• Malone pitches PG JV to a 6-1 win over Sacred Heart

     By Brian “Woodie” Wood
    Zach Malone pitched 6 1/3 innings of 3-hit 1-run ball against host Sacred Heart in Atherton on Saturday (Apr. 21) as the JV Breakers handled the Gators 6-1. The JV players were spectators for two hours in the first game of the double-header as the varsity teams squared off (Sacred Heart was victorious 7-3).
    PG put on two runners in the first. Malone knocked a 2-out single to left-centerfield before Chianti Carter drew a base on balls. Both were left stranded.  In the second, Charlie McMahon earned an 8-pitch walk followed by an infield single off the bat of JJ Courtney.  Jordan Booker executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third.  Sean Powell walked, but again the runners were left stranded. In the third, once again the Breakers had plenty of baserunners and some bad breaks. After Malone walked and Carter singled McMahon hit an apparent single to left field just over the the shortstop’s head. The runner at second had to freeze and was thrown out at third by the leftfielder. Undaunted, PG loaded the bases after Courtney walked. Once again, Sacred Heart worked out of the inning without allowing any runs. Malone would suffer the same fate in the fourth when his “single” to right field just over the second baseman’s head caused the runner at third to pause long enough to be forced out at home.

    Meanwhile, on the mound, Malone gave up a single and a walk in the first three innings matching goose eggs with the Gator pitcher. 
    Finally in the top of the fourth, Pacific Grove pushed some runs across the plate.  The bases were quickly loaded on walks to Dezi Green and Powell while Mares greeted the new Sacred Heart pitcher with a single passed the third baseman.  Carter followed with a one-out single to right field plating two runs. Jackson Destefano again jammed the bases when he was hit by an errant pitch. McMahon singled past the second baseman to bring in run number three.
    Sacred Heart tallied their only run of the day in the bottom of the fourth, however, the inning ended on a double play when the Gator batter lined out to shortstop Powell who threw to first baseman Mario Bonelli catching a runner off of first.  The Breakers scored two in the fifth when Mares had the hit of the game with a long triple to left centerfield bring home Green (on via an error) and Powell (single). Their final run came in the sixth.  McMahon walked was advanced by a Booker single and came home on a wild pitch.  Mares would add his third hit of the day with a single in the seventh.
    In the final three innings for Sacred Heart, Malone allowed just a single and a hit. Mares would come on in the seventh to retire the final two Gator batters preserving the victory for Malone.
    PG runs their record to 10-8 and travel to Carmel on Tuesday (Apr. 24) for a rivalry game (played at the Carmel Middle School) before returning the favor on Friday (Apr. 27) at home.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 22, 2018

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports


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