San Pedro Varsity loses opener to Peninsula 7-5
Opening day 2009 did not go as planned, as Peninsula came into Pedro's house and walked away with a 7-5 victory. In a game that went back and forth, the Varsity squad was never able to put together a big enough rally to get past the good hitting Peninsula squad. Scoring only single runs in the 2nd through 5th and adding another in the 7th, that "big" rally you expected to happen, never did.
The offensive highlights today came from Sophomore Christopher "Bubba" Costa who slammed (2) doubles to right center field getting an RBI each time, and Senior Jimmy Cortez add (2) hits of his own. Senior Robert Villela, Junior Jacob Johnson, and Sophomore Nathan Etheridge also added a hit in today's contest, with Nathan's hit a "Blast deep to center in the final inning.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: CHRISTOPHER COSTA
Game 2 - March 7, 2009
Varsity picks up first win 6-0, against crostown rivals Mary Star
Behind an outstanding pitching effort from San Pedro Junior Johnathon Mata, San Pedro coasted to their first win of the year 6-0 at Fromhold field.
Mata, behind a steller defensive performance, was in command from the first pitch to the last, holding the "Stars" hitters to five hits, allowed only one walk while striking out seven. The offense was led by Seniors Ryan Stanovich (2) hits and (2)RBI, Nick Synstelien two hits, Sophomore "Bubba" Costa (1) hit and (1) RBI, Junior Jacob Maes a double, and Senior Ernie Carillo (1) hit and (1) RBI.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Johnathon Mata
Game 3 - March 10, 2009
Varsity Offense wake's up in time to beat Bellflower 7-6
Once again it looked as if it was going to be one of those day's for San Pedro's offense, who managed to put up only one run through the first five innings, while starting pitcher, Sophomore Dino Boskovich, did his part allowing Bellflower to score only two. But then in the sixth inning, when the wheels looked as if they fell off San Pedro defensively by allowing Bellflower to rally and score four runs, the offense got its wake up call and responded.
Trailing by five, the offense responded and produced five runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, and scored another in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win. Securing the victory for the Pirates on the mound was Sophomore Anthony Canjura, who picked up his first Varsity victory with his relief appearance. The offensive stars in today's game were Senior's Robert Villela and Ryan Stanovich who both were three for three and each had an RBI, and Junior Jonathon Mata who came up with a big hit, a double off the fence that kept the big rally going. Villela's last hit was the game winner in the bottom of the seventh.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: ROBERT VILLELA
Game 4 - March 12, 2009
St. John Bosco crushes the Pirates 10-0
From the first pitch to the last merciful out, the St. John Bosco Braves dismantled the San Pedro Pirates both offensively and defensively in a 10-0, five inning contest today, at San Pedro High.
The lone offensive highlights today came from Senior Nick Synstelien's (2) doubles, and Junior Danny Matienzo's double of his own.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Nick Synstelien
Game 5 - March 14, 2009
It takes 11 innings and 2 Cortez homeruns, but Pirates drop Bishop Montgomery 13-4.
San Pedro's starting pitcher Jonathon Mata left today's game having pitched (8) strong innings and the game tied 4-4. Mata's effort, which was good enough to get the win on most days, was special, as he only gave up two earned runs and allowed only (8) hits. The rest of the game was in the hands of relief pitcher Dino Boskovich, who came in the ninth, and worked his way out of several jams as he shut down the "Knights" for the final three innings, picking up the victory along the way.
The Pirates and Knights were knotted at 4 runs each through 10 innings, that is until the Pirates 11th inning rally that saw them explode for (9) runs on (8) hits in route to the 11-4 victory. The offense was led today by (2) homeruns and (4) RBI from Senior Jimmy Cortez, whose first blast to right helped when the Pirates rallied to tie the game at (4), and the second helped seal the victory in the (9) run 11th. Others who were part of the Pedro (15) hits attack today included Dino Boskovich (3), Danny Matienzo (3), Jacob Johnson (2), Ryan Stanovich (2), Robert Villela (1) and Ronnie Galosic (1).
Game 6 - March 17, 2009
Pirates hammer Marshall in route to a 5 inning 14-3 victory.
San Pedro picked up where they left off on Saturday, sending 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, while scoring 7 runs. The Pirates took advantage when a would have been third out fly ball to center was dropped by the Marshall center fielder for an error, and opened the door to the to the 7 run first. Once again the Pirate bats were hot, producing 12 hits, and were led by senior Jimmy Cortez. Cortez had 2 hits, 2 RBI, with one of the hits being a homerun, his third in two games. Others contributing on offense today were Chris Costa 2 hits and 3 RBI, Danny Matienzo 2 hits and 3 RBI, Jacob Johnson 2 hits with one being a double, Ronnie Galosic a double and 2 RBI, Ryan Stanovich a hit and 1 RBI, and singles by Ernie Carillo and Robert Villela.
