Admirals Blow Out Pacifics In Series Opener
San Rafael, CA – Riding high after sweeping Pittsburg over the weekend, the Pacifics looked to play spoiler to a Vallejo team vying for a spot in a potential championship game. However, the Admirals scored eight runs combined in the first four innings, cruising to a 9-3 victory and snapping San Rafael’s four game winning streak.
“We got down early and couldn’t recover” Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh said. “This homestand we have been playing complete baseball, and tonight we just didn’t have it together.”
Vallejo struck right away as Nick Akins doubled home David Kiriakos with two outs in the first against starter Jared Koenig. However, Cameron Monger struck right back with a solo home run in the bottom of the first against Demetrius Banks, tying the game at one.
The Admirals took the lead for good in the second. Mike Blanke singled and Graylin Derke walked to start the inning, setting up a sacrifice bunt situation for Chris Fornaci. He placed the bunt down the third base side, but Zach Goldstein threw the ball wide of first, scoring Blanke. Then Quinton Rohrbaugh singled home Derke, and a groundout from Clarke plated Fornaci. By the time the dust settled, it was 5-1 Vallejo.
San Rafael couldn’t solve Banks in the second or third innings, and Tillman Pugh added to the Admirals lead with a three run homer in the fourth, extending the advantage to 8-1.
Banks dealt through 5.1 innings, allowing just the one run on two hits. He was pulled with one out in the sixth for Christopher De Leon, who put the first four on he faced, with a run scoring on a bases loaded walk to Ricky Gingras. San Rafael could’ve put a huge crack in the Vallejo lead, but Michael Rizzitello hit into a double play, ending the threat. The Pacifics only managed one more run, coming on a Miles Williams solo homer in the eighth.
The Pacifics play their penultimate game of the season Wednesday against the Admirals, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. It is our final Win on Wednesday, and KTVU Sports Director Mark Ibanez will make a special appearance as a field umpire. For tickets to this unique event, visit the ticketing page on www.pacificsbaseball.com.