PBB: Sanchez lifts Carpinteria over Santa Paula, 2-1

Mo Sanchez turned in a solid pitching performance and Carpinteria managed to win a baseball game with just one hit, beating Santa Paula, 2-1, in a Frontier League game on Friday at John Calderwood Field.

Sanchez had the Warriors’ hit, a double that scored the eventual winning run. The senior right-hander, threw a complete game, scattering three hits, walking five and striking out three.

He was aided by the defense. Left fielder Jorge Arroyo and shortstop Jonah Spach made diving catches.

Santa Paula pitcher Ramiro Avila was tough. But Carpinteria did score a run off him in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Sanchez led off the game with a walk, went to second on a balk, was sacrificed to third by Javier Jasso and stole home with two outs. That run tied the score.

The Warriors (8-8, 3-1) took the lead in the second inning. Spach drew a two-out walk, was balked to second and scored on a Sanchez doubled off the right-field fence.

“It was an important league win and an important victory in terms of team confidence,” Carpinteria coach Pat Cooney said. “There is no doubt that we leaned heavily on Mo today and he came through. The one-hit win is a bit unusual but our at-bats were good and we forced the starter out of the game at the end.

“Fortunately, there are lots of ways to win a baseball game. The guys are grinding. They deserved to win.”