By Michael Ragovin
Effective pitching, timely hitting and good defense allowed the La Jolla Country Day School Torreys to beat The Rock Academy Warriors, 2-0, in a baseball game at Country Day on May 1.
The Torreys had only two runs, but made them count. Their pitching shut The Rock down allowing only four hits and no runs.
In the top half of the first, The Rock went down in order striking out twice and grounding out to second base. The bottom of the first began with shortstop Tom Edman grounding out to first. The pitcher, Alfonso Rivas, walked and promptly stole second.
Left fielder Dustin Hughes struck out and first baseman Nate Michalski was thrown out at first. The Torreys had no runs, no hits and one runner left on base.
The Rock started the top of the second with a single to left on a one-ball, two-strike count. The following batter struck out. A single up the middle chased the runner on first to third and now there were runners on first and third with one out. Rivas walked the next batter, loading the bases.
The runner from third was tagged out at home when the batter missed a bunt and the inning ended with a fly ball to right.
Torrey designated hitter, Brandon Wachs, was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the second. Right fielder Chris Bee grounded to the pitcher, who threw to second, getting the runner from first. That left a runner on first with one out. Bee then stole second and putting a runner on second. Country Day scored no runs and left another runner stranded so there was still no score.
The top of the third started with a strikeout and fly out to left. An error by first baseman followed by a single put runners on first and second with two outs. The Rock’s half of the third inning ended on a fly ball to center field. No runs and two left for The Rock in third.
The bottom of the third began with Keaton Weisz looking at a third strike. Edman then reached first on an error by the shortstop, stole second and immediately stole third putting a runner on third with one out. Rivas walked and stole second. This set the stage for Hughes to drive in two runs with a single. Edman scored from third and Rivas scored from second putting Country Day in the lead.
Hughes was caught stealing and Michalski grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning with the score Country Day 2, The Rock 0.
The top of the fourth was an easy inning for the Torreys as The Rock went in order with two ground outs and a strike out. Wachs led off the fourth for Country Day with a walk and stole second, again putting a runner in scoring position with less than two outs. The Torreys could not find a way to push across another run. A ground out, a strike out and a pop out to third ended the inning. Country Day still led 2-0.
In the top of the fifth for The Rock there was a single followed by two ground outs and a strike out. In the bottom half of the fifth Weisz lined out to right. Then the Torreys loaded the bases on a walk and two batters hit by a pitch but didn’t produce a run. The score remained 2-0.
In the top of the sixth the first batter for The Rock flied out to left. The next batter walked and was out attempting to steal second. A ground out to the pitcher ended the top of the sixth. Hughes led off for The Torreys in the bottom of sixth grounding out to second. The next batter walked and was caught in a run down trying to steal second. Two singles were followed by a fly ball to right ending the inning with score still 2-0.
In the top of the seventh Edman took the mound for Country Day and struck out the side, ending the game with the final score 2-0 Country Day.
Country Day scored two runs on three hits and left several runners on base. One hit certainly came at the right time and the other two did not effect the out come of the game. Leaving runners on base when playing very good teams could be very costly.