Sierra pitcher Mark Crain was good.
East Union’s Brock Swift was perfect.
Swift dominated the Sierra lineup for seven innings, not allowing a Sierra base runner in a 2-0 Valley Oak League perfect game Wednesday for the visiting East Union Lancers.
The Lancers broke a scoreless tie in the top half of the sixth inning when Zac Carrillo jumped on a Crain offering with two on, scoring them both with a double off the left-field fence.
Swift looked the part from the first frame on, getting ahead of hitters and mixing up speeds with effectiveness the first time through the order. The senior righty only seemed to get more dominant throughout each inning and reaped the benefits of an inspired Lancer defensive effort.
“We needed the win and it was a great way to get the win,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “From the very first pitch to the last pitch, Brock was in command of all of his pitches. He did a fabulous job from the bump and had a fantastic job from Zak Lewallen calling the game.
“We definitely had some significant plays from our defense.”
First baseman John Olague made a couple remarkable plays, including a pick on a tough throw from shortstop Steven Gigli with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
Crain definitely gave his club a chance to win the contest, going the distance on only getting himself into trouble he couldn’t escape once, when Carrillo hit the one-out double. Gigli led off the inning wearing a pitch and advanced into scoring position on an errant back pick from Lewallen. After an intentional walk to Swift, the Timbewolves nearly picked Gigli off at second, only to see the double moments later.
“It was a good game,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “For the way our league is this year, that was two teams without real good league records that are both pretty good teams. It was a good baseball game. I thought we had Gigli picked off at second and if we did it was a different story, but so be it.
“Brock really pitched well.”
Crain was able to get a groundout and a strikeout after the Carrillo double and cruised through the seventh only giving up a base hit. The at bat with Carrillo was a battle that likely decided the game, giving Swift the tiny bit of insurance he would need to complete perfection.
“We knew what was going on and I was thinking that we just had to put some runs on the board,” Gigli said. “Jordan (Kron) had the same thing going a couple of weeks ago and we didn’t score any runs.
“I know that we didn’t want that to happen again and we put some runs on the board.”
The two clubs will be back on the VOL grind Friday with the final of the home-home series at East Union.