Defensively again today the Pirates were solid, and on the mound, Cortez led the way pitching 4 innings, while holding Marshall to only four hits. The last inning of work went to Nathan Etheridge, who came in and closed the game out.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jimmy Cortez
Game 7 - March 20, 2009
Pirates bats pound Bellflower in a 5 inning 19-3 victory.
San Pedro varsity continued it's torrid hitting today against Bellflower, pounding out 16 hits and 19 runs in today’s victory. Junior Ronnie Galosic who had four hits and 4 RBI, led today’s offensive attack. The other Pirates with multiple hits today were Nick Synstelien two hits and an RBI, Ryan Stanovich 2 hits and an RBI, Chris Costa a double a triple and an RBI, and Robert Villela two hits and 2 RBI. Pirates Jacob Johnson, Danny Matienzo, Ernie Carillo and Nathan Etheridge also added hits.
Dino Boskovich pitched a complete game on the mound, giving up four hits while allowing only 3 runs.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ronnie Galosic
Game 8 - March 21, 2009
San Pedro battles back to beat Kennedy 9-8 in Redondo Tournament opener.
In today's 9-8 thrilling Redondo Tournament victory over the Kennedy High Cougars from the San Fernando Valley, the San Pedro Pirates trailed by two runs going into the bottom of the 7th inning, but showed their "Pirate Pride" as they never gave up and continued to compete until the winning run crossed the plate.
The Pirates' 2008 season ended with a big loss at the hands of a dominate Kennedy team, and that loss may have been on the 2009 teams mind today because this years squad seemed determined to prove to Kennedy, as well as themselves, that this year's squad is different in that they do belong on the same field with such a great High School baseball program as Kennedy. From the first pitch until the last run crossed the plate, the Pirates today proved that they can compete and they are a team who will never give up and will battle until the final out is recorded. Today's game began with a spark from Junior Jacob Johnson, who got the Pirates on the board in the bottom of the first when he hit his first Varsity Homerun, a deep drive over the Left Field fence. The scored stayed 1-0 until the top of the 3rd inning when Kennedy loaded the bases and then their batter delivered a Grand Slam homer over the right field fence. Answering the call for San Pedro in the bottom of the inning, with a homerun of his own, was Senior Ernie Carillo, his first homer of the year.
The score remained 4-2 until the six, when Kennedy scored another run to go up 5-2, but the Pirates answered with a 3 run game tying rally of their own, setting up a wild 7th inning. In the 6th inning Pirate rally, the Pirates sent 9 men to the plate, which included a double and 2 RBI from Robert Villela. The 7th inning saw Kennedy once again take the lead as they scored 3 runs of their own. Once again the Pirates never gave up, as they scored 4 of their own in the bottom to pull out the victory. The 7th inning Pirate rally included 4 hits and 4 walks, including the last walk to Ronnie Galosic that pushed over the game-winning run. Pirates with hits in the rally were Nick Synstelien a single, a triple and another RBI from Jacob Johnson, a single from Ryan Stanovich, who had two hits of his own for the day, and a game tying double and RBI from Danny Matienzo.
On the mound, although he did not get the decision, Jonathon Mata pitched 6 innings for the Pirates, while Anthony Canjura and Evan Roberts closed out the last inning.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jacob Johnson
Game 9 - March 24, 2009
Mata saves the day, as San Pedro beats Banning 2-1 in Marine League opener.
San Pedro and Banning baseball teams opened Marine League play today, as San Pedro outlasted Banning for the win, 2-1 at Banning. The fans today were treated to an old-fashioned pitchers duel when they got to see some of the Marine Leagues best pitchers do battle. San Pedro's Jimmy Cortez and Banning’s Jonathan Hernandez both started the game going head to head, and one of the leagues rising stars, San Pedro's Jonathon Mata came in to shut the Pilots down, getting the save. Cortez pitched 5 1/3 innings great innings, giving up 1 run, while striking out 5 and allowing only 4 hits. Banning’s Hernandez went the complete 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 4 Pirate batters. Although the two starters both had great games, the dramatic finish came down to Pirate Junior Jonathon Mata who came into the game in the top of the 7th, and was simply awesome. With two men on base, Mata got the first batter he faced to hit a pop fly out. After the next batter walked to load the bases, Mata took control, striking out the next two batters to end the game.
