There was no taunting, no trash-talking and no ill will in a
cross-town rivalry baseball game between Providence and
Pioneer Coach Blaine Anderson and his Guard counterpart -- Coach
Hector Perez -- saw to it their players concentrated on a friendly,
clean nonleague game, and didn’t give in to riling up their
In a game filled with a lot of hits, and a lot of errors,
Providence held off a pesky young Bell-Jeff team Monday and ran their
way to a 12-10 victory at Brace Canyon Park.
“This is the kind of rivalry game we want to play,” said Anderson,
whose team is 3-3-1. “This is just a nice game for the two smaller
teams in the city.
“I think Hector Perez is doing a great job at Bell-Jeff. He has
that program heading in the right direction.”
Perez, a hometown boy who played and coached at Burroughs, said
the rivalry between the area’s two Catholic school is anything but
“We like to play Providence because so many of our kids know their
kids,” he said. “In the summer, we have even combined players from
both schools to make a team.”
Along with 14 hits, the Pioneers ran Bell-Jeff (0-4) crazy, as
Providence had 13 stolen bases -- including two of home plate.
Every starting Pioneer got on base, and seven of the nine had at
least one stolen base.
“We have pretty good team speed, and we will run if we get the
chance,” Anderson said.
Sean Kaloostian led the ground attack, going three for four with a
double and three stolen bases. Teammates Andrew Franco, Chris Acosta
and R.J. Matta had two hits each.
Although Pioneer Justin Nepomuceno had just one hit, he walked
three times, scored three runs and had three stolen bases.
Bell-Jeff was paced by Ronnie Rhoner and Ryan Vargas, who had two
After the Guards jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings, the
Pioneers scored 11 straight runs to push back Bell-Jeff. However,
Bell-Jeff scored five runs in the sixth inning to cut the lead to
Bell-Jeff pushed across one run in the bottom of the seventh and
had the winning run at the plate. However, the Pioneers ended the
Providence starter Paul Paolone (3-2) went 6 2/3 innings, giving
up seven hits and nine runs to earn the victory.
The teams combined for 12 errors.