The Aptos Mariners made a huge statement on Tuesday afternoon with a 4-3 win over the first place St. Francis Central Coast Catholic Sharks.
The Sharks made a final attack in the seventh, but they came up just one run short of the tie to force extras.
Steve Eichhorn pitched a solid complete game for the Mariners. He gave up six hits, three runs and one walk. He struck out five Sharks on the day.
The Sharks jumped out to a slim 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Mariners responded by scoring four runs in the fourth off of St. Francis starting pitcher Jonathan Carmona. It was Carmona’s final inning as Joshua Rodriguez came in to close the game.
The Sharks are now in a 9-2 tie with the Soquel Knights for first place in the SCCAL. They have a date with the Knights this Friday for the number one seed in the SCCAL playoffs that start next week.
The Mariners will finish up the season with a game against the San Lorenzo Valley Cougars on Friday and a friendly against the Gilroy Mustangs on Saturday.
Watsonville 10, Alvarez 2:
The Watsonville Wildcatz improved their MBL record and their CCS playoff resume with a shellacking of the Everett Alvarez Eagles on Wednesday afternoon at Everett Alvarez High School.
Every Watsonville hitter on the lineup card had a hit, and they combined for 14 on the day.
Chris Rivera was the winning pitcher and he allowed four hits in his seven inning complete game. He also threw nine strikeouts.
Rivera had a good game with the bat as well. He finished 2-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs. Rex Gomez went 3-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Noah Barto added a run and a RBI.
The Wildcatz are rolling on a four game winning streak and will travel to Seaside on Wednesday. The Catz are 2-0 this season against the Spartans, beating them earlier this year in a two-game series. If the Catz win on Wednesday they will take complete control of second place in the MBL Pacific.
Track and Field
Watsonville and Pajaro Valley: It was a record setting day for both Wildcatz and Grizzlies at the MBL trials in Watsonville on Tuesday afternoon.
Brianna Cueva still managed to steal the show even on a day that was dominated by the junior varsity. She broke her own record in the shot put by launching it 40-0.5, her previous best was 39-8. She also broke her record in the discus with a throw of 137-1 beating her previous record of 136-7.
Pajaro Valley’s Dyani Jacobo beat her record in the triple jump that she set last week. She jumped 36-7 putting her in the CCS top five in the event.
Kasem Green and Raymond Silver came in first in the triple jump and long jump respectively.
Green had a jump of 42-5.25 in the triple and Silver had a jump of 20 even.
Silver also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Sonya Cervantes just missed first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.08, and she came in third place in the long jump.
Graham Foster came in first place in the 400-meter dash, just edging out second place by .04. His final time was 52.89.
These athletes will compete at the MBL finals on Friday at Gilroy High School.
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