Joey Linn - LA MIRADA, Calif.
The Shepherds competed in a double header against the Sparrows on Saturday, July 6th. Both games were similar in their nature, but not in their outcome. Philip Wall got the start for game 1, and pitched a very solid game before handing the ball over to the sure handed bullpen. His offense was quiet for most of the game until who else but Austin Caulk stepped to the dish with the bases loaded and promptly unleashed on a fastball and sent it way over the wall for a grand slam. The HR was Austin’s 6th of the year, and his 2nd grand slam. This pushed the lead out too far for the Sparrows to ever reach, despite some a late game push.
Game number two was a similar story with a different outcome. The Sheps had right hander Joey Acosta on the hill, and he was dominant throughout. Joey surrendered 1 run early on an RBI infield single, but was lights out until the 7th inning. Some shaky defense and unlucky bounces saw Joey give up 2 runs that gave the Sparrows a 3-2 lead. The Shepherds would see this lead expand however, when they found themselves on the wrong side of a grand slam in the 7th inning. This pushed the lead to 7-2, and despite a few comeback attempts, the team fell short and split the double header in a tale of two slams.
The team will now take their talents to the coaching side of the ball this week, when they serve at another baseball camp before returning to game action.