After not producing much of anything in the first six innings Tuesday, the Lompoc offense produced enough in the seventh to pull off a stunning 3-2 win.
The Braves edged Ventura Buena 3-2 on Braiden Deschryver's first walk-off hit of the year, a one-out double off the center field wall in the seventh inning of this wild card game Tuesday at Lompoc's Dan Bodary Field in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Playoffs.
The pitch he drilled for the game winner "was a fastball, medium high in the strike zone," said Deschryver.
"That's the kind of pitch I was looking for. You have to look for that kind of pitch at that point in the count (2-2). You're looking for one pitch, one zone."
After the Buena starter, left-hander Jacob Martinez, throttled the Braves on two hits, Jerrett Howery came in from third base to relieve Martinez with one out and one on in the sixth and Martinez, after throwing 112 pitches, unofficially, went to center field.
Howery got a strikeout, walked the next batter then got a fly to right for the third out. The Braves loaded the bases against Lowery in the seventh with no outs on an error and two walks.
After Howery walked a second sraight batter in the seventh, Jacob Woodward entered as Buena's third pitcher.
Justin Allen hit a ground ball to shortstop, Lompoc pitcher Oscar Rojas (five-hit complete game) came home from third base and a base umpire called Kalub Ramirez safe at second as the Bulldogs tried to start a double play.
Jeffery Ray, who had been on second when the ball was hit, sprinted around third on the throw to first and headed for home. The Bulldogs got the out at first, but Ray was safe on the throw home and the game was tied at 2.
"With no outs, I made up my mind that on a ground ball I was going," said Ray.
"(Third base coach Jason Carlson) sent me home, so that was all the better. I knew the first baseman had to make a perfect throw (to get me). And, actually, it was a pretty good throw. But I got under the tag."
Braves' coach Brian Aguailar, who was a standout baseball player for Lompoc when he was in high school, said, "Jason coached at Hancock for five years, and we were lucky to get him.
"We'd been working on that play (that Ray scored on), in practice a lot. To see a senior going all out on a ground ball like that and then scoring was great to see."
For most of the first six innings, it appeared that Martinez would beat the Braves with his arm and with his bat.
Martinez walked six and hit a batter, but he struck out seven. The only hits he allowed were a lead-off Ray double in the third inning and a single by Rojas in the fifth.
Martinez put down a sweet bunt on the third base side on the first pitch of the game, and he beat out the bunt for a hit. He scored on Dylen Gibbon's sacrifice fly.
Everyone was safe without a play as Paul Duran scored on a Martinez squeeze bunt in the second. The run was unearned.
Rojas allowed just two hits after that. He finished with nine strikeouts.
"Oscar's our ace, our horse," Aguailar replied when he was asked if he ever considered pulling Rojas as the game went along and the sophomore right-hander's pitch count mounted.
"He has had multiple complete games. This was his ninth this year, I believe. There's no one I'd rather have in that situation."
The Braves won despite getting just three hits. Martinez and Howery had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs who finished their season at 8-17.
Lompoc (17-10) then had to go up against overall top seed South Torrance (26-4, the Pioneer League champions) on Thursday in the first round and lost 7-2.
Alhambra 2, Cabrillo 0
ALHAMBRA — The Moors (22-7-1) edged the Conquistadores (14-16) in another Division 4 wild card game. No details were available.