On offense, Banning scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third, while San Pedro scored one of their own in the fifth and the go ahead run in the sixth. Leading off the fifth for San Pedro was Robert Villela who single, and was followed by a single of his own from Danny Matienzo. With two men on base, Christopher Costa laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, setting up Ronnie Galosic who grounded out hard to second, scoring the run and picking up an RBI for his effort. With the game tied at one, Jacob Johnson led off the sixth inning with a double, which was followed by an intentional walk given to Jimmy Cortez. After the runners advanced to second and third on a catcher's passed ball, Ryan Stanovich hit a deep sacrifice fly to right, scoring the eventual winning run. San Pedro batters with hits today were Christopher Costa 2 hits, Danny Matienzo, Robert Villela, Jacob Johnson, and Ronnie Galosic with one hit apiece.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jimmy Cortez
Game 10 - March 26, 2009
Big hits help Pirates put away Banning 8-2.
The San Pedro Pirates managed only 5 hits today, but brought the big bats out for two of them in their 8-2 victory over the visiting Banning Pilots. As a result of their second win over Banning this week, the Pirates start off Marine League play a perfect 2-0, while the Pilots drop to 0-2. The Pirate power surge was led by both Junior catcher Danny Matienzo and Senior right fielder Ernie Carillo, who both hit 2 run homeruns. Besides his homerun, Matienzo had a hot bat going 2-3, 2 RBI, scored 3 runs, and his homerun was the first of his Pirate career. Carillo's bomb with a runner on went over the right field fence, and was his second on the season. The only other Pirates to get hits today were Christopher Costa who had a double and two RBI's, and Nick Synstelien who had a single.
On the mound Jonathon Mata was solid and in control once again. Mata pitched 6 innings, he gave up 8 hits while striking out 8 Pilot batters, which included two big ones in the fifth with the bases loaded. Dino Boskovich came in and closed the game in the 7th for the Pirates.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Danny Matienzo
Game 11 - March 28, 2009
Pirates manage only 1 hit in loss to Peninsula 7-3.
Peninsula Panthers hurler Avery Lanman seems to have the San Pedro Pirates' number. For the second time this year, and third time in two years, Avery beat the Pirates, today holding them to only one hit, a 3 run homerun to Jimmy Cortez in the first inning. After the homerun to Cortez, Lanman settled down to retire 17 out of the next 22 batters he faced.
On the mound today the Pirates had one bright spot when they saw the return of Senior Steve Posad, who was in control for three good innings, allowing no runs, giving up two hits, two walks, while striking out three. After Posad left the game the relief pitchers gave no relief as Peninsula scored all 7 runs in their final four at bats, taking advantage of 7 walks and 6 hits.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jimmy Cortez
Game 12 - March 30, 2009
Pirates strand 10 runners in 2-1 loss at Carson.
The San Pedro Pirates left 10 runners on base, wasting another great pitching outing from Jimmy Cortez, in their 2-1 loss tonight against the Carson Colts at Carson. Although the opportunities were there to take control of the game in the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th innings, the Pirates never could get the timely hit to break open the game. The Pirates sole run came in the second inning when Senior Jimmy Cortez hit a homerun, his 5th of the season. The only other Pirates who contributed on offense today were Ronnie Galosic who had 2 hits, and Robert Villela who added a single in the sixth.
Cortez was also today's starting pitcher, and once again he did a good job going 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 6 Colt batters. Jonathon Mata entered the game in the 6th inning and pitched the final two innings, picking up the loss along the way. In his first inning, Mata ended a Colt threat by striking out the side.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jimmy Cortez
San Pedro starts well at home and easily defeats Carson 11-2.
San Pedro decide to play a complete game today when offensively they got some good timely hitting, they showed a bit of power along the way, and defensively they made 13 put-outs behind a nice pitching outing on the mound. The Pirate bats got started in the 1st inning when Ronnie Galosic hit his first of two doubles on the day, this one off the right field fence. After a ground out by Nick Synstelien, Jacob Johnson hammered a triple to the centerfield fence, knocking home Galosic. Ryan Stanovich then joined in on the fun and promptly singled Johnson home. With Stanovich on first, Jimmy Cortez flied out, bringing to the plate Ernie Carillo, who was moved today up to the sixth spot in the line-up. All Carillo did was smash a deep fly to right center for a double and RBI, and scored on a single by Robert Villela. After putting up four in the first inning, the Pirates followed with a 2 run second, pushed a single run across in the third, they scored 3 in the forth, and 1 in the fifth. The big blow came in the forth inning rally when Carillo hit a three run homer over the right field fence, which was his 5th of the year and the teams 10th. The other Pirates with a hit today were Danny Matienzo and Chris Costa, who both had singles.
