The Coast Union baseball team left the comfort of Cambria’s ocean-cooled 70-degree temperatures Thursday, April 30, and journeyed to a nonleague contest at Kings Christian in the steamy San Joaquin Valley. Notwithstanding the 95-degree heat, Coast topped the Crusaders 8-5.
“Oh my gosh! We stepped out of the bus, it was like a wall of heat,” Coach Brian Machado said. “I told the players before we left, ‘This is going to be good for us. We’re going to take a two-hour ride, we’re going to get out into a hundred-degree heat, and have to win, on the road.’ ”
“And we did win. Jake (McAvoy) pitched all seven, struck out six and only gave up one earned run. It was good.”
The Broncos had nine hits, they struck out six times, worked the pitcher for six walks and left six men in base. They did make four errors, however, putting themselves in a closer game than it had to be.
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Machado — a stickler for errors that jeopardize a Bronco advantage — bemoaned a dropped fly ball in right field that was a “can of corn” (very easy play), and a ball hit directly back to the pitcher with the bases loaded that should have been a double play in the seventh.
“We shouldn’t have let them back in the game.”
Gehrig Kniffen had a hit and stole a base; Jez Lawson had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run; Chase Volz drove in two runs with a hit; and Tommy Moreno had a pair of hits, scored two runs and drove in a run.
Auggie Johnson had a hit and drove in a run; and in addition to his pitching duties, McAvoy had a double and scored two runs for Coast.
“We took advantage of some of their mistakes and put pressure on them,” Machado reported in a phone interview the day after the game. We’re rolling. We’re ready to go.”
The next two home games for the Broncos — at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, against Shandon and Saturday at noon against Dunn School — will both be broadcast on KTEA-FM radio (103.5) and stream live on www.ktea-fm.com.
The Cambria Reds dropped an 18-6 decision to the undefeated Los Osos Red Sox Saturday, May 2, at Leffingwell ball field. Coach Gary Stephenson said his team kept the game close until the Red Sox exploded for five runs in the fourth inning and put the game out of reach.
A highlight for the Reds was a home run over the fence by Emany Plasencia.
“He had several strong defensive plays” as well, Stephenson said.
The Reds played the Yankees on Tuesday, May 5, and lost 6-2.
David Amodei, Ethan Hoffman and DJ Cashdan made “outstanding defensive plays … it was our best game this season,” Stephenson said.
Meanwhile, the Cambria Giants AAA Little League team lost two games by identical 13-2 scores. The Morro Bay Athletics topped the Giants on Wednesday, April 28, and the Giants succumbed to the Los Osos Padres on Saturday, May 2.
Coach Matt Saunders said, “The main thing for these kids right now is that they’re learning. Many of them are really just first-year players and very young.
The Giants won their first game of the season by defeating the Cayucos Pirates Tuesday, May 5, by a score of 14-9. They take on the Cubs Saturday May 9 at Leffingwell ballpark in a 3 p.m. game.