SALINAS – After a narrow one-run seventh-inning victory in its
Tri-County Athletic League opener last Tuesday, the Gilroy High
baseball team made sure it didn’t leave any room for doubt in its
second TCAL outing of the season, wiping out host Alisal 14-3 on
Saturday in Salinas.
SALINAS – After a narrow one-run seventh-inning victory in its Tri-County Athletic League opener last Tuesday, the Gilroy High baseball team made sure it didn’t leave any room for doubt in its second TCAL outing of the season, wiping out host Alisal 14-3 on Saturday in Salinas.
A first inning 2-run homerun by sophomore Bubu Garcia, ignited the offensive rockets, which landed sky high to the tune of 23 hits in the game for the Mustangs.
Despite the quick start in their half of the first, manager Johnny Ramirez, who has preached consistency and fundamentals since the first day of practice, wasn’t too please with the letdown the Mustangs exhibited in the Trojans’ bottom half of the inning.
“We started kind of sloppy. I was kind of worried at first,” Ramirez said. “We still have to improve on the little things. The first inning mistakes can come back and haunt us.”
The Trojans scored all of their runs in that bottom of the first, though all of them were unearned as a result of two GHS fielding errors.
Starting pitcher Eric Brolin and the defense settled down after the shaky start. Brolin tossed eight strikeouts in his four innings of work with just one walk and three hits. Thomas Harrington pitched the final three innings, logging five punch outs and four walks.
Matt Elston had a perfect day at the plate for the Mustangs, going 4 for 4 with a pair of singles and doubles and two RBI. Brent Newton also had a clean record at the dish with a 3 for 3 effort, and Garcia and Taylor Chris had three hits apiece. Eric Vegas, Jordan Dexter and Neal Dinsmore contributed two hits each.
“It was one of those games where I knew we could win,” Ramirez said. “I don’t know if the game started too early or what. But they woke up.”
The Mustangs have a make –up game against Salinas today at 4 p.m. in Salinas. The game was originally scheduled for last Friday, but postponed due to weather. Alisal comes to Gilroy on Tuesday and the week closes out with a home date against Palma on Friday.