By: Jonathan Vogel
The Sentinels, led by Manager Anthony Chevrier, are 8-11 (WIN PCT .421) through late June. Any spectator of the games played this year can attest to the Sentinels’ burning desire to win games using all available resources and efforts.
In week one, the Sentinels won three out of their first nine games. The Arroyo Seco Sentinels played their first game of the season against the Orange County Riptide. The Sentinels scored twice early on in the game. The Riptide overcame the deficit and knocked out Sentinels starter Chris Davidson out of pitching rotation for the day. The Sentinels bullpen allowed five runs. The Sentinels could not produce any runs against the Riptide’s bullpen which included Ryan Beyer, Tanner Murphey and Andrew Owen.
In the second week, the Sentinels won two and lost three games. Against the Inland Valley Bucs, a bottom of the ninth loss to the Bucs dampened the start of what could have been the start of a winning streak. In their third game against the San Diego Force, the Sentinels’ offense could not produce runs effective SD Force pitching. The Force on the other hand were able to easily drive in a surplus of runs, leading to the Sentinel’s second-consecutive loss, and third-straight loss against the Force this season.
In a rematch against the Bucs, hits and runs came early and continued throughout the entire game, providing great run support of seven runs in total. Although the Bucs achieved 10 hits, they left several runners on base and failed at execution, driving runs in from scoring position.
In week three, the Sentinels went three games to two before they end the month of June with a game against the Inland Valley Pirates.
The Sentinels split the series in a doubleheader. The Sentinels scored early on in the game and had excellent pitching by Quintana through seven innings. Up by two runs in the eighth inning, things fell apart in the ninth inning when Riley James loaded the bases and allowed a bases-loaded single to blow the save. The Bucs would score the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth inning which went unanswered.
The Sentinels were phenomenal against the Inland Valley Bucs in a blowout win 12-3. The Sentinels earned a victory in a lopsided game that got out-of-hand in the seventh inning when the Sentinels scored their seventh run. The Bucs could not put together a good game-plan as they only scored three runs on four hits. Mata was credited with the win and Lyons with the loss.
Unfortunately, the Sentinels could not carry the momentum in their game against the Orange County Surf. The Sentinels lost in what began as a pitcher’s duel between Grant Vogenthaler and Nick Asuncion of the Surf that got out of hand for the Sentinels, allowing four runs before making a last-ditch effort in the bottom of the eighth inning to come back from behind, a laudable attempt that was foiled by the Surf’s bullpen.