Carpinteria High’s baseball team scored 10 runs in the sixth inning on Wednesday and needed every penny of it.
The Warriors came from behind to cash in a 12-11 Tri-Valley League win over Oak Park in a wild contest that reminded Carpinteria head coach Pat Cooney how much he loves the game of baseball.
“Call it wild or ugly, either way it is an important win,” Cooney explained. “Baseball is a great game. Games like this will make a believer out of anyone.”
Oak Park piled up its 11 runs by scoring in every inning but two. By adding a single run in the top of the sixth on the heels of a five-run fifth, the Eagles commanded an 8-1 lead.
Edgar Olvera started the Warriors’ outburst with an innocent one-out single in the bottom of the sixth. In total, the Warriors used five hits, three walks and five wild pitches to score their 10 runs. Big hits came in the form of a two-rbi single from Kevin Stein and a two-run double from Mo Sanchez.
Marcus Hutchinson started the game but had to leave after four innings because of a high pitch count. Hutchinson stayed in the game and contributed two hits, two runs scored and an RBI at the plate.
The two teams see each other again on Friday at Oak Park. Carpinteria is 3-2 in league and Oak Park is 1-6.
CARPINTERIA 12, OAK PARK 11
OP 011 051 3 – 11 11 2
C 011 00(10) x – 12 8 3
OP – Galvin, Katz(6), Shapiro (6), and Mulvile. C – Hutchinson, Walker (5), Sanchez (5), Rubio (7) and Stein. 2b: OP – Van Beveren, Romero. C – Sanchez.