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San Bruno, PenCities advance in Colt Regional openers

By Terry Bernal - SM Daily Journal, 07/09/19, 9:45PM PDT

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A mercy-rule romp, followed by a walk-a-thon first inning, the opening night doubleheader at the Colt Regional Tournament got off to a rough start.

Then one sterling defensive play turned the tide.

With six-team field in the Colt Regional tourney at Washington Park, four teams opened play Monday. PenCities rallied late for a 12-0 mercy-rule victory over Campbell No. 2 in the opener. San Bruno then topped Los Altos-Mountain View in the nightcap 12-5.

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With the win, San Bruno advances through the winners’ bracket of the double-elimination tourney to face Campbell No. 1 Tuesday at Washington Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The pitching of PenCities went a little more smoothly in the opener as Kyle Sieben worked four scoreless frames to front a staff shutout in the 12-0 victory over Campbell No. 2.

PenCities — a combined roster of the two PenCities teams that played in the Peninsula Colt League during the regular season — scored single runs in the second and fourth. So, when acting manager Neil Goldstein went to his bullpen, Sieben exited with a mere 2-0 lead.

“I don’t like coming out of games,” Sieben said. “So, it wasn’t the best feeling. But knowing he wants to keep me for another game, a more meaningful game, that’s pretty special.”

The early exit was strategic, though, in that it kept Sieben’s pitch-count down. With pitch-count limits enforced in the tournament, he will now be available to pitch in the later rounds.

“He threw good,” Goldstein said. “It got a little wild in the fourth, which is why I took him out.”

After posting a 4-1 record during the regular season — including a complete game the previous week in the Bay Area Showcase at University of San Francisco — Sieben faced the minimum through the first two innings Monday. Patrick Mori and Jeremy Penos worked an inning apiece to preserve the shutout, with PenCities adding four runs in the fifth and six more in the top of the sixth to record the mercy-rule win.

PenCities advances through the winners’ bracket to face South San Francisco Tuesday night at Washington Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Campbell No. 1 and South San Francisco each drew first-round byes in the tourney, which concludes Saturday, with championship play starting at 11 a.m.