fall to Bombers 8-4

The Bucs suffered a disappointing 8-4 loss to the SoCal Bombers Thursday night at Cal Poly Pomona.

Inland Valley starter Sean Patton limited the high powered Bombers to just one run through the first six innings.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh the Bucs led 2-1. They added two more runs courtesy of Christian Lyman’s RBI double and Tommy Delgadillo’s RBI triple. It appeared they were well on their way to ending a three game losing streak.

But in the eighth SoCal’s offense finally came to life. It was a one run game with two outs when Brandon Cody delivered a two run infield single to make it 5-4 Bombers. Cody then scored from second base on a Logan Lannon wild pitch to make it a two run game.

The Bombers added a couple of more runs in the ninth to put it away.

The Bucs are now tied for fourth place with the Arroyo Seco Sentinels. They play each other the final two games of the season. Inland Valley must win one of them to make the playoffs.

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