Guerra gives Dons a big lift with shutout in pitching debut

Santa Barbara found another pitcher on its baseball team at the Anaheim Lions tournament on Tuesday.

Tanner Guerra, in his first pitching appearance of the season, threw a complete-game six-hitter as the Dons blanked Riverton, Utah 1-0.

“It was great,” Santa Barbara assistant Mike Cooney said of Guerra’s performance. “He had good command on his curve and change-up. We were emphasizing that from the third inning on.”

Guerra scattered six singles and walked only one, while striking out five.

“We’re hopeful he will be a contributor this year and next,” said Cooney.

The Dons scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning. Johnny Brontsema was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a single to right-center field by Michael Day.

Santa Barbara, which is 3-1 in the tournament, had only four hits in the game.

The Dons (9-6) complete tournament play Wednesday.


Santa Barbara 1, Riverton, UT. 0

Santa Barbara…000 100 0 — 1 4  1

Riverton…000 000 0 — 0 6  3

Tanner Guerra and St. John; Peterson, Bradley (5), Coates (6) and Barlow. W—Guerra (1-0). L—Peterson.