W ith the bone-chilling wind whipping in off the ocean and howling toward home plate from center field, the Broncos and the Outlaws from Shandon ignored the tempest and played a tight, entertaining game for five innings at Coast Union Tuesday, May 11.
The Broncos put a three-spot on the scoreboard in the fourth and went into the sixth leading 3-1, with Andy Gordon pitching a gem and the Broncos infield doing a creditable job on defense.
But in the bottom of the sixth Coast Union hitters began to make contact and Shandon’s defense began to fall apart and, after the dust had settled, the Broncos had tallied nine runs. At that point, the mercy rule kicked in and the umpires called the game.
Credit goes to sophomore Gordon, who tossed a one-hitter and struck out 11 Outlaw batters. The 6- foot right-hander, who played so well for the Coast Union varsity basketball team this past season, gave Coach Brian Machado a smile for Tuesday and something very positive to look forward to next baseball season.
The Broncos had five hits and made only one error while striking out just twice. The Outlaws meanwhile made five errors and, as mentioned, crashed and burned in the bottom of the sixth.
With a record of 6-10 going
into their last game — in San Luis Obispo against Mission Prep today, May 13 — the coaches and players aren’t totally thrilled with the season, but given Gordon’s emergence and the talent shown by several other young players, there is certainly reason for optimism in 2011.
— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian