A frustrating season-long losing streak ended Saturday morning for 11 jubilant Cambria Reds and their Coach Gary Stephenson as the team edged the always-tough Morro Bay Brewers 9-8 at Leffingwell Field.
Having lost to the Brewers earlier in the season, Stephenson said the Reds played “the kind of ball they are capable of” against Morro Bay on April 23 and “came away with an important win.”
Zack Stephenson pitched the opening three innings, gave up a run, and went 2-for-3 at the plate. Nate Markham came in to pitch and worked for 2 2/3 innings and had a good day at the plate. And Alan Nunez pitched very effectively closing out the game, also contributing a long three-run home run over the fence for the Reds.
Key moments for the Reds: Ethan Hoffman’s steal of home and Emi Pena’s sensational catch in the seventh inning to preserve the win.
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In the team meeting after the game, Stephenson told the players how proud he was that they played their best game of the season. As a gesture, he offered to break tradition and put the gear away (normally it’s the team’s postgame duty).
“But instead of grabbing their personal stuff and heading to the parking lot, they all got up and put the gear away for me,” he reported, adding, “I love that team.”
The next home game for the Reds will be against the Brewers at 5 p.m. Tuesday May 3.
The Cambria Giants AAA Little League team continues to work toward the good feeling that comes with its first victory of the 2016 season. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen for them on Wednesday, April 20, against the Morro Bay Pirates.
The Pirates beat the Giants 12-4, but coach Matt Saunders was pleased to see Jack May make his first appearance on the mound — and pick up his first strikeout. Also Chase Hayden had two hits in two at-bats, and Michael Dubnow and Robert Saunders each doubled to drive in a run for the Giants.
The Pirates and Giants each scored three runs in the first inning, but the game got away from the Giants in the third and fourth innings, when the Pirates scored three and five runs, respectively.
The next home game for the Giants will be against the Los Osos Twins at Leffingwell on Wednesday, May 4, with the first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.