Summerville ace Joey Brocchini pitched a complete game and knocked in the winning run to lead the Bears to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the visiting Calaveras Redskins on Wednesday.
Summerville senior Joey Brocchini (11, above) works for the Bears against the Calaveras Redskins in the first inning on Wednesday in Tuolumne. Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat
With the game tied 5-5 in the home half of the sixth inning, Brocchini stepped to the plate and smacked a grounder through the infield and into to center field that brought home Colton Ebbers from third base.
On the mound in the seventh, Brocchini walked Redskin Brian Golston to lead off.
But Brocchini bounced back and struck out the next two and picked Golston off first to ice the victory. Brocchini had six strikeouts in seven innings of work.
“Joey’s a phenomenal baseball player and has a lot of heart,” said Bears head coach Larry Gold. “He wanted the ball and didn’t want us to take it from him, so he went out there and showed us that he had complete control of this game from top to bottom.
“He gave up a couple of runs and we booted the ball around a little bit out there, but it didn’t phase him. He stepped right back up there and got the W.”
Brocchini also scored during a four-run fifth inning that lifted the Bears out of a 4-1 deficit.
In that pivotal inning, Bear Jonathan Olsen singled followed by Brocchini reaching on an error. With two outs, Larsson reached on error that allowed Olsen to score and Brocchini to advance to third.
Bear Connor Morningstar next hit a fly ball that was dropped allowing Brocchini to score while Morningstar advanced to second base.
After Tanner Krieg got hit by a pitch to load the bases, Logen Foster blasted a line drive to center field for a double and two RBIs that gave Summerville it’s first lead of the game, 5-4.
“We put the ball in play and they made a couple mistakes that got us pumped up a little bit,” Foster said of the Bears’ big fifth inning.
He also praised Brocchini for battling it out for the complete game effort.
“I know he’s taken the full role for us as pitcher and it’s hard on your arm, but he’s been coming out every game and does a good job,” Foster said.
Calaveras head coach Tom DeLappe said he was pleased with pitcher Thomas Boitano’s effort despite the difficult loss, citing eight Redskin errors as the key statistic that turned the game in Summerville’s favor.
“He pitched well enough to get out of innings but we couldn’t make the plays in the field,” said DeLappe. “We hit the ball when we needed to but then we also made a number of base running mistakes.
“I mean, we made eight errors and that’s your game right there. A lot of times, if we don’t make those errors we win it.”
Boitano, who fanned 11 Bears in five innings, said the Redskins will need to execute better Friday when the teams face each other again.
“I feel like they (Bears) executed more plays and just did a better job out there today,” said Boitano. “We need to make the plays and put the ball into play more, but they’re a competitive team and it’s fun playing them.”
Gold was pleased with how his Bears overcame a three-run gap to pull out a win Wednesday.
“We were faced with a couple of situations there where we could have easily got down and never get back up,” said Gold. “They went back out there and showed they had it in them to get the win and I’m proud of them.”
Foster said the win comes at a good time despite it still being early in the 2013 MLL season.
“It’s great winning early because we’re sort of a young team and it gives us a lot of momentum and confidence going into the next game,” he said.
The Bears (6-8, 3-1 MLL) again face the Redskins (4-7, 1-3 MLL) at 3:30 p.m., Friday, in San Andreas.