"Lights Out" Lorenzini to the Rescue - San Carlos District 10 Red Team Moves to Within One Game of Finals
Menlo Park CA - The San Carlos District 10 Red team averaged 14 runs in their first 2 games to start the tournament off 2-0.
Tonight against Belmont Redwood Shores the runs would be much harder to come by and pitching would be at a premium.
Enter lefthander Joey "Lights Out" Lorenzini.
Lorenzini was locked in from the opening pitch.
It took him only 7 pitches to get out of the 1st inning.
San Carlos had baserunners on all game but could not cash in on their opportunities.
Nobody knows how many runners were left on base, but it was too many to count.
We are still waiting on Price Waterhouse to offically audit the number of runners San Carlos left stranded. The results should be released tomorrow.
The first two runs San Carlos scored were without the benefit of a hit. The first run came across on a groundout and the second on a catcher's wild throw to third base.
With a 2-0 lead in the late innings, San Carlos threatened in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th but were denied.
So it was up to Lorenzini to take care of business.
There was little margin for error, and Lorenzini didn't need any.
The umpire was calling low strikes all night and Lorenzini pounded the strike zone low, getting ahead in the count hitter after hitter.
San Carlos finally broke free in the 6th inning scoring 3 runs on some timely hits and key errors to open up a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the 6th.
Lorenzini had thrown 65 pitches through 5 innings and only had 10 more pitches to go before he hit his pitch count.
He got a quick out and then hit his first batter of the game.
He still had one batter left to get a double play and end the game on a complete game shutout.
San Carlos would get that game ending double play.
But Tyler Harrison would throw that double play pitch 3 batters later to get his 2nd save of the tournament.
Lorenzini's final pitching line would show 5.1 innings pitched, 1 earned run, 11 strikeouts, 1 walk, and all heart.
San Carlos needed someone to step up and pitch their hearts out today, and Joey "Lights Out" Lorenzini was the man for the job.
With the win, the San Carlos District 10 Red team moves to 3-0 and faces Hillsborough on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Ford Field in Portola Valley.
The winner of the game moves on to the Finals of the District 52 10 year old tournament, held on Tuesday July 4th.