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Islander Baseball Team Wins Big Once, Loses Two One-Run Games

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 3:51 pm

It’s been the spring of one-run baseball games for the Islander Baseball Team (15-10-1, 2-5 in the Eastern League). Coronado is currently in the No. 7 spot in Division II, with 12 teams qualifying for the post-season. Head Coach Morgan Cummins said, “We are fluctuating between No. 5 and No. 10, with several teams bunched together, less than a point apart.”

Last week a well-placed hit or two would have been beneficial in two of the three contests the Islanders played. The games included a 2-1 loss at Mira Mesa; an 8-4 win over Mira Mesa; and a 4-3 loss to Helix, a team which looks to land a playoff spot in the CIF Open Division.

The first Mira Mesa game, against a fellow Western League opponent, went extra innings. Cummins said, “We had our chances early. Tobey Brown went 2-4 with a run scored; Jon Tessier was our designated hitter and went 1-2 with two walks, which was good production for us at the bottom of the lineup; Luke McCollough was our starting pitcher and he competed. He gave us a chance to win and threw six innings, scattered five hits, gave up one earned run and struck out six. Tessier pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. We just couldn’t capitalize on the chances we had.”

When it was mentioned the Islander pitching has been first-rate this season, Cummins replied, “Our Earned Run Average (ERA) for the team is 1.60. Our walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is 1.03. We should be winning almost every game with those numbers.” As a point of reference, the active career leader in WHIP in Major League Baseball is Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers at 1.00.

The second game of the Mira Mesa series saw the Islander bats come alive, as the team scored eight runs on 10 hits. Working our way down the lineup, Jared Pratt was 0-2, but walked twice and scored a run; Heath Miller was 1-4 with a double and a run scored; Brown homered in the fifth inning, going 1-4 with a run scored and two RBIs; Kyle Phin had three singles from the cleanup slot, scored twice and drove in one run; Dylan Miller was 1-3 with a run scored; Bobby Zajonc was 1-2 with a walk and a run scored; Ryan Ward was 1-2 with a walk and an RBI; and Tessier returned in his DH role and went 2-3, with a double and four RBIs.

On the mound, Sean Miley started the game and went 2.1 innings. He was relieved by the eventual winning pitcher Luke Meloche, who pitched 3.2 innings. Tessier pitched the seventh inning in relief after Mira Mesa scored three runs to open the seventh frame.

Cummins said, “It was nice to have some consistent offense, which shows what we can do when we score runs early and play with the lead. We had a strong day from Phin and Ward had a good at bat in the fourth inning. He had two strikes and hit a sacrifice fly that got us the 2-1 lead. Tessier had another great day at the plate and I’m glad to see him make the most of the opportunities he has had lately. Tobey’s home run was the icing on the cake that put the game away for us. Meloche did a great job putting up zeroes to get us the lead, after entering the game when the score was tied. And Tessier did a great job in the seventh when he came in and ended the game, which showed senior leadership.”

Saturday Coronado played a make-up game from a previous postponement with Helix, on the road. Cummins described the action and said, “They scored first, and we came back with three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead. Tessier reached on an error, Grant Gould walked, Pratt walked, Heath Miller was hit by a pitch, Brown singled to drive in one and then Phin hit a hard grounder to second for a fielder’s choice that scored a run. Helix had a two-out rally in the fourth and scored twice, which was the big difference maker in the game. I thought Dylan Miller pitched well, going five innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out four. That should be good enough to keep us in the game. Heath Miller pitched a perfect 1-2-3 sixth inning. They had to bring in their No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers in the seventh inning, who both throw 90 miles an hour to get us out. On the one side, we competed and had a chance to beat a Top 5 team, and on the other side we need to capitalize on more of our opportunities. We have the talent to beat teams like Helix and Eastlake (Coronado’s first game of the season, which ended in a tie).

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