AMERICAN CANYON – The Vintage High baseball team wasn’t perfect against American Canyon like Miramonte had been two days before, but the Crushers got the job done against the young but hungry Wolves in a 5-1 victory.
No Crushers (2-0) had more than one hit against American Canyon’s starting pitcher, junior Andy Pitt, nor reliever, freshman Jordan Fisher. While the Wolves turned one double play behind Pitt, Vintage turned three double plays behind starting pitcher Gunner DeYoung and reliever Marek Codron.
“They play in business-like fashion and keep grinding, and Gunner was a perfect example,” Crushers head coach Rich Anderson said. “He didn’t have his best stuff today. He had four walks and hit two guys, but I thought he threw well other than that. They’d get guys on, we’d make plays behind him, and he’d put his head down and kept going forward.
“This game was guys showing what our identity is going be. If we’re just going to be straightforward and attack it and not be emotional, which has happened the last two days, it should be pretty nice.”
Max Phipps was 1 for 4 with a triple and two runs, Jason Brandow went 1 for 4 with an RBI double, walk and run, Troy Ghisletta was 1 for 2 with an RBI single, Ronny Porter went 1 for 3 with an RBI single, Felix Ortiz was 1 for 3 with a run, Luke Leachman went 1 for 2 with a walk, Jaime Hernandez walked and scored, and Davide Migotto walked.
American Canyon (0-2) got triples from Cameron Peters (1 for 1, two walks) and Elijah DeGuzman (1 for 2, run) and singles from Fisher (1 for 3, walk) and Jimmy Larson (1 for 3). Caleb Vallejo and Larson were each hit by a pitch, and Freddy Tenbrink and Nick Countouriotis each drew a walk.
The Crushers were coming off Tuesday’s 12-4 rout at Maria Carrillo.
“We weren’t as offensive as we were yesterday, but we scored when we needed to and got good pitching,” Anderson said. “Marek Codron is a little sinker-baller reliever and he pitched a lot for us last year and did a good job. Zach Geary stepped up and pitched well for us yesterday. Eli Wood started (Tuesday) but he was up in the pitch count – he threw 61 pitches, which is not ideal – but Zach came in and finished it off.”
The Crushers are scheduled to host Vanden on Tuesday to begin a three-game week, before heading into Monticello Empire League play.
The Wolves were coming off Monday’s 12-0 home loss to Miramonte in which the Matadors’ pitcher didn’t allow a baserunner, tossing a perfect game.
“Both teams we played this week were good. We’re super young and our inexperience shows,” American Canyon head coach Matt Brown said. “But today’s game was closer than the score would indicate. Even the game on Monday, even though the box score was obviously heavily in Miramonte’s favor, there were a few miscues and we walked too many people. Our pitching was much better today, so that’s a plus, and the bats are starting to come around. The kids have energy, but it might take them a little longer to get going. We’re aware of it and we’re embracing it.
“One thing we talked about after Monday’s game was that it would be a tragedy if we had just played our best game and only gotten worse from there, but we have to build. Vintage is obviously a quality team and I think we built on what we said we were going to build on Monday, as far as pitching and having better bats. I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
If the Wolves’ scheduled game Friday at Rodriguez is rained out, Brown said they will likely play it on Monday – if not at Rodriguez then on the synthetic turf at Yarbrough Field in Laurel Creek Park.