Fairfield Pacific opens Section 1 tourney with another comeback victory

By From page B4 | July 13, 2014

LARKSPUR — The 11- and 12-year-old Fairfield Pacific Little League All-Stars might as well have the nickname of the “comeback kids” as they beat Petaluma Valley 6-3 in the Section 1 Tournament, Saturday, after trailing 3-1 for four innings.

Pacific will face Mill Valley at 2 p.m. Sunday, at Joe Wagner Field at Twin Cities Little League. Mill Valley defeated Vacaville Central 13-12, Saturday.

After scoring one run in the top of the first, Pacific gave up two runs in the bottom-half of the inning and one more in the third, trailing 3-1.

Matthew Miranda started things off in the top of the sixth, drawing a four-pitch walk, while Mateo Ponce did the same thing two batters later. Cameron Martin then drew a full-count walk in an eight-pitch at-bat, loading the bases.

DJ Scott drew in the first run, getting hit by a pitch which plated Miranda. Carlvesi Light then hit a ball towards second base. The second baseman tried to get the force at home, but threw it wide, allowing Ponce and Martin to score.

CJ Laui hit a single up the middle that plated Scott, then Light scored on a single to right field from Mark Carnesecca.

Pacific manager Chris Gabbart said he was proud of how his team persevered and did not let themselves get down.

Light began the game but had to come out after 2 2-3 innings because of shoulder tightness. Logan Boothe pitched in relief, allowing one hit with no runs and one strikeout.

“Logan came in and did an incredible job,” Gabbart said. “He broke pitching down into its simplest form, throwing strikes and just letting (Petaluma Valley) hit the ball.”

Pacific finished 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth. A fly-ball to center, a ground ball out from short to first and a 3-2 fastball for the strikeout to complete yet another comeback.

Daily Republic staff


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