On the Mound, Jonathon Mata went 6 innings for the Pirates, allowing 2 runs on four hits while striking out 6 Colt batters.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ernie Carillo
Game 14 - April 4, 2009
PIRATES LEAVE 11 ON BASE IN 6-3 LOSS TO VERDUGO HILLS IN CAL PRO EASTER CLASSIC.
The San Pedro Pirate hitters could not get a big hit in the clutch today, as they left 11 runners on base in 6-3 loss to Verdugo Hills in today’s first round game of the Cal Pro Easter Classic at South High. The Pirates grabbed an early lead when Ronnie Galosic lead off the game with a double to right, and after a bunt single by Nick Synstelien, Galosic scored on a single by Ryan Stanovich. After a quiet 2nd and 3rd inning, the 4th, 6th and 7th inning saw the Pirates score a total of 1 run while leaving 8 runners stranded.
Two bright spots for the Pirates today were Nathan Etheridge who had 2 hits and an RBI, and Dino Boskovich who had one hit, and pitched 4 innings allowing only one run, three hits while striking out two.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: DINO BOSKOVICH AND NATHAN ETHERIDGE
Game 15 - April 6, 2009
PEDRO BATTERS CLUB 16 HITS IN 17-6 ROUTE OF VENICE HIGH IN CAL PRO EASTER CLASSIC VICTORY.
The San Pedro baseball team could not get the big hit they needed on Saturday, but today they got a big hit every time they needed one. The Pirates jumped on the Venice starter early as they batted around in the first scoring 5 runs. In the 1st, Ronnie Galosic, Nick Synstelien and Jacob Johnson all walked, Ernie Carillo singled driving in two, followed by Nathan Etheridge who got a hit and an RBI. The Pirates scored 2 runs in the second, including a homerun from Jimmy Cortez, one more in the third, and then blew open the game in 4th when they scored 9 runs sending 12 men to the plate. The 9 run 4th included Jacob Johnson leading off with his 2nd homerun of the year, another hit from Etheridge, single's and RBI's from Robert Villela and Carillo, a bunt single and RBI from Galosic, and a double and RBI from Danny Matienzo. Pirates enjoying hits today were Galosic (2), Ryan Stanovich (1), Cortez (1), Johnson (2), Carillo (2), Matienzo (2), Etheridge (2), Villela (2), Boskovich (1), and Daryl Corniel (1).
On the mound, Even Roberts pitched four innings to get the win, and Anthony Canjura pitched the final two to close out the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: ERNIE CARILLO
Game 16 - April 7, 2009
BOSKOVICH SAVES THE DAY FOR SAN PEDRO AS THEY BEAT SOUTH HIGH 12-8 IN CAL PRO CLASSIC.
Day three of Pool Play in the Cal Pro Classic saw the San Pedro Pirates defeat the South High Spartans 12-8 at South High. San Pedro started out fast once again, as they jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead. Ronnie Galosic, Ryan Stanovich and Jimmy Cortez all scored as Stanovich, Cortez and Ernie Carillo all got hits. In the second inning the Spartans bounced back with a 7 run rally of their own, ending the day for San Pedro starter on the mound, Jimmy Cortez. The wind seemed to be out of the Pirates' sail, as they could not get things going and were silenced at the plate for the next three innings. In the mean time, on the mound for the Pirates was Dino Boskovich, who stepped in and simply took control of the game, and in doing so; he gave his team a chance to win. Dino threw 4 2/3 innings, as he limited South to 1 run on 4 hits, while striking out 3 Spartan batters. Dino's placement of his pitches and his great command kept the Spartan batters off balanced, unable to ever put another rally together.
After being silenced for three innings, the Pirate offense did wake up as they scored 5 runs in the 5th and added 4 more in the 6th. Ernie Carillo led the way on offense today as he collected 3 hits and 3 RBI, while Nick Synstelien and Jimmy Cortez each had two of their own. The other Pirates with hits today were Ryan Stanovich, Jacob Johnson and Dino Boskovich who tripled in the 5th.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: DINO BOSKOVICH
Game 17 - April 8, 2009
SAN PEDRO DOES ENOUGH TO WIN IN FINAL CAL PRO CLASSIC GAME.
Playing as if they needed a few days off, the San Pedro Varsity did just enough today to walk away with a 7-3 win this afternoon over Morningside High in their final game of the 2009 Cal Pro Easter Classic. The Pirates scored single runs in the first three innings, added three more in the fifth, and another in the seventh, but looked as if the offense was tired, and never really got going. One player who stayed hot was second baseman, Senior Nick Synstelien, who had two more hits today, giving him five for the tournament. Other Pirates with hits today on offense were Jimmy Cortez, who hit his 7th homerun on the year, Ryan Stanovich, Ernie Carillo, Evan Roberts, and Robert Villela.
