WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley 9-10 year old All-Stars were given their second loss in pool A play as San Lorenzo Valley used an eight-run inning to come out on top 9-7 on Monday night in Watsonville.
After losing to the Scotts Valley All-Stars in a 10-0 four inning lopsided game, the PV All-Stars were desperate for a win to stay alive.
And early in the game it showed.
The PV All-Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first three innings, with two runs coming in the first, to take early control of the game.
The lead was shorted lived however, as the momentum, and the bats, swung in facvor of the SLV All-Stars in the home fourth. The Entire Scotts Valley line up saw the plate during the rally and they scored a whopping eight runs to take the five-run lead.
The PV All-Stars were able to put up three runs in the next inning, but it was too little too late.
“We were confident,” PV All-Star coach Rob Dithlevsen said. “We knew we could comeback. We had been in those situations all year long. We just fell a little short.”
And now they might just fall short of the championships round even if they win their last two games.
The loss put them into last place at 0-2 in pool A play with a game coming against the 0-1 Capitola/Soquel All-Stars on Thursday at 7:30 at Pajaro Valley Little League. The PV All-Stars will have to win both of their final two games and hope they get help from other teams if they want to move on to the four-team final.
“We’re looking forward to Thursday now,” said Dithlevsen. We have a resilient group of kids, and we’ll have to have a good game then and go from there.”
Robbie Dithlevsen started the game off strong for the PV All-Stars with a double, and Luke Keyschall, who started on the mound, followed up with a walk to set up Donovan Mendoza. Mendoza sent a pitch on a deep journey to the outfield to bring in both of his teammates and take the 2-0 lead.
Mendoza ended up coming home on a wild pitch in the third inning to extend the lead to three. He was able to get on base through a single and made his way through the bags on a steal and two wild pitches.
Keyschall pitched 4 innings and went into the fourth inning with a no-hitter before the SLV All-Stars were able to finally able to make contact on his pitches. They were helped by a few errors from his defense during the eight-run rally.
PV All-Stars were able to make a small comeback in the fifth scoring three runs to trim the lead to three. After a Nathaniel Brouse double, Keyschall was able to scamper around the bases for an inside-the-park two-run homer. Mendoza quickly got on base with a triple and was later brought home by Marcus Hernandez for the final run of the inning.
SLV scored once more in the bottom of the fifth, and stopped PV’s rally in the final inning to win the game and improve to 2-0 in pool A play.
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