Fillmore’s speed and small-ball tactics got the best of Carpinteria’s defense in the fifth and sixth innings, as the Flashes scored four runs in both innings to run away with an 11-2 victory in the Citrus Coast League baseball opener for both teams at John Calderwood Field on Friday.
Carpinteria committed eight errors in the game.
“There is no doubt that it was a rough opening to league play,” Carpinteria coach Pat Cooney said. “There were some good signs in terms of developing a basic game plan but we didn’t really have a connected response to the many forms of pressure. Best thing about today’s loss is that it comes really early and our group will be motivated to improve.”
Fillmore is 5-1 overall and 1-0 in league.
Carpinteria starter Miles Souza surrendered four earned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four in five innings. Tyler Cervantes tossed the final two innings and gave up two earned runs.
Luke Lounsbury paced the Warrior offense with two singles up the middle off the Flashes’ senior right-hander Ricky Calderon. Lounsbury’s first hit came with two outs and tied the game at 1-1 as Jason Warren scored from third base. Lounsbury scored the second run after a throw from the catcher scooted away from the Flashes’ third baseman and he was able to scamper home.
Carpinteria (2-1, 0-1) hosts defending league champion Santa Paula on Wednesday