With a pair of runs to work with, Mira Costa starting pitcher Jared Karros let his defense work behind him against Palos Verdes in Friday’s Bay League baseball battle.
“I wasn’t as pressured and I was a bit more calm,” Karros said. “It’s good to have some support, and the offense has my back.”
Karros scattered four hits over six innings while striking out six, and Chase Meidroth slugged a home run that provided a bit of insurance in the second inning as Mira Costa defeated PV 5-1.
“Playing (at PV) is hard, but we’ve got a good lineup one through nine,” Meidroth said. “We all have to do our job, and it’s huge to get on the board early. We knew we had to score in the early innings.”
Mira Costa (9-3) broke through against PV starter Aaron Davies in the first inning. Kyle Karros scored on the first of four errors by PV before Nathaniel Miller grounded into a run-scoring fielder’s choice to make it 2-0.
“I definitely struggled trying to be perfect (after the first inning),” Davies said. “I knew I just had to keep trusting my defense behind me and let them work.”
Meidroth gave Karros a four-run lead to work with in the top of the second. The Mustangs’ leadoff hitter hit a 1-1 pitch by Davies over the fence in left field.
“I was looking for something up, and (Davies) left a changeup up,” Meidroth said. “His ball had a sinking, tailing action to it, and I was just looking for something I could get in the air and get a run in. (The third run) was a big run.”
Karros allowed a leadoff single to Amrose Russo before retiring the next nine PV batters he faced.
After Brian King led off the fourth inning with a single, Karros got a pair of nice defensive plays from Meidroth at shortstop and second baseman Ethan Chang to keep the Sea Kings from scoring.
PV (5-7, 0-2) scored a run against Karros in the fifth inning. Kona Abe reached on Kyle Karros’ fielding error and took third on Noah Delio’s double before scoring on Russo’s grounder.
Karros retired four of the next five batters he faced before Merrick Baldo came on in the seventh inning to close out the game for the Mustangs.
“PV has always been a tough place to play, and I told the kids that,” Mira Costa coach Keith Ramsey said. “We took care of business at home (Tuesday) and I’m proud of their competitiveness and their mentality.”
Davies allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits, struck out four and walked five. PV stranded four runners, including three in scoring position.
“I think Mira Costa is a beatable team,” Davies said. “I just need to work on my accuracy, and our defense needs to play a little tighter. We also need to work on getting runners in.”