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Grieving OCC pitcher delivers

Community College Baseball

Thompson, whose step-sister died a week ago, works into the eighth to help Pirates blank Bulldogs and advance.

May 07, 2011|By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com

The OCC offense appeared similarly stiff for seven innings against left-handed starter Jordan Sechler .

A pair of one-out singles by Kevin Cho and Tristen Metcalf, followed by an infield error, gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

That's how things stood into the eighth, when the designated visitors, though they were playing on their home diamond, used an RBI single by freshman first baseman Bryan Garza and a sacrifice fly by sophomore second baseman Zach Chavez to add two insurance runs.

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It was the first RBI in 10 weeks for Garza, who was in his fourth game back after breaking his wrist in early February.

Chavez, who has missed nearly three weeks with a back problem, lifted the scoring fly ball to center as a pinch-hitter. It was his first RBI in a month.

Garza, who was two for four to join Cho (two for five) as Pirates with multiple hits, said Thompson's performance was inspiring.

"He's unbelievable," Garza said of Thompson, who lowered his earned-run average to 1.69. "Any time we get him up on the mound, we're always going to have a good chance to win.

"He knows we're there for him emotionally. He's our teammate. He's our brother, so we just back him up any way we can."

Evans, who earned the save in Friday's opener, entered with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth. He struck out the next hitter and ended the inning on a fly ball to center field.

A pair of singles and an error loaded the bases in the Hancock ninth, but Evans preserved the shutout for his seventh save of the season.

OCC, making its fifth straight postseason appearance, is 8-0 in four regionals during that streak. The Pirates lost the play-in game last season and did not advance to a regional.

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Southern California Regionals

Game 2

Orange Coast 3, Allan Hancock 0

SCORE BY INNINGS

OCC 001 000 020 – 3 7 1

AH 000 000 000 – 0 6 1

Thompson, Vandernaald (8), Evans (8) and Woodward; Sechler, Shrider (8) and Young. W – Thompson, 4-0. L – Sechler, 5-4. Sv – Evans (7).

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