Freshman Keenan Pierandozzi-howes of the Pacifica Chirstan boys varsity baseball teamleaps into the air to grab a ground ball that was hit by the batter from the Newbury Park Adventist High boys varsity baseball team at North Venice Little League field which is the home field for Pacifica Christain on Friday May 22nd 2009 as Pacific hosted Newbury and won 7-6 in 7 innings when the relief pitcher for Newburty balked back to back (photo by Morgan Genser)

VENICE — Pacifica Christian, playing its first ever baseball season, advanced to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division VII playoffs with a 7-6 victory over Newbury Park Adventist on Friday.

The Seawolves entered the bottom of the seventh and final inning with the score tied at 6-6. Freshman starting pitcher Kevin Hammer led off the inning with a double and was balked to third and later balked home with the winning run.

“It’s a terrible way to win, but we’ll take it,” Head Coach Julian Chavez said.

Hammer pitched a complete game in the victory allowing six runs over seven innings. Freshman Zach McMillan was the star on offense going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first inning. He also had a double and a single.

“It feels great to be winning with this young team,” Chavez said of his squad consisting almost entirely of freshmen. “They are getting this great experience, playing good teams.

“I’m was really excited watching them get into a close game and finishing it off.”

With the win, the Seawolves will advance to play the winner of the Cate-Maricopa game on Tuesday. The results of that game were not available at presstime.

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