San Luis Obispo senior pitcher Jeremy Jess tossed a gem, but three errors by the Tigers’ defense led to a 2-1 loss to Culver City in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs on Tuesday in Culver City.
Jess went five innings, struck out five, gave up four hits and yielded no earned runs, but a pair of errors — one in the second inning and one in the fifth — led to two Culver City (21-7) runs and proved to be the difference.
On top of that, the Tigers’ bats never got going.
“They played lights out defense,” San Luis Obispo coach Brian Wong said, adding the Tigers had four line-drive outs.
Wong said Culver City pitcher Eli Saucedo “didn’t throw hard but threw a lot of junk” and kept the San Luis Obispo hitters off balance, holding the team to just four hits. Five Tigers’ runners were left on base.
The PAC 8 champion Tigers ended the season with a 25-7 record.
“For the first time in 13 years as a coach — they were bummed and sad — but they were coming up to me thanking me and saying what a great year we had,” Wong said.
San Luis Obispo will graduate seven seniors, including five starters, but will return a group of key young players, including freshmen Brooks Lee and pitcher Cooper Benson.
“There should be good baseball here for a while,” Wong said.