PV baseball defeats Calabasas thanks to five-run fourth inning in Division 2 game

PALOS VERDES ESTATES >> The Palos Verdes baseball team was in a familiar position in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round game against Calabasas.

The Sea Kings found themselves trailing by two runs after three innings.

However, PV didn’t panic and eventually rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a three-run lead and their bullpen and defense made it stand up for a 6-5 win.

PV (19-10) will visit Crescenta Valley in the second round Tuesday. Crescenta Valley knocked off No. 2 seed South Hills 2-0 on Thursday.

“As a team we came together and didn’t get down,” Palos Verdes junior Grant Govel said. “We knew we just had to start hitting. It’s been a heck of a time this year as we have been in this position before so we have a lot of dugout experience and we knew we could come back.”

Trailing 3-1, the Sea Kings offense started to wake up After Justin Camel and Noah Wahl reached base to start the fourth inning, junior Garren Rizzo drove in Camel with an RBI single. Govel would later come through with a two-out single to center that scored Wahl tying the game at 3.

Later in the inning, Luke Martoccia gave PV its first lead with a looping single to right field that Coyotes’ Sam Grunberg made a diving attempt to catch, but he trapped the ball which allowed Owen Park to score to make 4-3 and allowed Govel to move to third.  That was key as Calabasas reliever Peter Lynch would uncork a wild pitch and Govel hustled home sliding under the tag of Lynch to make it 5-3 PV.

Pitcher Alex Forman then helped himself with an infield single between third and short that scored Martoccia with the fifth run of the inning.

“When I hit it I saw that he (Grunberg) had a bad jump so i thought it would drop in, but he made a good dive and I saw it hit leather so I wasn’t sure,” Martoccia said of his go-ahead single.

Govel then came in to relieve Forman in the top of the fifth and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three Coyotes to get the ball to Rizzo.

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