After being bulldozed nearly into oblivion on Monday, May 2, at Dunn School — losing 34-1 to the Earwigs — Coast Union restored its pride in a narrow 2-1 loss as hosts to the Earwigs on Friday, May 6.
Despite the loss, the quality of their play, the resilience shown on defense and patience at the plate brought smiles to the coaching staff.
Each team scored a run in the first inning Friday, and Dunn School added a run in the fifth to complete the scoring. Compared with the fifth inning May 2 at Dunn School — when the Earwigs tallied 20 runs — to say there was a “night and day” difference between the games would be to grossly understate the reality.
Sophomore Chase Volz, the ace of the Bronco staff, pitched a brilliant three-hitter against the Earwigs on Friday. Coach Brian Machado said he has reminded Volz to avoid throwing pitches “in the zone.”
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Chase’s pitch comes in looking like a curve — and boom, it drops off the table.
Brian Machado, Coast Union head baseball coach
“Chase’s pitch comes in looking like a curve — and boom, it drops off the table,” Machado said Saturday morning. “He’s only a sophomore. Every year he’s getting better. In fact, every outing he’s getting better.
“I’m real happy for the team,” he added. “They played really well. They played great defense against Dunn. We left too many guys on base, and one little bingo here or there and we would have tied them.”
Lane Sutherland launched two booming rockets over the heads of Earwigs’ outfielders for doubles. But he was thrown out trying to turn one into a triple, and was thrown out for interfering with the third baseman when a ground ball was hit between second and third after the other double.
On Tuesday, May 10, the Broncos (6-0) clinched the Coast Valley League title by beating Valley Christian Academy 8-2 in Santa Maria. Volz used 101 pitches, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five.
Sutherland swatted a grand slam, but it was nullified because the runner on third failed to touch home plate. Still, the Broncos tallied five runs in the sixth on RBI by Riley Kennedy, Jack MacKinnon, and Will Stephenson. The CIF playoffs begin next week.