The Shepherds are a hard-working, ministry-based, group of young men who are striving to become leaders in whatever arena they are placed in. We will be playing 30 games during the summer and leading numerous camps in which we will teach not only the game of baseball, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Shepherds enter the Sunset Baseball League in 2019 with a great following and are sure to make some noise.
SAN BERNARDINO -- The Solana Beach Redbirds had quite the day to remember on Wednesday at San Manuel Stadium, sweeping a rare tripleheader.
In game 1, the Redbirds blanked the Inland Valley Pirates 1-0.
In Game 2, Solana Beach defeated the California Cage Rats 8-1.
In game 3, the So Cal Shepherds met the same fate, falling to Solana Beach 10-3.
Roy Washburn got the start for the Shepherds. Washburn went four innings, while striking out four and allowed one run that wasn’t earned.
The Shepherds scored all of their runs in the top of the third. The inning started with three consecutive doubles from Sawyer Smith, Corey Treyes, and Jackson Van Ness. Both Treyes and Van Ness drove in runs with their doubles. Emry Jackson would drive in Van Ness with a sacrifice fly to left later in the inning.
The Redbirds broke the game open in the fifth and sixth, with four and five run innings respectively.
LA HABRA --
For the first time this season, the Shepherds can officially say they are on a winning streak. After defeating the Cage Rats 11-4 the Shepherds have now won three straight games.
Roy Washburn started the game for the Shepherds and was dominant throughout his six innings pitched. Throughout those six innings, Washburn allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and didn't walk anyone.
In the first, Kyle Douphner drove in the first run of the game with a single.
The Cage Rats's pitching couldn't slow down the Shepherds' bats for the second consecutive game. The Shepherds had 13 hits and were walked six times. Emry Jackson got things started in the bottom of the second by tying the game at one with an opposite-field single to left. Caleb Jung would score on a wild pitch to give the Shepherds a lead they would never surrender. In the third, the Sheps would pour it on with an eight-run inning where eleven men would come to plate. Sawyer Smith scored the first run of the inning after an error the second baseman. Tanner Smith and Tommy Acuna would follow soon after with back-to-back RBI singles. T. Smith would finish with three hits on the day. Chad Ragland would make it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly, Jackson would drive in a run with a double for his second RBI, and RBI singles by Will Cline and Sebastian Dunn would round out the inning.
Guz Zapata would have his second consecutive appearance where he would go two scoreless innings. Zapata was extremely efficient, only throwing 12 pitches over the two innings. In the ninth, Ragland would move to the mound and wrap up the win in his final appearance for the Shepherds this season.
The Shepherds have tomorrow off and will play again on Sunday.
LA HABRA -- For the first time this season, the SoCal Shepherds have won back-to-back games after taking down the California CageRats.
The game opened as a pitchers duel between Ryan McCarrel of the CageRats and Alex Escobar of the Shepherds. Escobar was able to pitch in and out of trouble early, as he left the bases loaded in the second and Noah Reitmeyer saved at least one with a diving catch in left to end the third with runners at the corners. Escobar would finish with four innings pitched, one run allowed, and he struck out seven on the day.
The fourth inning brought the offense for both teams. Cage Rats second baseman Christian Juarez drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to centerfield. That lead wouldn't last for long though, as the Shepherds would answer with four runs of their own. Tanner Smith would get things started with a three-run homer to right field for his fourth home run of the season. Caleb Jung would add on with a single that would score a run to give the Shepherds a three-run lead.
In the fifth, the Shepherds would score four runs for the second consecutive inning. A Jackson Van Ness double that split the gap in the left-center field would score two to start the scoring. T. Smith would follow Van Ness at the plate and would bat with a runner on third. Smith would get him home with a line-drive sacrifice fly to center and Tommy Acuna would drive in the final run of the inning with a base hit that scored Van Ness from second. The Shepherds would score their final run of the game in the eighth, with a Jung sac fly to center field.
The Shepherds bullpen once again continued their dominant stretch over their last few games, pitching five scoreless in relief of Escobar. Anthony Reynoso was the first man out for the Sheps and was wearing Providence Christian and Shepherds teammate Walter Roberts' jersey. Reynoso would walk two but get out of the jam to keep the CageRats at bay. Ben Peters would follow with a scoreless sixth, Nick Lycett would throw a scoreless seventh and eighth, and Josh Ramirez would seal the Shepherds win with a scoreless ninth.
The Shepherds will take on the Inland Valley Pirates tomorrow at 5 pm as they look to win their third straight.
Team Est. 2018
Team Owner/GM: Ben Orr/Hunter Bingham
Home Field: Biola University