Shiba's Pitching Stands Out In 4-3 Loss to Victor Valley
The Pasadena City College baseball team seems to have a gem of a starter in freshman knuckleballer Tim Shiba. The question is will the team be able to give him enough run support? Such was not the case Saturday as Shiba's complete-game, 9-hitter resulted in a 4-3 loss by the Lancers against visiting Victor Valley College. The game was played at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
Shiba (1-1) already has the team's lone pitching victory and he has allowed only 16 hits in 16 innings pitched thus far for a 3.38 ERA. Shiba (pictured) allowed just two singles over the final five innings and kept his team in the game.
Victor Valley took a 4-3 lead in the fifth without benefit on a hit. Shiba hit Richard Gala with a knuckler. Gala stole second and then was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Thomas McCarty then knocked in Gala with a sac fly to left field.
PCC scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning keyed by a two-run double by centerfielder Charles Smith. Although five of the Lancers' nine hits went for doubles, the team continued an early season trend of leaving runners in scoring position. Catcher Cameron Silva and second baseman Cody Van-Es both had 2-hit performances while the team left seven runners on base.
The Lancers' base running also struggled as two runners were thrown out stealing. In the third inning, an opportunity was thwarted when Van-Es doubled down the left field line and shortstop Josh Clark tried to score all the way from first. Clark was cut down on a relay throw to home that ended the rally.
The Rams (2-4) received brilliant relief pitching by winning pitcher Nick Roberts (four innings, three hits, no runs) and closer Fernando Ortega (1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts).
The Lancers (1-4) have lost three straight games, including an 11-4 loss at Grossmont (Feb. 5) and a rough 16-2 thumping handed to them by host Irvine Valley (Feb. 7). Pasadena's starting pitchers were knocked out in the second inning v. Grossmont and the first inning v. IVC. For Irvine Valley, Dallas Porter slugged a grand slam dinger in the third inning that gave the Lasers a 12-0 lead at that point.
PCC will next be in action Tuesday, Feb. 12 when it travels for a 2 p.m. non-conference game at Oxnard College.