Thousand Oaks Coach Jim Hansen has a team with a split personality.
“One day the team is very good,” Hansen said. “But other times, it just unravels itself.”
At Newbury Park on Wednesday, the Thousand Oaks team unraveled and Newbury Park’s Tim Bohling unloaded on a fastball that helped give the Panthers a 6-3 Marmonte League win.
Bohling, a junior, hit a solo home run off Thousand Oaks pitcher Tom Neumayr in the third inning to extend Newbury Park’s lead to 5-3. Bohling also had a double in the fifth and finished the day 2 for 3.
“Bohling was struggling with his swing until the last two days of practice,” Newbury Park Coach Bob Hendricks said. “He seems to have corrected it.”
Newbury Park right fielder Jeff Campbell didn’t even have to attempt a swing but still drove in what proved to be the go-ahead run. With the bases loaded in the second inning and the score tied at 3, Neumayr hit Campbell with an 0-2 pitch that forced in a run.
Newbury Park (5-4-1, 2-0) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on run-scoring singles by catcher Craig Pearson and right fielder Jeff Campbell, followed by and an error by Thousand Oaks second baseman Dave Brant.
Thousand Oaks (8-7-1, 1-2) came back to tie the game in the second inning. The Lancers loaded the bases with a walk and consecutive singles from third baseman Jeff Rodriguez and shortstop Steve Sisco. Brant singled in two runs, and first baseman Rob McDaniel drove in the tying run with a single.
But Newbury Park pitcher Glenn Evans (4-0) held Thousand Oaks in check, pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts.
Thousand Oaks 3
Newbury Park 6
THOUSAND OAKS--Neumayr, Newman (3) and Estes.
NEWBURY PARK--Evans and Pearson.
WP--Evans (4-0); LP--Neumayr (2-1).