ol days of not getting lit up like a Christmas tree by the mighty clubs
of the Orange Empire Conference and its .323 combined batting average.
Such was the case during this past spring break, where the Pirates won
all four games they played with each game generating a new hero.
Game-one hero: Drew Parkin. The sophomore righty with the only ERA under
five, threw a complete game in the Pirates' 8-7 win over Bakersfield.
Parkin, known primarily for his work out of the bullpen, also has both of
the Pirates' complete games this year.
Game-two heroes: Ryan France and Sam Greco. France, whose had his share
of some rough plate appearances, came up huge in the Pirates' 11-5 win
The sophomore third baseman went 4 for 5 with a home run, while Greco
improved to 2-0 with six strong innings of work.
Game-three heroes: Blair Havens and Chris Laws. A .330 hitter going into
the tournament, Havens went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, while the leadoff
hitter, Laws, went 4 for 6 in OCC's 14-1 pounding of San Diego City.
Honorable mention goes to Willie Keller, who had three doubles.
Game-four heroes: Robert Deven and Jason Reuss. Deven threw six strong
innings, limiting the College of the Sequoias to only three runs, which
in community college baseball is a pretty hard thing to accomplish.
Reuss, whose dad played....ah never mind, clubbed his 11th home run of the season, a three-run shot that gave the Pirates the breathing room
they needed for a 7-3 win.
Speaking of Reuss, he now has 26 home runs in his OCC career, putting him
nine dingers behind Joey James' all-time record of 35. But with only four
games remaining for the Pirates, James' hold on the the top spot should
Two of Reuss' former teammates, Ryan Clark and Brandon Thompson, who were
two of last year's "Big Three" for the Pirates, are holding their own in
limited action at the Division I level.
Clark is batting .273 (18 for 66) with six doubles, a home run and 10
RBIs for Long Beach State, while Thompson is hitting .233 with two home
runs and six RBIs with Cal State Northridge.
Over at Rice University, former OCC standout catcher John Lukin is the
everyday catcher for the Owls, who last year reached the NCAA World
Lukin is third on the team with a .283 batting average with a home run
and 15 RBI. He has also thrown out 12 would-be base stealers.