VALLEY GLEN --- The Ventura County Buccaneers defeated the South Bay Sliders 16-10 in a slugfest Thursday afternoon at LA Valley College.
The Bucs were led by Shaun Montoya (UC Irvine) who had a ridiculous game, finishing 5-for-5 with six RBI and four runs scored. Kenny Kim (Irvine Valley) went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.
Nathan Cadena (San Jose St) starred for the Sliders with two hits and two RBI.
The Bucs (1-0, 4-1) take on the Arroyo Seco Sentinels on Friday in a Sunset League game.
The Sliders (0-2) face the East LA Dodgers on Saturday.
The South Bay Sliders enter 2021 with one goal: to hoist the SBL trophy up at the season's end. The Sliders have been competitive in the league for a number of years, but would love nothing more than to win the ultimate prize this season.
Key players in the lineup include Enrique Bennett (UNLV), Nathan Cadena (SJSU), Matt Beserra (CSUDH), Andrew Donini (Hope International), Noah Estrem (Sonoma St) and Jorge Perez (Chico State).
The pitching staff is loaded. Some of the top arms include Humberto Chiquito (CSUDH), Christian Finnigan (Seton Hall), Jared Giacone (CSUSM) and Aidan Martin (Marymount).
The Sliders open their season on June 15 against the Orange County Legends in a Sunset League clash.
The South Bay Sliders are derived from the defunct Slippery Rock Sliders of the Prospect League, where Baseball Club Long Beach owner Jonathan Rodriguez coached for two seasons. The Sliders look to bring an exciting brand of baseball to the South Bay and hope the baseball rich tradition of the area can help the Sliders franchise become one of the best summer teams in the country.
The Sliders look forward to an exciting first year as a franchise and look to grow with the Sunset Baseball League.
The South Bay Sliders will play their home games at Valley Christian High School
Team Est. 2016
Team Owner/GM: Bob Webb
Home Field: Valley Christian High School