Monica (3-1) Vikings dugout erupted and players spilled out onto the field as they
chased down second baseman Nobu Suzuki seconds after his game winning RBI
single against the Buena Bulldogs (1-2) in extra innings to end the game 1-0.
two-outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Suzuki stepped up to the plate
with a runner in scoring position. Looking to end the game, Suzuki jumped on
the first pitch he saw and lined a single into left field driving in Ryan
Barbarin for the only run both teams would score all game.
“I was just
looking for a first pitch fastball,” said Suzuki. “I like being in that
situation because I’ve done it before.”
It was an extraordinary
pitchers duel for seven innings with neither team able to score.
seven innings of the game was a showcase of two starting pitchers who seemed to
be matching each other pitch for pitch. Samohi starter Alex Gironda hit the
first batter he faced and then gave up a single, putting runners at the corner.
But with some help from his catcher Lino Lares, Gironda was able to get out of
the inning striking out back-to-back batters.
“To get out of a first and third no
out situation, it was just as much Lino as it was Alex,” said Samohi head coach
Kurt Schwengel. “For him to throw out that guy at second and not have them
score on it, that’s a big blunder on their part.”
Those two strikeouts to get out the
first inning would start a streak of 15 straight batters retired for Gironda,
who struck out seven batters during the streak.
“It was just uphill from there, I tried to
settle down and throw strikes,” said Gironda. “That first pitch just slipped
out of my hand, so you have to come back from that and just do your thing.”
Gironda completed the night going
seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight Bulldogs.
counterpart, Buena’s Charlie Brooks didn’t face the same first inning jitters,
as he struck out the side to start off his game. An error to start the second
inning though would give the Vikings their best scoring opportunity all game.
With the bases-loaded and no outs, Brooks struck out the next two batters and
got the speedy Alex Turner to ground out to the second baseman to end the inning.
Following that Brooks would go the next four innings without allowing a hit and
striking out six batters.
Brooks ended his day going six
shutout innings while only giving up two hits and striking out eleven.
Samohi relief pitcher Andrew Brown
pitched the eighth inning and was credited with the win.
The Vikings won away against Birmingham (1-2-1) in the Southern California
Invitational Saturday afternoon.
Next game for Samohi is against Roosevelt (1-2) at home Wednesday at 3 p.m.
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