On the mound, Jonathon Mata went six innings to get the victory while Mondo Martinez came in and picked up the save for his one inning of work. In the victory, Mata gave up three runs on six hits while striking out five Morningside batters.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: NICK SYNSTELIEN
Game 18 - April 14, 2009
PIRATES POUND GARDENA 18-2 IN 5 INNING GAME.
The San Pedro High Varsity got back to business today, wasting no time in their 5 innings, 18-2 defeat of the Gardena Panthers in a Marine League contest played at San Pedro. The Pirates pounded out 15 hits, while pitchers Jimmy Cortez and Dino Boskovich limited the Panthers to only one. The Pirates were led by Juniors Ronnie Galosic who went 3-3 with two doubles and three runs scored, Jacob Johnson who was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Seniors Ryan Stanovich who went 2-2 with a double an RBI and two runs scored and Robert Villela who went 2-2 with 4 RBI. Other Pirates with hits today were Nick Synstelien, Jimmy Cortez, Danny Matienzo, Nathan Etheridge, Andrew Burkhart, and Daniel Banda who had a double an RBI and scored a run.
On the mound, Jimmy Cortez pitched 4 innings giving up one hit while walking four and striking out two. Dino Boskovich closed out the last inning by retiring all three Panthers he faced.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: GALOSIC, JOHNSON, STANOVICH, VILLELA
Game 19 - April 16, 2009
PIRATES SHOW SOME DEFENSE IN 3-2 WIN AT GARDENA.
With today's 3-2 win over Gardena at Gardena, the San Pedro Pirate Baseball team showed they can play some defense to go along with their potent offense. San Pedro's starting pitcher Jonathon Mata and relief pitcher Dino Boskovich held Gardena to 7 hits and had a strong defense behind them that stopped several potential rallies from ever getting started. The defense recorded 17 outs by position players, and always seemed to make a big one when needed. When playing third base Dino Boskovich made three plays, Jacob Johnson at shortstop made three, including one surperb throw back to first that back picked a runner rounding it on a base hit, and Center Fielder Ronnie Galosic caught one fly ball, threw out two Panthers trying to get to third, and made a spectacular behind the back catch while in a full sprint.
Offensively, both Ronnie Galosic and Ryan Stanovich collected two hits, with Stanovich getting two RBI's, including the game winner that scored Galosic. Other Pirates with hits today were Jacob Johnson and Robert Villela.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: RONNIE GALOSIC AND RYAN STANOVICH
Game 20 - April 17, 2009
PIRATES LOSE TO SOUTH 13-7.
The San Pedro Pirates suffered from an 11 run first inning from the South offense and never could catch up in their 13-7 lose in the Redondo Tournament.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Game 21 - April 20, 2009
San Pedro takes down Narbonne in Marine League showdown 7-6.
The San Pedro Pirate baseball team fell behind early, but battled back to beat the Narbonne Gauchos 7-6 in their first Marine league match-up this season. The Pirates scored in the first inning when Ronnie Galosic led off the game with a double to center and he scored when Ryan Stanovich ground out to the Shortstop. The Pirates lead did not last long, as Narbonne tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a homerun to deep center. Narbonne scored three more in the bottom of the third, taking a 4-1 lead going into the 4th, and that was when the Pirates woke up and got things going. In the top of the 4th, Ernie Carillo got hit by the pitch, and after the next two batters made outs, Dino Boskovich walked, Ronnie Galosic doubled scoring both runners, Nick Synstelien singled home Galosic to tie the game, and Stanovich ended the inning by grounding to the second baseman. After Narbonne scored two of their own in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, the Pirates in the 5th scored two more Jimmy Cortez got a lead off double Ernie Carillo got hit by the pitch again, and Robert Villela double off the top of the right center field fence, scoring both runners to once again tie up the contest, now at 6-6. The Pirates rallied in the 6th to score another and take the lead for good 7-6, as as Jimmy Cortez hit a clutch single knocking in Daniel Banda who was running for Ryan Stanovich who got on after he was hit by the pitch.
On the mound for the Pirates, although not a perfect outing, Senior Jimmy Cortez battle and competed, allowing the Gauchos 6 runs on 6 hits while walking 7 and striking out 4. Jonathon Mata closed the game in the seventh, retiring all three batters faced in getting the save. Pirates with hits today included Galosic who was 3-4 with 2RBI, Synstelien 1-3 with an RBI, Jimmy Cortez who was 3-4 and an RBI, Jacob Johnson had a single, and Robert Villela who was 2-4 and 2 RBI.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: RONNIE GALOSIC, ROBERT VILLELA AND JIMMY CORTEZ
Game 22 - April 23, 2009
PIRATES LEAVE NO DOUBT IN 12-2 WIN OVER VISITING NARBONNE.
