Summerville hurler Joey Brocchini looked solid in his first two starts of the season pitching a total five innings despite back-to-back losses Friday and Saturday, said Bears head coach Larry Gold.
Bear Logen Foster (above, left) makes a leaping catch while Central Valley’s Austin Burns (right) slides to the base. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat
Brocchini, along with Bryce Farrell, Logen Foster and Connor Morningstar, made his return from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship-winning varsity basketball team that suffered a loss in the first round of the state playoffs Wednesday night.
Brocchini faced seven batters over two innings against the Central Valley Hawks on Friday in a 12-3 loss at home. He had two strikeouts and held them to only two hits and no runs.
The Hawks took a big lead with a seven-run third inning followed by one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
For the Bears, Trevor Larsson went 1 for 2 with a home run and RBI while Jonathan Olsen went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Morningstar went 1 for 2 with a double.
“It was (Brocchini’s) first day out after the end of basketball season, so we limited him to only two innings and he did a great job on the mound,” said Gold. “He’s going to be our work horse this year, so we wanted to limit him, but the air went out after he left.”
On Saturday, the Bears were defeated by Ripon 11-1 in Ripon.
Brocchini pitched the first three innings and faced 11 batters total, allowing only one hit and one run while striking out seven before he was taken out of the game with the score tied 1-1.
Ripon had two runs in the fourth inning, five in the fifth and three in the sixth and final frame.
Farrell went 3 for 3 while Morningstar 1 for 3 with a double. Olsen also went 1 for 3 and Brendan Brick 1 for 2 off an infield hit.
“Joey (Brocchini) again did a fantastic job,” said Gold. “He was in complete command against a really good Ripon team. We’ve got him ready to go to start finishing games.
“Defensively, we have to cut down on errors and can’t continue to let runners on base.”
The Bears (2-5) next travel to Sonora to face their crosstown rivals on Tuesday. The Wildcats (4-1) are coming off a non-league loss to Lodi on Saturday.
“Scott (Johnson, Wildcat head coach) has got them playing tough down there,” Gold said. “We’ve got three games this week and only two days of practice, so we need to use these games to improve.”