Ojai Optical looking at first
in softball play
by Missy Hinks
In what could be the pivotal game of the season, Ojai Optical
claimed victory over Ryan's Feed, to snatch the top spot. The
Optical group held Ryan's for the first two innings, but allowed
nine runs in the third and fourth, to tie the game, 9-9. Defenses
for both teams held the other scoreless until the top of the
seventh when Optical's shortstop, John Lowe singled in teammate
Joey Vega, and crossed the plate. With a two-run lead, Optical
was able to shut down Ryan's in the bottom of the seventh. The
final score was Ojai Optical 11, Ryan's Feed 9. The big batters
for Ojai Optical were John Cabral two for two with a walk, sacrifice,
single, a long home run to right field, and two RBIs. For Ryan's:
Steve Wilson went two for three with a single and a triple and
one RBI. Rick Gibson went three for three with two singles and
a double, scoring twice.
Ojai Optical also edged out Pat's Liquor/Frank's Rooter Service,
26-23. Optical jumped out to an early 11-run lead through the
first three innings. Pat's rallied in the fourth, scoring nine
to bring Optical within sight. Down by seven in the final inning,
Pat's battled back, going through their line-up, but fell three
runs short of catching the Optical group. The big batters for
Optical were lead-off John Lowe, who went five for five with
five singles. Jayden Morrison was three for four with a double,
two home runs and nine RBIs. For Pat's Liquor/Frank's Rooter
Service, Chuck Fallbrock batted a single and two long center
field home runs and five RBIs. Mike Herman batted two singles
and a left field home run. He added three RBIs as well, as Bobby
Lang hit two singles and a double.
In the most heated game of the season, Oak View Outlaws dealt
a crushing blow to Ryan's Feed. After four innings of play,
Ryan's was up by six runs. Outlaws pounded the ball for the next
three innings to gain a one-run lead in the top of the seventh.
Oak View made quick work of Ryan's last three batters, starting
with their lead-off, batting out of order, and critical 6-3,
1-3 put-outs to seal the win. The final score was Outlaws 17,
Ryan's Feed 16. The win makes the Outlaws tied for fourth, and
sends Ryan's into a tie for second. The top batters for the Outlaws
were Ron Acosta and Jamie Lagos both batting a perfect four for
four with three singles, one double, each with four RBIs, and
J.J. Lagos slamming a solo home run to left center to contribute
a run. For Ryan's Feed: Mike McGraw batted two for four with
two singles, one RBI, Matt Salmons hit two for three with a single,
double, scoring twice.
Andria's Seafood takes two to stay in the hunt, tied for second
place. Andria's scored early on Wolfpack and held the lead
throughout the game. Wolfpack had a team rally in the seventh,
batting through their line up, and scoring four, to bring the
final tally, Andria's 15, Wolfpack 9. The top batters for Andria's
Seafood were Dave Allen batting three for three with a sacrifice,
single, double, home run, five RBIs, Brian Edwards hitting three
for four with two singles, one double, scoring three times.
The top batters for Wolfpack were Garry Bird hitting four for
four with four singles, two RBIs, Billy Brocamonte batting two
for four with two singles, scoring twice.
The big batter for the Ojai Valley Community Church was lead
off batter Rodger Herman hitting three for four with three singles.
League play continues with a double elimination tournament.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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