In today’s showdown for first place in the Marine League, the San Pedro Pirates baseball team left no doubt who the best team in the league as they hammered the visiting Gauchos from Narbonne 12-2 in a 6-inning mercy rule ended game. Narbonne started the day off right by putting up two quick runs in the top of the first when Marine League standout Juan Avila blasted a two run homerun off San Pedro's starter Jonathon Mata. That though would prove to be the only highlights for the Gauchos, as Mata settled only allowing Narbonne 4 more hits through the next 5 innings, and was in control walking four and striking out three.
On offense the Pirates had a very successful day as they collected 13 hits, and were led by Ernie Carillo who had 2 homeruns, two RBI's, a walk, and scored four times. Other Pirates who had big day's with multi-hit days on offense were Ryan Stanovich who had 3 hits with 3 RBI's, Ronnie Galosic who once again had a multi hit game as he collected 2 hits, a double, 2 walks, 3 RBI's and scored a run, Nick Synstelien who had 2 hits, 2 RBI and scored, Robert Villela who had 2 hits a walk and scored twice, and Dino Boskovich and Jacob Johnson also added a hit.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: RYAN STANOVICH AND JONATHON MATA
Game 23 - April 25, 2009
REDONDO OUT SLUGS SAN PEDRO 12-10 AT REDONDO.
It was a cold night at Redondo, and all the fans in attendance were thrilled to a game that had five lead changes, with Redondo on top in the end by a score of 12-10. It may have been the weather or playing under the lights, but San Pedro's pitching, defense as well as it's hitting were not as sharp as usual. Although the Pirate pitchers started innings off well, a simple walk or two and hit here and there opened the doors for big innings that Redondo seemed to always take advantage of.
Offensively the Pirates managed only six hits, with big one coming from the bat of Danny Matienzo who hit a deep homerun, a 2 run blast to left in the forth inning. Ronnie Galosic continued to get hits as he finished tonight with two more, and he also added an RBI. The other Pirates with hits tonight were Nick Synstelien who had a hit and an RBI, Robert Villela who had a double and 2 RBI, and Anthony Canjura who had a clutch 2 RBI double the fifth inning.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: ANTHONY CANJURA AND DANNY MATIENZO
Game 24 - April 27, 2009
PIRATES CRUISE TO 10-1 VICTORY OVER VISITING WASHINGTON.
Although the final score was no indication, the Washington Varsity baseball team actually kept today's Marine League 10-1 loss to San Pedro close. The Generals from Washington scored their only run in the first inning, but made several plays throughout the game that kept things close for the full 7-inning game. The Pirates managed only 8 hits, two from the bat of Ronnie Galosic, who also had 3 RBI's and scored twice, and a deep homerun to left center from the bat of Sophomore Nathan Etheridge, his first ever as a Pirate. The other Pirates with a hit today were Nick Synstelien (one and two RBI's), Ryan Stanovich (one hit and an RBI), Jimmy Cortez (one hit and an RBI), Jacob Johnson (a double), and Dino Boskovich.
Today's starting pitcher, Jimmy Cortez went 6 innings for the win, as Anthony Canjura pitched a solid last inning in relief.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Nathan Etheridge
Game 25 - April 29, 2009
SAN PEDRO TAKES IT TO WASHINGTON IN A 5 INNING 13-2 WIN AT THE COMPTON RBI COMPLEX .
The San Pedro Pirates had an easy day today as they cruised to an easy 13-1 victory over the Washington Generals. Twenty roster players got to see action, as the Pirate batters clubbed 14 hits, while the pitchers only gave up 5. The offense was led by multiple hit games by Ryan Stanovich (3-3 with an RBI and a run scored), Jimmy Cortez (2-2 with a HR, 3 RBI and a walk), and Dino Boskovich (2-3, a double with an RBI and a run scored). Other Pirates with a hit today were Ronnie Galosic, Nathan Etheridge, Jacob Maes, Ernie Carillo, Robert Villela, Danny Matienzo, and Jose Delgado.
Today's starting pitcher, Anthony Canjura pitched a solid 4 innings, walking 3 batters, striking out 3, while giving up 2 runs on five hits. Steve Posad pitched the final inning in relief.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: RYAN STANOVICH
Game 26 - May 2, 2009
PIRATES DROP A TOUGH LOSS 5-1 AT MIRA COSTA.
