Connor Taylor - FCA
The first game was characterized by another excellent pitching performance by Philip Wall. Wall pitched six innings and only let up two runs on the day. The Shepherds were walked fourteen times during the first game and had six hits. The team was steady throughout the day with only letting up three runs as a whole with a good offensive day by putting eight runs on the board.
The Shepherds struggled to get their bats going early in the second game with only scoring one run through five innings, while the Orange County Legends brought in eight runs through the top of the sixth inning. The tide started to turn after the top of the sixth with the Shepherds finally scoring another run in the bottom of the sixth.
After the seal was reopened, the Shepherds couldn't be contained while scoring seven runs in the last three innings. Caleb Pollema closed the outing with pitching the last two innings and allowing zero hits. The Shepherds eventually won off of a walk-off walk by Chad Ragland to win the game 9-8.
The Shepherds head to Mexico this week to serve at an orphanage and their next game will be next Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Biola University against the Ventura County Pirates. The game will be streamed on Facebook Live through the FCA So Cal Baseball page.