PBB: Alhambra takes wild-card game from Warriors

Carpinteria's Diego Contreras was the Warriors' starting pitcher on Wednesday. (Presidio File Photo)

Carpinteria’s Diego Contreras was the Warriors’ starting pitcher on Wednesday. (Presidio File Photo)

Carpinteria’s offense dried up after the first inning on Wednesday, leading to a 4-1 loss at Alhambra in the wild-card round of the CIF Division-4 playoffs.

The Warriors took an early lead with a run in the opening frame. Javier Jasso led off with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jonah Spach. Jose Carrillo brought Jasso home with an RBI single.

Alhambra took the lead after a two-run second inning. The Moors added a run in the third inning and one more in the sixth. Christian Maciel blasted a solo home run in the second inning. Starting pitcher Jake Sanchez earned the victory.

“It was a good high school baseball game. Well pitched, good offensive execution, and solid defense on both sides. Unfortunately, a couple of breaks and a couple of timely hits for the Moors were the difference,” said Warriors head coach Pat Cooney.

His Warriors finish the season with an overall record of 9-16. They won five of their final seven Tri-Valley League games to clinch a playoff berth.

“Aside from the loss, we had a great baseball day. Not one of us will forget the experience. There is no doubt that we played our best baseball at the end of the season,” Cooney added.

The Moors (17-7, 11-4) advance to Friday’s first-round matchup at Freeway League champion Sonora (18-8-1, 12-3).

Carpinteria 100 000 0 – 1 5 1
Alhambra    002 101 x – 4 6 0

C – Contreras, Martinez (4), and T. Spach. A – Sanchez, Giambalvo (6), and Zermeno.