On a cool, breezy and overcast afternoon — Tuesday, April 30, the last day of April — the Magnuson sister-brother pitching act played out in a dramatic déjà vu at Coast Union. For the second time this season, freshman Ellie pitched her team to victory on the softball field while simultaneously her junior brother Grant pitched his team to a win a couple hundred yards away on the baseball field.
Only this time the performances were even more remarkable because both teams had to come back from deficits against tough teams to win. The Lady Broncos scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth inning to top a talented Orcutt Academy team, 8-6.
The baseball Broncos scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to even the score at 3-3 and send the game into extra innings, whereupon junior Quinten Raethke thrilled fans with a daring dash home on an infield out in the bottom of the ninth to record an exhilarating 4-3 win.
Grant threw a career-high 133 pitches (through nine innings) to get the win on the baseball field and Ellie used 92 pitches through seven innings in the softball game.
Afterwards Grant — who drove in two of the team’s four runs — said he could have gone one more inning and this was “the most competitive game” he had ever been in.
Raethke’s clutch line-drive single in the seventh put him in position to slide safely home for the tie, and thanks to his ninth-inning base hit — and some derring-do base running — he brought his team a win with one of his patented cloud-of-dust slides at home plate.
“This is the most exciting game we’ve played,” head coach Brian Machado remarked afterwards. Bronco third-base coach Steve Kniffen said he wouldn’t have sent Raethke home on the ground ball to the shortstop with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. “That’s the awesomeness of Quentin’s base running,” Kniffen remarked. “He gauged it and as soon as the shortstop threw to first ‘Q’ took off. He’s got to know he can score, and he did.”
Assistant softball mentor Toby Cinque said the team “looked real good overall” in beating Orcutt, and it pleased the coaches that the team executed “our small-ball game” by getting bunts down, moving runners over and stealing bases. The team overcame a few errors and played “in the now,” which is what the coaches have been emphasizing all season.
Sophomore Patty Bucio had two hits (including a triple), scored three runs and drove in a run for Coast, while her sophomore teammate Remy Corbet had a pair of hits, scored two runs and had one RBI. Senior Gabby Bucio, junior Cristina Plasencia and sophomore Sage Radecki each drove in a run for the Lady Broncos.
Coming into this week the softball team is 11-4 overall and in first place in the Coast Valley League with a 7-0 record. The baseball team is 10-6 overall and 8-0 in the Coast Valley League.
Bronco baseball team blanks Shandon, 10-0
The Bronco baseball team shut out Shandon 10-0 at Coast Union on Friday, May 3. Freshman catcher Lane Sutherland was given a chance to get some pitching experience and he took advantage of the opportunity, fanning eight and walking two while giving up a single in five innings.
Sutherland, who picked a runner off first and threw out another trying to steal second from his catcher’s position in the game against Orcutt, is hitting .324 with 11 RBIs coming into this week. Raethke leads the team with a .455 batting average and 15 RBIs; junior Emmany Godin-ez is hitting .412 with a team-leading 24 runs scored; and Magnuson is hitting 386 with six doubles and 13 RBIs.
Baseball & softball wins over Valley Christian
Just six days after the second sister-brother act at Coast Union, a third performance by the Magnuson siblings played out Monday, May 6, on a day in which rain threatened to interrupt the festivities — but it was also a day in which neither the softball team nor the baseball team was threatened with losing.
The Bronco baseball team — behind the complete game pitching effort by Grant — defeated Valley Christian 8-1 to improve its Coast Valley League record to 9-0. The second-place Valley Christian Lions fell to 6-2 in the league.
The Lady Broncos softball team — at the same time as the baseball team was defeating the Lions — defeated the Lady Lions 15-4 behind the pitching of Ellie, who gave up seven hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five Lady Lions. Coast is now 8-0 in Coast Valley League play.
Coast Union exploded for 10 runs in the third inning to seal the deal. The fact that Valley Christian committed eight errors (and Coast Union had just two errors) contributed to the domination by the Lady Broncos. Patty Bucio, her sister Gabby, Remy Corbet and Cristina Plasencia all collected two hits; both Bucio sisters knocked in two runs and Corbet had three RBIs.
Over on the baseball field, Emmany Godinez, Tommy Moreno, and Magnuson each had a pair of hits on May 6; Godinez, who leads the team in stolen bases, swiped 4. Catcher Lane Sutherland threw a runner out attempting to steal second base, showing not just a powerful arm but an awareness of the dynamics of the game (where everyone is at any given moment in the game) which is impressive for a freshman player.
Following the May 6 victory, Corbet leads the Lady Broncos with a sparkling .480 batting average. Patty Bucio is close behind at .462.
On the baseball side of Coast sports, Quinten Raethke has the highest batting average at .447; Godinez is hitting a solid .426.
Tuesday, May 7, the Lady Broncos beat Cuyama Valley 28-1. Patty Bucio went 5-for-5 with a home run and Sage Radecki went four-for-four with a pair of doubles. The team is now 13-4 overall and 9-0 in the Coast Valley League.
Also on May 7, the baseball team knocked off Cuyama Valley 14-2 thanks to Grant Magnuson's home run and Lane Sutherland’s pair of doubles. The Broncos are now 10-0 in league play.