Griffins batsmen lose to its league rivals Marina High


After picking up just one hit over the first five innings Thursday afternoon, Los Alamitos got its bats rolling over the final two frames, but it wasn’t enough in a 4-2 road loss to Sunset League rivals Marina.

Each team had just six hits in the contest, as pitching ruled the day for the first three-plus innings with neither team scoring a run. Michael Farris’ two-out single to right in the first would prove to be the only base hit.

Farris’ hit to right field was followed by Nick Vilter being hit by a pitch. The rally fell short, however, as Farris was cut down trying to steal third to end the threat.

Griffin pitchers Jared Owen and Troy Rallings combined on a one-hitter over the first three innings, Owen striking out a pair in his two innings of work. Rallings gave up a single and a walk in the third but got out of it with a 4-6-3 double play ball.

In the Los Al fourth, Sam Lorenzini picked up a one-out walk but was picked off the bag to keep the game scoreless. Marina got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, using a leadoff double and a one-out bloop single to right to score a run. A runner getting picked off of first and a groundout prevented further damage.

The Vikings scored twice in the fifth off Moises Montes, using another leadoff double, a sacrifice, a passed ball and a solo home run.

Los Al got its bats going in the sixth, getting started with a Russ Mellon single to center. Keeton Quaack then drew a one-out walk. With two gone, Owen slapped a two-strike single to plate Mellon and cut the deficit to 3-1. Quaack and Owen were stranded as the next hitter grounded out to shortstop.

Marina got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a double, a groundout and a wild pitch off Lorenzini. Los Alamitos had its biggest inning offensively to close out the game.

Montes got things started with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Farris then came through with his second single of the game to plate the run and cut the deficit back to two.

With one out, Pat Ivison delivered a single and moved to second on the throw to put the pair into scoring position. They would remain there as a strikeout and groundout to first of the next two hitters ended the game.

The squad plays on the road at Capistrano Valley Wednesday in a 5 p.m. game and then returns home to play Tesoro Friday at 5 p.m.

Griffins batsmen lose to its league rivals Marina High