COVINA -- The #1 Inland Valley Pirates defeated the #4 Inland Valley Buccaneers 13-10 Tuesday at Charter Oak in the first round of the Best of the West Playoffs.
The Bucs got out to a 5-0 lead in the third and a 7-3 lead by the sixth, but it wasn't enough. The Pirates answered with 10 runs from the sixth to eighth innings.
John Pappas had a huge day. The catcher went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Trevor Caton (Mt. SAC) added two RBI and scored twice. Cole Koniarsky (USD) had three hits, one RBI and scored once.
The Bucs were led by Hayden Winters (Houston) and Dominic Masciel (Holy Names). Each blasted a home run.
The Pirates advance to Game 3 Wednesday against the #2 Ventura County Pirates with the winner heading to the Best of the West Championship Series. If they lose, they'll play an elimination game on Thursday for one more chance to make it to the Championship.
The Bucs will face the #3 Long Beach Legends in Game 4 on Wednesday in an elimination game. If the Bucs win, they'll advance to Thursday's Game 5 where the winner will make the Best of the West Championship Series.