CCS Focus (CA): Round 1 Update

Ryan Ozella
N. California Area Scout

CCS FOCUS: Playoffs Updates

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Central Coast Section, CA - Like I mentioned in the Podcast last week with Les, I went to see the 9th Seeded Branham Bruins travel to face 8th ranked Salinas Cowboys in a game that was as advertised with multiple lead changes and an exciting finish.

Branham got the game started when 2019 SS Jacob Dressler beat out an infield single followed by 2020 3B Cameron Rynhard singling through the 4-hole. That set up a first and second situation before 2020 C Carter Jones went down in the zone and got a breaking ball driving it over the Center Field fence for the 3R HR to give the Bruins a quick 3-0 lead.

Salinas got one back in the bottom of the 1st when 2019 1B Nathan Martorella put together a 7-pitch AB before crushing a double over the head of the centerfielder and advanced to 3rd on a passed ball. 2020 3B Max Farfan followed with another deep count before getting a FB and driving it to CF to score the run.

Salinas added their big inning in the 2nd when 2019 C Lane Radley got a 1B over the head of the SS which was repeated by 2019 RF Altie Melendrez putting runners at 1st and 2nd. An error on a bunt would load the bases for Martorella who came up with a 1B to RCF.scoring two. A throwing error by Jones off the head of the runner at 3rd would bring around 3 more runs to make it a 5 run inning and putting the Cowboys up 6-3.

2019 Salinas LHP Nathan Chapman settled in after the HR in the 1st getting six straight outs until Dressler ripped a triple to start the Bruins offense followed by a double from Rynhard making it 6-4. 2019 Branham RHP Max Orkin pitched out of a 2nd and 3rd situation with 2 big K’s to prevent any damage ending the 3rd . In the 4th Orkin left a FB over the plate and Farfan made him pay, hitting a line drive to RF that continued to carry showing the power in Farfan’s bat.

Chapman worked through the 4th and 5th with no trouble before a hard leadoff 1B by Jones giving him his 2 hit in 3 ABs. Salinas couldn’t turn a double play and that led to some trouble with 2019 CF Henry Wright stealing second base followed by a walk and double over the third baseman’s head making it 6-5. A BB, 2B over the head of the left fielder, sac-fly and single off a diving 3B glove made it 7-7. Salinas had a chance in the 7th when they collected 2 1B’s before a 5U-3 double play ended the threat.

Branham got a run in the 8th when they got two runners on with walks split by a sac bunt. After a Fielder's Choice, Dressler executed a perfect hit-and-run hitting the vacated 6-hole and scoring the run. Salinas wouldn’t go away with a leadoff double by Radley before stealing 3rd, but couldn’t get a hit and Branham took the 8-7 Victory.

Division 1 Scores:

No. 6 Bellarmine 9, No. 11 Oak Grove 3

No. 14 Piedmont Hills 2, No. 3 Wilcox 1

No. 10 Mountain View 8, No. 7 Santa Teresa 1

No. 2 Los Altos 8, No. 15 Menlo-Atherton 0

No. 5 Carlmont 9, No. 12 Santa Clara 1

No. 4 Leland 5, No. 13 Gunn 0

No. 1 Leigh 2, No. 16 Evergreen Valley 1

Division 2 Scores:

No. 11 St. Ignatius 2, No. 5 Live Oak 0

No. 3 Christopher 1, No. 14 Hillsdale 0 (8 innings)

No. 10 Capuchino 12, No. 7 Carmel 2

No. 13 Willow Glen 3, No. 4 Sobrato 1

No. 8 Burlingame 1, No. 9 Pioneer 0

No. 1 Monterey 2, No. 16 Greenfield 0

No. 15 Half Moon Bay at No. 2 Aptos, 4 p.m. 5/17/19 - Delayed due to rain

No. 12 Sacred Heart Cathedral at No. 5 Aargon. 4 p.m. 5/17/19 - Tied 5-5 in 8th before rain delay.

Players of Note:

2020 3B Max Farfan (Salinas) - Uncommitted. I’d mentioned Farfan as being a guy to watch this Playoffs as he’d impressed me in multiple viewings then did it again during this game. 

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