Ojai Sports comes out of rut for two-game
By Misty Volaski
The following are the results
of Division III softball at Sarzotti Park:
Diamond Dogs, 11
T.A.C.T. came out big, scoring nine runs in the first two innings
to the Dogs' two. However the Dogs pulled off a tie by the fifth
inning, at 10-10, but T.A.C.T. put in some extra oomph in the
sixth to bring their score to 13.
Jesus Carbajal and Mike Hollebrands gave the Dogs a boost with
their perfect two for two and three for three performances on
the day. However, Rusty Wear's triple and John Elom's precision
batting brought T.A.C.T. to the top of the game.
Oak View Outlaws, 16
Valley Builders, 7
OVO didn't break any laws when they played the Builders, but
they stull came away with a huge win over the Valley Builders,
16-7. By the third inning their dominance was made obvious by
the scoreboard, which read Outlaws, 11, Builders, 4. Though the
Builders made a few last-ditch efforts at runs, OVO sealed the
win with five runs in the fifth to bring their score to 16.
Valley Builders, 14
The Builders again faced a loss later on in the weekend, though
this time by much less.
The Valley Builders were led by Chad Regan, whose single, two
home runs and three RBIs brought brought his team close to TTM
- but not close enough. Rick Frash also contributed a two for
three at-bat as well as two singles. Steve Arenson made the difference
for TTM when he went three for five with a double, a home run
and two RBIs on the day. He was assisted by Cliff Hiroshima,
who went four for five - all of which were singles - and drove
a teammate home.
TTM seemed to be the comeback kids, letting the Valley Builders
catch the lead twice before smashing them down with four runs
in the third and five in the fifth. The result? Though the Builders
crossed home plate four times in the seventh, TTM still led by
one for the win.
Diamond Dogs, 18, TTM, 11
The Diamond Dogs came out of the rut T.A.C.T. had put them in
earlier and triumphed over TTM, 18-11. Again, it was Arneson
who led TTM, with a single, a double, a another home run and
two RBIs. Hiroshima tripled three times at bat.
Kevin Cox brought a teammate home off one of his three singles
- Nick Adams mimicked him with a similar two doubles and one
RBI. Cox was also on top defensively, making key catches in left
field for the Dogs.
Valley Builders, 10
Diamond Dogs, 9
In another close match-up, the Builders squeezed out a win over
the Dogs, 10-9. With ties in both the first and fifth innings,
the game looked like it might go into overtime. However, it was
the Builders who snagged a run in the bottom of the seventh for
Once again, Cox was on top for the Dogs with two singles, while
Dog Nick Adams had the same, and added two RBIs, as well.
Builder John Rice pulled off a single, a double and an RBI, while
Rick Alexander went two for three with two singles.
Ojai Sports, 15
Oak View Outlaws, 13
Ojai Sports seemed to get its winning power back after several
weeks in the slow lane as they outplayed the Outlaws, 15-13.
Sportster Mark Weedon had a perfect three-for-three day with
two singles and a triple, while teammate Jamie Lagos stole the
limelight, going two for three with a double, a home run and
On the other side, Ray Fraser singled twice and had an RBI and
a sacrifice run. Mike Molina had a similar day, with one single
a home run and a teammate driven home. Though the Outlaws led
in the sixth, Ojai Sports' five-run performance in the seventh
gave them the two-run win.
Ojai Sports, 10, T.A.C.T., 6
Ojai Sports added another win to their record later that day
as Sports players and store co-owners Weedon and Rick Vogel dominated
the field. The majority of T.A.C.T.'s runs came in the first
inning, but by the bottom of the second Ojai Sports had already
found the lead and kept it for the rest of the contest.
Oak View Outlaws, 10
Oak View enjoyed a day of easy runs against T.A.C.T., whose lone
run came in the third inning. Outlaws Gary Jones, J.J. Lagos
and Rick Cruz led the team with a combined three RBIs and a near-perfect
performance at bat. Cruz connected on all three at-bats, while
Jones went three for four and Lagos made only one out. The game
was slow until the top of the seventh, when the Outlaws ripped
into T.A.C.T. with six more runs.
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