Pacifica, California – The Gems and Seagulls faced off in the first game of today’s double header in Pacifica, California. This was the fifth time the Gems and Seagulls have played this season, as the Seagulls have won all four of the previous matchups. Mason Hegenbart was that starting pitcher for the Gems, and Logan DeRosier starter for the Seagulls. The score was close throughout the entire game, as the Seagulls got the early lead. The Gems battled their way back to tie the game in the fifth inning, but the Seagulls were able to score a couple late runs to give them a 3-2 win.
The Seagulls got on the board in the third inning, when Jack Harris hit a high fly ball to the right center gap. Since there in no fence from right center to the right field foul pole at the field here in Pacifica, the ball continued to roll, as Harris circled the bases for an inside the park homerun.
The Gems were able to tie the game in the fifth inning, when Colin Cinkovich reached on an error, and Tim Frith was hit by a pitch. Nick Ono then followed with a single to left field to bring home Cinkovich to tie the game.
The Seagulls answered right back in the bottom half of the fifth. Ismael Orozco and Jake Ryan both reached by a walk and a hit by pitch. Joel Virshek then came into relief for Hegenbart with no outs, and two runners on. After Orozco got out on a fielder’s choice, Garrett Hiott singled to score Ryan to give the Seagulls a 2-1 lead.
The Seagulls added another run in the sixth, when Orozco hit a sac fly to right field to bring in Jared Bannister.
The Gems fought back in the seventh, as Brett Bloomfield and Tim Frith singled to put runners on first and third. Ono then hit a chopper to first, that was bobbled by the first baseman, which scored Bloomfield. The Gems weren’t able to get anything going after that, as they fell to the Seagulls, 3-2.
Logan DeRosier was the winner pitcher in game one, and Bridger Dauenhauer picked up the save for the Seagulls.
Pacifica, California – The Gems came into the second game of the day, as well as the series finale looking to avoid the sweep. The Gems sent their ace to the mound, as Jesse Hobaica looked to lead the Gems back to the win column.
The Gems got on the board in the first inning, when Brian Morley doubled down the left field line with two outs. Brendan Moore then hit a ground ball to short, but the Seagulls shortstop over threw first base, allowing Morley to score.
In the second inning, Colin Cinkovich hit a triple to left field. With the infield in, Nolan Baier hit a ground ball that got through the left side of the infield, which scored Cinkovich giving the Gems a 2-0 lead.
James Cullinane led off the bottom of the third with a walk for the Seagulls. Juan Reina then hit a two out double to left field, which allowed Cullinane to score.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Cullinane got the Seagulls going with a leadoff triple. The very next batter, Kai Haake then double to right center to score Cullinane, tying the game at 2.
In the top of the seventh, Brian Morley and Brendan Moore both singled two one out. Wes Carswell then hit a groundball that got through the right side to score Morley, giving the Gems a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom half of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Paul Murray drew a leadoff walk, and was replaced by Harry Hibberd as a pinch runner. Cullinane then sac bunted to move Hibberd into scoring position. Haake then hit a single up the middle, which brought home Hibberd, and Haake was able to move to second on the throw home. Pinch hitter, Ishmael Orozco then came into the game, and hit an RBI single up the middle to score Haake, giving them a 4-3 walk off win.