Joey Linn – LA MIRADA, Calif.
The Shepherds got back in the win column on Tuesday evening, with an 8-4 victory over the Signal Hill Oilers. The Shepherds improved to 3-0 over the Oilers, as they are becoming a team that the Sheps presumably match up well against. The win improved the team to 10-4, and snapped 2-game losing streak, which was the first of the season. After an error riddled game that saw a make shift defense surrender a tough loss, the Shepherds were more than pleased with the showing from their starting 9 today.
Moments That Mattered
The Shepherds scored first in this one on a Clayton Espino sacrifice fly in the top half of the 2nd inning. However, drawing first blood was not the momentum shifter quite yet. The team still had a bad taste in their mouth after failing to score in the top of the first with bases loaded no outs. Starting pitcher Joey Scottvold struggled with his command early, which allowed baserunners for the Oilers to reach without hitting their way on. Scottvold surrendered a couple of runs early on, but would quickly settle down and never look back. He ended up giving the team 5 innings of 2 hit baseball and gave the Sheps in a great chance to win. The biggest moment of the game was not pitching related, but was the Austin Caulk blast that sucked the life out of the Oilers. Caulk had a big day at the plate also adding a double to his bomb.
The next game will be a special 4th of July classic on Thursday back home at Biola. The Shepherds will face off against the South Bay Sliders that they are currently 3-0 against on the season. The full-strength roster of the Shepherds is back and rolling once again, as they look to continue their ascent to the top of the league.