The Oceanside High School varsity baseball team opened Avocado League East play with a tough three-game series against Vista. Missing three starter because of injury forced the Pirates to continue its youth movement with mixed results.
Here are the highlights:
GAME 1 VISTA 13 OHS 0
The Pirates limped into the league opener with three starters out due to injury and struggled as the Panthers took advantage of seven errors by the revamped defense to score 10 unearned runs. OHS could only managed three hits and just got one runner as far as second base.
GAME 2 VISTA 6 OHS 4
Injuries once again caused a late pitching change, the Panthers stung the Pirates for four early runs. The Pirates battled back to cut the deficit to two runs in the seventh, but a double play with the tying run at the plate ended the game. Ronnie Harris pace the Oceanside attack with three singles and a walk. David Gonzalez doubled and singled and drove in a pair. Sammy Jimenez’s triple plated two more. Bryon Fredrikson and Ronnie Harris eached pitched three innings of effective relief.
GAME 3 OHS 8 VISTA 5
The Pirates cut down the Panthers 8-5 to take the final game of the series. Once again the Pirates where forced to go with an emergency starting pitcher due to injury, but Cannon Belew, Byron Fredrikson, and Sammy Jimenez were up to slowing the Panthers’ down after they raced to an early 4-0 lead. Fredrikson picked up the win in relief while Jimenez recorded the save. The Pirate bats came alive with two runs in the first, one in the third, and five in a big fifth inning. Ronnie Harris once again paced the Pirates with a perfect 4-4 day with a stolen base and two runs scored. Jimenez contributed two RBI with a single while Jeremiah Goodwin and Nate Wardinsky each chipped in critical base hits to the Pirate comeback. Vika Faasua was welcomed back to the lineup after a two week absence due to injury and contributed an RBI