It was one of those outings for the Santa Maria Valley Packers Wednesday night.

They made four errors, including three in the first inning, repeatedly stranded runners in scoring position and lost this Summer Collegiate League game 8-1 to the Coastal Cubs at Hancock College's John Osborne Field.

The Santa Barbara-based Cubs (3-4) are comprised mainly of players who play for some of Hancock's Western State Conference North Division rivals, such as Cuesta College, Ventura College and Santa Barbara City College.

The Packers (6-5) are comprised mainly of players who will play for Hancock next season. "We have a couple of players who play for four-year schools, but I would say 80-85 percent of our players will play for Hancock," said Packers' assistant coach Wayne Crabtree.

Crabtree was filling in for Packers' coach Brandon Mitchell. Crabtree said Mitchell was at his son's graduation Wednesday night.

Crabtree, his fellow coaches and his players suffered through a first inning in which Packers' starter Daxton Miller did his job by inducing ground balls, but his defense didn't do its job behind him.

The Pack had three first-inning errors, including two on first baseman Trevor Garcia. Still, Miller seemed all set to get out of the inning unscored upon when Ryan Guardino hit a two-out ground ball to Packers' third baseman Josh Glazewski.

Then Glazewski threw the ball past Travis Welker, who was covering second, and lead-off batter James Hiskey, who had reached base on the first error on Garcia, scored.

The Packers got a short-lived tie in the bottom of the first. Ryan Stevens doubled with one out, and Zach Andersen drove Stevens in with a two-out single.

However, the Packers couldn't get any more runs against any of the five Cubs' pitchers, and error number four helped the Cubs to a three-run third inning as the Cubs went ahead 4-1 and eased away from there.

"We scored the one run, but we had those two bad (defensive) innings," said Crabtree.

"They used a lot of pitchers, and they did a good job. We couldn't match up to them."

Matt Thomas led off the third with a single for the Cubs, and he eventually scored the winning run on a David Martinez sacrifice fly.

Each team had eight hits, but the Cubs' offense was by far the most effective of the two. The Packers left six runners in scoring position.

They stranded a runner on second base in the first inning, runners on second and third (after Andersen singled and then Garcia doubled with no outs) in the fourth and left the bases loaded in the sixth.

Matt Hammond's pitching was the lone bright spot for the Packers. He came on with two outs in the fifth and shut out the Cubs the rest of the way.

Hammond scattered three hits.

Mason Metcalf had two hits for the Cubs, who didn't have any extra-base hits. In fact, the Andersen and Garcia doubles were the only extra-base hits of the game. Andersen and Garcia both finished with two hits.

Cubs' starter Tyler Chivens worked three innings. Braeden Gowdy pitched the next three, and three more Cubs' pitches pitched an inning apiece.

Wednesday night marked the start of a stretch of five games in four days for the Packers.

The Pack will host the Bakersfield Blaze Thursday and the South County Vipers Friday night in single, 5 p.m. games. The Packers will host the Vipers in a Saturday doubleheader Saturday, with the first game set for a 1 p.m. start.

All of the Packers' home games are at John Osborne Field.


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