Woodbridge pulls one out over Irvine
Warriors scored two runs in the seventh to win PCL game over Irvine, 6-5. For game action, please click on the photo.
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By TIM BURT / The Orange County Register
Irvine (4-10, 1-6) took advantage of two errors in the top of the seventh and RBI triples by Cole Moeller and Nick Lockwood to score three runs and go ahead, 5-4.
Brandon Smith of Woodbridge beats the throw back to first and the tag by first baseman Nick Lockwood.
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But in the bottom of the inning, Woodbridge (6-7, 3-4) cashed in four Irvine errors to win it.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Connor Rogers delivered a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Cameron MacKenzie. Sam Lemmon, seeing that the ball had been dislodged from the Irvine catcher, also came racing in to score the game-winner.
"That's baseball, you're going to see stuff like that happen," said Woodbridge Coach Tim Murray. "It just all seemed to happen in the last inning."
Lemmon made the biggest play when he scored on the fly ball from second base.
"Lemmon read it on his own," Murray said. "We teach our kids to be aggressive and in the last inning, we had a couple times where we were aggressive on defense and it hurt us a little, but I still believe that this game has to be played being aggressive."
It was a heartbreaking loss for Irvine, which was trying to win its second game in a row over Woodbridge after winning Tuesday's game, 2-1.
"We've just got to learn how to win," Irvine Coach Keith Szczudlak said. "Hats off to Woodbridge, they took advantage of mistakes. We did a great job of coming back in the seventh, we've just got to learn how to close it out, that's the next step."
The game was tied, 2-2, going into the bottom of the fifth inning before MacKenzie hit a two-run home run, his first of the year.
MacKenzie also pitched the first 6 2/3 innings before giving way to Brandon Smith. MacKenize had two outs in the top of the seventh but an error allowed Irvine's Sean Toma to reach on an error and extend the inning. Smith (1-1) got the victory.
Alex Franklin started on the mound for Irvine, before being relieved by Raz Bracha in the fifth inning. Ben Kessler came on to pitch in the seventh but was victimized by poor defense as the first three Woodbridge batters reached on errors.
"This game is full of adversity," Murray said. "Irvine has played us as good as any team we've seen all year and they're doing a great job. They (Irvine) were down two runs with two outs, but it was nice to see our kids fight back."
MacKenzie led Woodbridge with two hits and two RBI. Anthony Torralba and Takumi Usui also had RBI on sacrifice flies for the Warriors.
Moeller had two RBI to lead Irvine's eight hit attack. Jake Garmon had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Irvine and A.B. Blanchet doubled, scored two runs and had two stolen bases.
The Vaqueros stranded seven runners and had five errors in the game.
Both teams had eight hits.
Warriors top T'Wolves, 6-3
Cameron Mackenzie goes the distance for Woodbridge. For a look at game action, please click on the photo.
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Senior right-hander Cameron Mackenzie came through, pitching a complete game in the Warriors 6-3 win over Northwood at Northwood.
Anthony Torralba of Woodbridge scores from second on an error in the seventh inning to put the Warriors ahead, 4-3 as Northwood catcher Michael Tran waits for the throw.
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Mackenzie (3-1) scattered six hits and struck out six and was supported by an eight-hit attack.
Northwood first baseman Alex King tagged Mackenzie for a three-run home run in the first inning to put the Timberwolves ahead, 3-2.
But Mackenzie blanked the Timberwolves (6-4, 3-2) the rest of the way.
"Alex King is a great hitter and he made one mistake to a really great hitter and usually it doesn't cost you three runs but we had a walk and a catcher's interference before that," Woodbridge Coach Tim Murray said.
"Cameron MacKenzie is as good as it comes in this league and every time he's on the mound, he gives us a chance to win, and that's what you appreciate about a kid like that. He competes."
Woodbridge (5-6, 2-3) trailed, 3-2, before tying the game in the sixth inning. Connor Rogers drove home Mbusi Hlatshwayo with a sacrifice fly.
