After struggling with just one win all last season and going winless through 11 games this season, the Cambria Giants AAA Little League team did some serious high-fiving Wednesday, May 11, after beating the Los Osos Indians 8-6.
Coach Matt Saunders credited the pitching of Jovan Merlos, Jack May and Robert Saunders. Alex DeAlba was given one of the game balls for his great effort on a double play, and Dane Volz received the other game ball for hammering out two hits, including a double.
“It was a great night, and the players all feel great about the win,” Saunders said.
The Giants took an 11-4 loss Saturday, May 14, at the hands of the Los Osos Twins. Michael Dubnow had two hits and drove in a run. Coach Saunders said the team is not “wrapped up in wins and losses” because the Giants know they’re playing “much better than last year” and they’re proud of their “constant improvements.”
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In that game, Charlie Lyman, one of the youngest players on the team, put a ball in play for the first time in his Little League experience, which “really excited” the whole Giants team, Saunders said.
On Tuesday, May 17, the Giants lost to the Los Osos Tigers 16-2, but coach Saunders said Andrea Castillo, one of two girls in Cambria Little League play, got a hit in the fifth inning and later made a nice putout at first base.
Jack May pitched for the Giants, and Eli Linn had a hit, sparking the Giants’ rally in the fifth inning. The Giants’ last home game is Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. against the Los Osos Athletics.
The Cambria Reds Little Leaguers went into the seventh inning two runs down against the Los Osos Marlins on May 10, and thanks to a double by Michael Sison, the Reds tied the game. It was the first time this season the Reds had taken a game into the bottom of the 7th.
Unfortunately for the Reds, the Marlins scored a run in their half of the seventh to win 12-11. Coach Gary Stephenson credited his team’s resilience to the “hard work they put in every week.”
Riley Volz got her first chance to pitch for the Reds, and she gave up three runs in the first inning before striking out the last batter to end the inning. She was followed on the mound by Zack Stephenson, Nate Markham, Anhase Martin and Alan Nunez, all of whom had effective outings, keeping the Reds close and giving them a chance in the seventh.
The Cambria Reds were outslugged by the Los Osos A’s 16-4 on Tuesday, May 17. Coach Stephenson said the score would have been closer if the Reds had been able to complete rundowns; twice they had an A’s player picked off.
But Stephenson gave credit to Christian Castillo, who made a “diving stop at second base and threw the runner out at first. He also got two really solid hits. The kid is really starting to shine,” Stephenson explained.
Special to The Cambrian.