Providence defeats Saint Monica 7-2 in the CIF Division Six Wild Card Round
Heading into Wednesday afternoon’s CIF Division Six Wild Card Playoff Round, the Providence Pioneers finished the regular season with a 10-11 overall record and a 6-6 record in the Prep League. On the other hand, the Saint Monica Mariners finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-13 and a record of 6-6 in the Camino Real League. The Pioneers defeated the Mariners by the final score of 7-2 as Connor Cafferty pitched a complete game and struck out three batters allowing one home run, two earned runs, and seven hits allowed. For Saint Monica, Nick Wiscot only pitched 0.2 innings as he was pulled after allowing 6 walks in the first inning. He was also charged with 3 earned runs. Wiscot was replaced by Gabe Campbell, who pitched 5.1 innings in long relief. He struck out five batters, walked two, gave up eight hits, and allowed four total runs, three of which were earned runs.
The Pioneers got the scoring started in the first inning as Saxon Bilodauex, Eric Chuchura, and Garrett Barnes drove in the game’s first three runs for Providence. The Mariners’ runs came from Nick Wiscot, who drove in Gabe Campbell with an RBI single in the top of the third inning, and Daniel Salcedo’s solo homer to straightway center field in the top of the fourth inning. Adrian Contreras put an exclamation point on the game in the bottom of the 5th inning as he hit a two-run double to drive in Matt Dorfman and Saxon Bilodeaux to extend the lead to 7-2 and seal the wild card game for Providence.
Providence head coach Mando Contreras was happy with how his team performed in the win, “I thought it was a well-played game on both sides of the lines, offensively we had a nice game plan of getting a guy on and moving them over. Defensively just one booted ball from Connor, other than that the guys communicated well and played great.” He went on to state that Cafferty deserves to pitch in big games when asked about his performance on the mound and had high praise for the team offensively, especially with how the top and bottom of the lineups performed. Providence will take on Campbell Hall in the first round of the CIF Division Six playoffs on Friday afternoon at 3:15 PM, while Saint Monica’s baseball season has come to a close.