Then in the top of the seventh inning, Anthony Torralba led off with a double down the left field line. He came home when Brandon Smith reached on an error. The Warriors then scored two more runs, one coming on a sacrifice fly by Sam Lemmon.
Chad Jacob, who had reached on a walk, scored all the way from first base on an errant pick-off throw which went all the way down the right field line, for the other run.
"It was nice to see us compete today," Murray said. "I thought the game in the seventh was decided by our number nine hitter, Anthony Torralba.
"When the No.9 hitter can come up like that in a tie ballgame, that's big."
In the bottom of the inning, Mackenzie blanked the Timberwolves to earn the win.
It ended a frustrating afternoon for Northwood which stranded seven runners in the last six innings and made three errors in the game.
"They just out-competed us the whole game from the first pitch," Northwood Coach Rob Stuart said. "Give them credit, they played great and we flat-out got beat. I thought our pitchers threw great. Good for them, they came out and got a win that they needed to win.
"It really was a must-win for us. Every one is a must-win. It's a baseball game and you want to do things better. We got out-played and out-coached. They played better than we did."
Torralba had two hits and scored a run and Smith scored two runs for the Warriors.
Jack Pabich (2-1) pitched the first six innings for Northwood before being relieved by King.
Horth, Wylly, Leitao, and Smith make baseball award teams
2011 Irvine World News All-City baseball team
MVP: James Kaprielian, Beckman
P: Chad Rieser, Beckman
P: Steven Whisler, Northwood
P: Jordan Scheftz, University
IF: Ian Barwick, University
IF: Justin Gisch, Northwood
IF: Joppi Martin, University
IF: Zack Rivera, Beckman
IF: Brennan Leitao, Woodbridge
IF: Eric Winslow, Northwood
OF: Ben Wylly, Woodbridge
OF: Brandon Horth, Woodbridge
OF: Spencer Ludin, Beckman
OF: Brandon Smith, Woodbridge
C: Justin Hazard, Beckman
2011 ALL CIF SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL TEAMS
Presented by the LA84 Foundation
(As selected by CIF-SS Baseball Coaches’ Association)
Player of the year: James Kaprielian, Beckman (11)
Coach of the Year: Kevin Lavalle, Beckman
Ryan Barker 11 Lancaster
Jakari Bass 12 Lancaster
Andy Crowley 12 San Gorgonio
Justin Garza 11 Bonita
Matt Gelalich 12 Bonita
David Herd 12 Paloma Valley
Brandon Horth 12 Woodbridge
Brennan Leitao 12 Woodbridge
Joppi Martin 12 University
Kenny Mathews 12 Diamond Bar
Ryan Mulvihill 12 Culver City
Tyler Rich 11 Colton
Chad Rieser 12 Beckman
Zack Rivera 11 Beckman
Timmy Robinson 11 Ocean View
OBryan Sanchez 12 Whittier
Jack Sheeley 12 Quartz Hill
Chance Sisco 10 Temescal Canyon
Kory Weeks 12 Rancho Alamitos
Frankie Wright 12 Alhambra
Juan Crespo, Alhambra
Robert Mier, Bonita
Ruben Rios, Cajon
Will Morrow, Corona del Mar
Brian Ford, Corona del Mar
Tyler Atkinson, Culver City
Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch
Victor Garcia, El Rancho
Nick Vasquez, El Rancho
Michael Chavez, Loara
Kyle Peck, Los Altos
Giovanni Morales, Los Altos
Anthony Millan, Montebello
Robert Fogerty, Ocean View
Jerry Keel, Palmdale
Jay Sheeley, Quartz Hill
Andrew Rabiej, Quartz Hill
Jim Roll, Rancho Alamitos
David Robles, Rialto
Juan Rocha, San Gorgonio
Josh Tomazin, Temescal Canyon
Ayrton Costa, Temescal Canyon
Ben Wylly, Woodbridge