Bonita and Sam Stavang Topple Thousand Oaks, 4-1

April 25, 2012
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Woody Reyes singled, sacrifice and walked twice in four trips to the plate against Thousand Oaks.

Woody Reyes singled, sacrifice and walked twice in four trips to the plate against Thousand Oaks.

Sam Stavang scattered six hits over five innings and Woody Reyes delivered a clutch two-out, two-strike, two-run single in the bottom of the third to help Bonita defeat the Thousand Oaks Lancers 4-1 and move its record to a San Gabriel Valley-leading 21-1.

Bonita broke on top in the bottom of second. After Lancers pitcher Elliott Keene issued back-to-back walks to Jake Blunt and Tanner Diebold, Reyes moved both runners up 90 feet on Reyes’ sacrifice bunt. Justin Row then plated Blunt with a sacrifice fly to deep center for the first run.

Keene issued another free pass to start the bottom of the third and again, Bonita, which had only four hits on the afternoon, took full advantage. With Thomas Castro on first, Tyler Heslop perfectly executed a hit-and-run, shooting a grounder through the right side of the infield as Castro raced to third. Anthony Gonzalez then cued a pitch just over the first baseman down the right field line to score Castro for the Bearcats’ second run.

After Keene hit Nolan Henley to load the bases, the Lancers made a pitching change.

The strategy almost worked as Blunt and Diebold went down swinging, but Reyes lined a sharp single center with two strikes to drive in Heslop and Gonzalez. “The second pitcher was working everybody away, and came up with the two strike outs,” Reyes said. “The two strikes I got were away, then I got a fastball away that I saw really well and was able to drive it up the middle.”

Reyes’ hit would be Bonita’s last of the game, but Stavang (6-0) made those runs stand up for five innings before giving way to relievers Joey Halabrin in the sixth and Castro in the seventh.

Thousand Oaks actually had eight hits to Bonita’s four, but Bonita did the most damage in the scoring column. “That’s what counts most, that’s the bottom line,” Bonita head coach Knott, said, proud of his team’s stingy defense and timely hitting.

Bonita is on the road this Thursday against West Covina, with six games remaining on the schedule before the CIF playoffs begin.

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