California rolls; Monessen bows again
The Trojans (3-0, 4-1) are lone unbeaten team in the section while Geibel fell to 2-2 (4-3 overall).
On Thursday, California used a huge sixth inning to pull away from the feisty Gators. California led 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth when the explosive Trojan bats erupted for five runs on six hits.
In the sixth, California loaded the bases with three straight singles off Geibel starter Phil Gratchic. Matt Morich singled home one run to make it 4-1.
The big hits of the inning came off the bats of winning pitcher Shaun Rice and Brad Dean. Rice and Dean each smacked two-run doubles that opened the game up.
On the day, California belted out 11 hits with Dean collecting four and P.J. Ross adding a home run, a solo shot in the third inning.
Rice went the distance for the Trojans, scattering three hits and striking out eight. He walked three.
The Trojan ace lost his bid for a shutout early when the Gators scored their lone run in the third inning on an RBI single by Bill Gabonay.
Next up for California will be winless Monessen, which fell to Frazier, 9-4, Thursday. The California-Monessen game on Tuesday is scheduled at Monessen. However, the Greyhounds have yet to play on their field because of drainage problems.
Meanwhile, Monessen’s tough road season continued at Perryopolis as the Commodores picked up their first section win of the season.
The Commodores (1-2, 2-5) scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and then cruised by Monessen (0-3, 0-5).
Matt Kibe went the distance for Frazier, pitching a five-hitter. Kibe struck out eight.
Frazier’s offense was led by Adam Souply, who had four hits, including two triples. Teammate Ryan Warner had two hits, including a two-run homer off Monessen starter J.D. Krasonic in the big five-run first.
For the Greyhounds, John Conn had two doubles and Jeremy Quattro had one.