The San Pedro Pirates and the Mira Costa Spartan baseball teams were embraced in a pitching duel as they went to the bottom of the sixth inning tied 1-1. San Pedro's starter Matt Zuvich took the mound to start the sixth and struck out the first batter. Then though, he got into trouble when the next batter singled and he walked the next two to load the bases. With the bases loaded, the Pirates turned to Junior Jose Delgado to make his 2009 debut on the mound. Delgado got the first batter to pop a sacrifice fly to left field for the second out, and after he hit the next batter to load the bases, seemed to get out of the jam when the next Spartan pop up to right. Unfortunately, the ball was misplayed and dropped, as three more Spartans crossed the plate to blow open the game, and the Spartans took a 5-1 lead.
The Pirates wasted a good pitching performance today from Zuvich, as the Junior had his best effort of the year going 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. But as good as the pitching was today, the usually reliable and run producing Pirate offense, could muster only 1 run on three lone singles. The Pirate batters with a hit today were Ronnie Galosic, Nick Synstelien, and Jacob Johnson. Jose Delgado, who did make his first appearance on the mound in relief, went 1 2/3 innings allowing 1 un-earned run. The Pirates get back to work this week as they enter the final stretch of league play. This week they square off with Banning on Monday, Carson on Wednesday night, and Gardena on Friday.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: MATT ZUVICH
Game 27 - May 4, 2009
PILOTS AVOID SEASON SWEEP WITH 4-3 WIN OVER SAN PEDRO.
It was one of those typical hard nose Marine League battles today as San Pedro went in to try and complete a 3 game season sweep of Banning, only to have the Pilots deny them with a big 4-3 victory at home. The Pirates faced one of the league's best today in Banning pitcher Jonathon Hernandez, who was on his game, allowing the Pirates only 8 hits as he went the distance to get the win. The Pirates fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the second when after an error and a walk, San Pedro starter Jonathon Mata gave up consecutive singles that allowed Banning to take an early lead. The score remained that way until the fifth, as both teams continusly made great defensive plays behind their pitchers. The fifth inning though did see the Pirates rally and take a 3-2 lead when Danny Matienzo (1 for 2) and Robert Villela (1 for 3) both singled, and after a Dino Boskovich's sacrifice bunt, Ronnie Galosic (2 for 4 with 1 RBI) delivered a single that scored Matienzo. Next up was Nick Synstelien who laid down a perfect squeeze play that scored Villela, with the third run crossing the plate when Ryan Stanovich (3 for 3 and 1 RBI) followed and delivered a single that scored Galosic.
The Pirate lead and hopes of a sweep were quickly dashed in the bottom of the inning, as Banning rallied and took the lead for good. In the inning, Mata, who seemed to run out of gas, hit the first batter and then hung a fastball and the next batter promptly hit it over the left field fence for a two run homerun and a 4-3 Banning lead. Jose Delgado came in to relief Mata today, pitching a scoreless 1 2/3 innings.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: RYAN STANOVICH
Game 28 - May 6, 2009
PIRATES LOSE CONTROL OF GAME AND TITLE HOPES IN 11-6 LOSS AT CARSON.
The San Pedro Pirates usually reliable pitching, lost control on Wednesday and Carson took advantage in their 11-6 victory over the Pirates at Carson. Today's starter Jimmy Cortez and relief pitcher Dino Boskovich allowed 10 walks between them, with six of those runners eventually crossing home plate. As far as hits, Carson was able to bat around the ball pretty good too, getting 8 hits on the night, four going for extra base hits. On offense today for the Pirates, Jacob Johnson led the charge with two hits, a double and a triple. Other Pirates with hits today were Ronnie Galosic (Single and an RBI), Jimmy Cortez (a Triple), Ernie Carillo (a Double and an RBI), and Robert Villela (a Triple and scored twice).
Today's loss, coupled with Narbonne’s win now puts Narbonne with a one game lead with three to play. The two teams square off on Monday, which now is leaning towards a showdown for the Marine League title.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: JACOB JOHNSON
Game 29 - May 8, 2009
CORTEZ MISSES WINDOWS AND HITS ROOF IN 6-1 VICTORY OVER GARDENA.
Despite the threats of litigation from the owner of the apartments beyond right field, Thursday morning the LA School board gave their approval for the San Pedro Varsity to play their remainder of their games, including today's "Senior Day", at their home field. That being said, it was only right that Senior Varsity slugger, Jimmy Cortez, showed everyone what home field advantage was when he clubbed his 10th Homer of the year in the 4th inning not through any windows across the street, but on top of the roof. Cortez led the Pirates as he went 2-2, had a double and the homerun, 2RBI, a walk, and scored three times. Today's victory, coupled with Narbonne’s win today against Carson, now sets up the Marine League championship showdown on Monday, with the two teams facing off at Narbonne. To win the title though, San Pedro must find it's bats that seemed to have disappeared. Other then Cortez, the only other Pirates with a hit today were Dino Boskovich, who does have a hot bat and was 3-3 today with an RBI, and Jose Delgado who singled.
