Nathan Mollat / Daily Journal
Jason Gilbride, left, is congratulated by Jake Lawler after Gilbride hit a home run during
Pacifica's 10-6 win over San Mateo-Foster City in a Peninsula Joe DiMaggio game Friday.
Not much went right for the San Mateo-Foster City Joe DiMaggio baseball team on Friday.
The Titans simply didn't have it in a 10-6 league loss to visiting Pacifica at San Mateo High. The teams met earlier in the season, with San Mateo (8-4) coming out victorious, 7-4. But revenge is best served cold, and Pacifica (8-3) was more than happy to exact payback. The outcome was never really in doubt.
Pacifica scored in each of the first three innings, highlighted by a pair of two-run home runs from Jason Gilbride and Kris Boele. Since San Mateo's field has no fences, home runs are predicated sometimes on how deep or shallow the outfielders play. Gilbride's shot to right field was hit well but wasn't a blast.
However, with the Titans' outfielder playing in a bit, Gilbride was able to cross home standing up. Boele's homer was a combination of good hitting and a fortunate bounce. He hit a liner to center only to see the ball take a wicked hop over the head of San Mateo's R.J. Pagano. By the time Pagano was able to track the ball down, Boele was already rounding third. With San Mateo's field being bone dry, the ball was susceptible to taking a funny hop on a moment's notice.
Pacifica wasn't the only team to benefit from the field conditions. San Mateo's Matt Medeiros, who led all hitters with four hits, capped his stellar day with a two-run triple after his ball took an unusual hop and went over the head of Pacifica's center fielder with two out in the seventh.
Medeiros accounted for half of his team's hits, and finished with three RBIs. San Mateo committed three errors to Pacifica's none. Gilbride went 3 for 3, while Boele had a game-high four RBIs. San Mateo scored its first two runs in the fourth, capped by a Medeiros single. Moments earlier Max Camplin scored on a wild pitch.
Camplin tripled with one out in the bottom of the seventh before coming home on a Jeff Young single. Pacifica broke things open with a five-run fifth, capped by a two-run triple from T.J. Piccolotti. Titans manager Steve Baccei chalked up his team's loss to just going through the motions. Indeed, summer league baseball is often decided on which team can come to the park motivated.
"It was a hot, lazy summer day," he said. "I'm exhausted myself. We were missing three starters (including two of the team's best players). But there are no excuses. I know we can swing better. Our outfield play hasn't been great. We've been playing pretty good lately. This was probably our worst game of the year."
While there was little rah-rah from either side, the Pacifica players were locked in from the start, finishing with 12 hits. Although its lineup struck out 11 times, it made up for that dubious statistic by producing some big hits on crucial occasions. Pacifica assistant coach Jim Parque, Sr., acknowledged the fact that it can be tough getting players to compete hard on a game-by-game basis.
"The kids aren't doing anything all day and all of a sudden they come to the ballpark and it's time to play baseball," he said. "That's where as a coaching staff you have to find a way to motivate the kids during the summer. And the players have to take accountability, too, and I thought they came ready to play today."