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Another clutch effort brings Pacifica its first title
LOS ANGELES - Pacifica had been in similar situations before.
On May 10, the final day of the regular season, Pacifica needed two runs in the final inning to beat Cypress and win the Empire League championship. Two weeks earlier, Pacifica scored two runs in the final inning against Cypress to force extra innings, and won in the 15th inning.
Here the Mariners were again Friday, in an extra inning game with a lot on the line – a CIF-Southern Section championship game, Dodger Stadium, bottom of the 10th inning of a tied game, and a Pacifica runner on third base with two outs.
Trent Chatterton delivered a single down the left-field line to drive in Daniel Ferrell for the winning run of a 3-2 victory over Aliso Niguel.
It is Pacifica’s first CIF-SS baseball championship. The Mariners lost to La Quinta by one run in the 2004 Division 4 final.
Pacifica concluded the season with a 12-game winning streak to finish 28-5. Aliso Niguel finished 23-12.
With the score tied, 2-2, Pacifica’s Devan Campos led off the bottom of the 10th with a double. Pinch runner Marcus Rodriguez, running for Campos, went to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Saul Chavez, and pinch-hitter Daniel Ferrell followed with a walk.
Cody Bistline bunted and Rodriguez sprinted for home on contact, but Aliso pitcher Kyle Molnar fielded the hard bunt on one hop, threw quickly to catcher Brett Sebade and Rodriguez, caught in a rundown, was eventually tagged out by Molnar for the inning’s second out.
Ferrell had advanced to third base and Bistline to second during the rundown.
Chatterton followed with his slashing single over third base to send home Ferrell for the pandemonium-producing winning run.
First base was unoccupied, so Aliso Niguel could have intentionally walked Chatterton, a UCLA-signed senior who already had an RBI double in the third inning for his 152nd career hit, the fourth most in county baseball history. That would have created an out-at-any-base opportunity with two outs for the Wolverines.
Aliso Niguel coach Craig Hanson did not second-guess his decision.
“If I had to do it all over again, I’d do the same thing,” Hanson said. “Kyle’s my guy in that situation.”
The starting pitchers were terrific. Aliso Niguel senior left-hander Brett Barker went nine innings, gave up two runs and struck out seven with no walks. Pacifica senior right-hander Kyle Davis worked eight innings, allowed two runs and walked one.
The Wolverines took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run single by Matt Molnar. Pacifica tied it in the bottom of the third, scoring one run on a double by Chatterton that drove in Bistline and the other when Chatterton scored on a fielder’s choice.