By MICHAEL HUNTLEY
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Senior pitcher Bryan Pope was dominant on the mound as San Juan Hills beat Sea View League rival Trabuco Hills, 3-1, Tuesday at San Juan Hills High.
Pope pitched six innings and allowed just one run and two hits, and he struck out seven.
“We are real happy with his performance,” San Juan Hills coach Jeremey Wooten said of Pope. “He gives us a good chance every time he hits the mound.”
Kyle Rawlings led off the second inning with a single for San Juan Hills (11-8, 3-2). He advanced to third base after a wild pitch and a ground out.
Ryan Collins was the next batter and had to battle after falling behind with a two-strike count. Wooten said he was hoping for a ground ball or a sacrifice fly to score a run, but Collins hit a low pitch over the left field wall to give the Stallions a 2-0 lead.
“He (Collins) has some sneaky pop,” Wooten said. “Sometimes you just get good barrel on it and the ball takes off. I was hoping for one run and we got the bonus with the homer so that was great.”
Trabuco Hills (11-6-1, 3-2) scored its lone run when Ryan Thibert scored from second base on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. It was the only time in the game the Mustangs had a base runner get past second base.
The Stallions scored a run in the fifth inning by taking advantage of two consecutive errors by the Mustangs. Shane Roberson hit a run-scoring single to put the Stallions ahead, 3-1.
The two teams have split their first two league meetings. They play their third and final league game Wednesday, April 12, at Trabuco Hills High.
“Today was a confidence builder,” Wooten said. “They (Trabuco Hills) are a good team and we know we have to bring our ‘A’ game. Getting a win against those guys is big for us, and we hope it gets momentum going for us into the second half of league.”