Sophomore pitcher Chase Volz tossed a four-hit shutout as the Broncos defeated Maricopa 5-0 on Friday, April 29, at Coast Union, improving to 4-0 in the Coast Valley League.
The Broncos are a game in front of Valley Christian Academy (3-1) with two more CVL games to play.
Volz struck out 10 and used 94 pitches in his seven innings of work. He is now 5-2 on the season and sports a stingy 0.70 earned-run average; Volz has struck out 38 batters in 40 innings of work and has three complete games to his credit.
Freshman Cameron Castle had two hits and drove in two runs against Maricopa. Lane Sutherland, Cade Hollingsead, Riley Kennedy, Volz and Nic Robertson each chipped in with a hit, and Edgar Nunez had a pair of hits. Hollingsead and Sutherland each drove in a run for Coast.
Senior Sutherland leads the team in batting average (.435), hits (20), runs batted in (9), slugging percentage (.608), on-base percentage (.500) and stolen bases (16 in17 attempts).
Junior Jack MacKinnon is hitting .278 with 10 hits and five RBI; sophomore Will Stephenson is hitting at a .263 clip with 10 hits and eight RBI. Sophomore Kennedy is batting .238 with 10 hits and four runs batted in.
The Broncos traveled to Dunn School on Monday, May 2, and absorbed the worst beating that have endured in many years. Coast was humbled 34-1. The Dunn School Earwigs had 35 hits, two home runs (one a grand slam), two triples, seven doubles, and played errorless ball in the field.
Coach Brian Machado said the Earwigs “hit everything that was thrown at them. They are solid one through nine.”
The next home game for the Broncos is against those same Earwigs on Friday, May 6, at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on KTEA-FM (103.5) and streams on www.ktea-fm.com.
The Lady Broncos went on the road and defeated Cuyama Valley 18-1 on Tuesday, May 3. Ellie Magnuson tossed a one-hitter and eadded a home run and a double. Maddie May blasted two home runs and knocked in three runs. Crystal Martinez drove in a run as well.
Magnuson now has a pair of no-hitters, a perfect game, and a one-hitter for Coast Union, which improved to 6-0 in Coast Valley League play. The Lady Broncos host Coastal Christian on Friday, May 6, and is on track to qualify for the CIF Division 5A playoffs later this month.