Mike Sciacca, Coastline Pilot
The Laguna Surf & Sport collected a pair of Majors Division victories
during the week as they rolled past the Fire Fighters, 11-0, and edged
Surf & Sport 11, Fire Fighters 0
Despite the lopsided final score, the teams were locked in a scoreless
tie behind the six strikeout pitching of Dalton Sype for Laguna Surf &
Sport and four strikeouts by the Fire Fighters’ Daniel Selevan. But that
all changed in the top of the fourth inning when Michael Tachovsky’s RBI
triple to the center field fence brought home Sype to give Laguna Surf &
Sport a 1-0 lead.
Tachovsky scored moments later when Christian Bosworth singled to the
right field fence, John Wes Robinson scored Bosworth on an RBI single and
Shane Snyder delivered an RBI single to up the advantage to 4-0. The Fire
Fighters’ Ryan Maddocks ended Laguna Surf & Sport’s rally and the inning
with a catch of Matt Miller’s well-hit fly ball to deep left field.
Tachovsky relieved Sype and finished the contest. He recorded six
strikeouts in the final three innings and only allowed singles to Michael
Lewis and Austin Derry, and a walk to Curtis Fetrow.
In the top of the fifth, Laguna Surf & Sport padded its lead to 5-0,
this time scoring on Fire Fighters’ relief pitcher Brennen Mulvaney.
Jaime Melchor got things rolling when he singled and scored on an error,
and Tachovsky hit an RBI double to center field.
In his final at-bat, Miller had a two-RBI single off the Fire
Fighters’ third pitcher, Curtis Fetrow. Alex Garakian, who had two hits
overall, came up with an RBI single. Nikko Okamoto-Coen, who reached base
on a walk, stole home, and a walk with the bases loaded accounted for the
game’s final run.
Surf & Sport 3, AFW 2
A pitchers’ dual ensued in the team’s second meeting of the season and
it took Caine Fair’s hit to shallow center field to bring home two runs
in the bottom of the sixth inning to complete the comeback.
Fair’s two-RBI game-winning hit scored both Dalton Sype and Michael
Sype and Tachovsky figured prominently in the victory as Sype started
on the mound and struck out six in the first three innings before giving
way to Tachovsky, who pitched the final three innings and yielded two
VFW pitcher Kevin Buck went the distance and struck out nine batters.
He did, however, give up a first inning home run to Sype and two more
runs in the sixth inning.
Laguna Surf & Sport tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning when
Charles Moothard singled and later scored on a Colby Ammerman double. But
VFW regained the lead at 2-1 in the fifth inning when Alex Shusko’s
single to left field scored Devon Hands.
That’s how the score stood until the bottom of the sixth inning when,
with two out and faced with a full count, Fair dropped a single in center
field to drive home both Sype and Tachovsky.
VFW had a potential rally cut off in the second inning when Nikko
Okamoto-Coen caught Shusko’s fly to deep center field, and another
derailed in the sixth when Phillip Le Bon caught a Gabe Stansbury fly
ball in left field.