WATSONVILLE — The Santa Cruz American 9-10 All-Stars scored three early runs and that’s all they would need to hold off the Watsonville American 9-10 All-Stars and given them their second loss of pool B play by the score of 3-2 on Monday night in Watsonville.
“It was just a little early game jitters,” said Watsonville American coach Gavino Mosqueda. “We kicked the ball around a little bit, and give them a couple of runs. We settled down, but their pitching was good.”
The SC American All-Stars were able to score the games first run in the start, and then add on two more in the second to raise their lead to three.
Watsonville American was able to score one run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to two, but their bats were shut down for most of the game.
“We just didn’t string enough hits together,” said Mosqueda. “We had a few, but not enough to get some runs across.”
They were able to smack five hits in the entirety of the game.
Starting pitcher Ivan Ceja gave way to Ruben De La Torre in the start of the fourth inning. The reliever, who was playing catcher before, allowed only two hits in three innings work, and tallied four strikeouts.
“After Ruben came in and he shut them down,” said Mosqueda. “I thought we still had a chance. It was just too little too late I guess.”
With the Watsonville American All-Stars losing in blowout fashion 17-3 to the Aptos All-Stars on Saturday Monday’s was thought of as a must win game in order to stay in contention in the pool B play for the championship round. Now with Monday’s loss they will have to beat Live Oak on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and hope that Aptos beats both Live Oak and Santa Cruz American in the coming days.
“We felt like it was must win,” said Mosqueda. “We play Live Oak on Friday, but we figured that you have to win two to move on.”
After SC American scored their third run of the game the Watsonville American All-Stars were able to also get on the board. Johnathon Cardenas was able to get on base through a SC error and he saw his way around the bases via two wild pitches. Then Ceja followed up Cardenas by getting on with an error of his own. The error allowed Cardnenas to come home and score on a close play at the plate.
Both teams were silent for the rest of the game until the final inning where it was do-or-die for Watsonville.
Jarred Martinez was able to get on through a walk, and then he stole second base with De La Torre at the plate. Martinez was able to score, but there was no magical comeback for Watsonville on Monday and SC improved to 1-1 in pool B play.
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