By: Sean O'Leary
The Goldsox dropped a tough one to the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists, or "Puf Caps," by a score of 4-2. The Puf Caps may have been an 18u team, but there weren't just your average high school seniors. Every player on the team is committed to a Division 1 team. 5 players were committed to Stanford, 4 to Rice and other schools, such as Michigan, Kansas, Arkansas and even Oklahoma. The Sox put up a good fight, but they couldn't capitalize on oppurtunities.
The Sox seemed as though they couldn't pick up Arkansas commit, Blaine Knight. In five innings of work, he allowed 5 hits, but only one run, coming off of a groundout RBI courtesy of Alex Larivee. Knight also struck out 4. After Knight exited, Rice commit, Brent Schwarz came in for 3 innings of work. he allowed 3 hits and one run while striking out 3. For the 9th, Long Beach State commit, Chris Rivera shut the door, allowing 0 htis.
Even after collecting 8 hits, the Sox could not produce runs. Michael Frantz had a nice day, goign 2 for 3 with 2 singles. Alex Larivee went 1-2 with a single and an RBI. Drew LaComb also had an RBI, going 1-3 with an RBI single. Brandon Tripp-Cody also had a two hit day, going 2-4 with 2 singles. Taylor Sanders and Michael Gahan also had a hit.
Chad Perry had his first start of the year for the Sox. He pitched 4 innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 runs. He also walked 2 and struck out 2. After Perry, Ross Cervantes came in and had 1.1 innings of work. He allowed 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 1. Aaron Alexander threw 2.2 innings, surrendering only 1 hit and striking out 3. Aaron Herr threw the 9th, allowing 0 hits.
The Puf Caps collected only 5 hits, but they were able to capitalize on the Goldsox not being able to finish turning the double plays in the first few innings. Lucas Wakamatsu, Rice commit, singled and scored in the first inning. Nico Hoerner (Stanford), Jonah Davis (Nevada), and Dillon Paulson (USC) each singled. Michael Hickman (Oklahoma) hit a 2 RBI double as well.
Blain Knight got the win, Chad Perry the loss and Chris Rivera collected the save.
Friday will hopefully be the day that Coach Jack Johnson collects he 300th win, he is currently 299-92-2 (.763). We hope to see you out at Colusa Casino Stadium and see Coach Johnson acheive this amazing feat.