On the mound today, Anthony Canjura went 5 innings in picking up the win, while giving up no runs on only three hits. Steve Posad went the last two for the save, allowing one run on three hits.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: JIMMY CORTEZ AND DINO BOSKOVICH
Game 30 - May 11, 2009
NARBONNE CAPTURES MARINE LEAGUE CROWN WITH 11-8 WIN OVER SAN PEDRO.
The Marine League title was decided today at Narbonne when the home team Gauchos scored 11 runs, while holding San Pedro to 8. The Pirates did their best to try and mount a comeback as they scored 5 in the last two at bats, only to come up short when the game ended as their runner got thrown out at third while trying to advance on a infield pop-up error by the Gauchos. The win gives the Gauchos the league title and now the best the Pirates can hope for is a second place league finish. Jimmy Cortez, Ernie Carillo and Danny Matienzo all had two hits today, with Cortez and Carillo both getting doubles. Robert Villela singled and scored three times, while Dino Boskovich went 1-2 and 3 RBI, and Jacob Johnson and Chris Costa both added a single.
Jonathon Mata started on the mound today, and cruised through the first three, giving up only one run. That though is when the cruising ended, and the trouble began. The Pirates took a 3-1 forth inning lead, and then Mata took the mound and walked the first three batters to begin the bottom of the forth, and after a single, a pop out, another walk, a hit and then Juan Avila's 3rd Homerun against the Pirates this year, Mata was removed from the game trailing 7-1. Jimmy Cortez relieved Mata, but did not fair much better going only 2/3 of an inning, walking 3 while giving up 3 runs. Jose Delgado closed the game for the Pirates giving up 1 run in the last 1 2/3 inning.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: DINO BOSKOVICH
Game 31 - May 13, 2009
PIRATES ESCAPE WITH 3-2 WIN IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME.
The Washington Generals came to San Pedro Wednesday and almost walked away with their biggest win of the year. The game came down to one single play, a play that was the difference between a win and a loss. The Generals went into the bottom of the seventh with a 2-0 lead; three outs from pulling off the big win. In the seventh, the Pirates first hitter Ernie Carillo singled to start the inning off right. Robert Villela followed and was hit by the pitch, and Danny Matienzo then came through with a single and RBI, making the score 2-1. Following a sacrifice that loaded the bases, the next Pirate struck out, leaving the team on the ropes, and two outs away from a devastating loss. The next batter was Nick Synstelien, who grounded to short that appeared to be a game ending double play. Instead of it being routine, the tying run crossed the plate as Nick beat out throw and was safe at first, and then the first baseman lost control of the ball that allowed the winning run to cross the plate. Pirates win, but how ugly of a win it was.
No Pirate had more then one hit today, as they collected only six as a team. On the mound, in his first start of the year, Jacob Johnson pitched five innings, holding the Generals to two runs on two hits as he walked five and struck out ten. Anthony Canjura pitched the final two innings and picked up the win, allowing only one hit, no walks, while striking out two. Today's win marked the 375th career win for coach Bobby Ramirez.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: JACOB JOHNSON
Game 32 - May 20, 2009
SAN PEDRO ENDS SEASON WITH 7-3 PLAYOFF LOSS AT GARFIELD.
The San Pedro Pirate Varsity baseball season ended today the same frustrating way is has been for them over the last three weeks of their 32 game season. This year's team will certainly go down as a very talented group that never seemed to reach their potential. In today's final loss at Garfield, the Pirates were held to a mere 4 hits, and never rallied to put together any big threats.
Jonathon Mata started on the mound today, but lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Mata was not sharp, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits while allowing 4 walks. Jimmy Cortez came in for relief and pitched the rest of the way well, but the damage already done by Garfield was enough, because the Pirate offense never woke up. Garfield scored two runs in each of their first three innings, taking a 6-0 lead before the Pirates even got on the board. Trailing 6-0, the Pirates got on the board in the fourth scoring two times when Ryan Stanovich and Jimmy Cortez both get hits, and Jacob Johnson grounded out but drove in a run. The fifth inning could have been a big one too, but after Robert Villela singled, the Coaches chose to put in a pinch runner, who instead of standing on third following Danny Matienzo's single to right, he hesitated, and then ran, getting thrown out at third easily. The next batter, Dino Boskovich hit a hard ball misplayed by the shortstop, so instead of two runs crossing the plate on the hit ball and a runner still on with no outs, the Pirates only score one run on the play, killing any momentum that they had mounted. To sum it up, the 2009 season was a very frustrating year, to say the least!