Women Run the Show

Pacifics Win in Siegal’s Managerial Debut

By: Elsie Lopez

June 29, 2016

San Rafael, CA - 

When Brent Gillespie stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 4th, the Pacifics hadn’t seen much success off Sonoma starter Jose Flores (2-2), who had looked dominant through the first three frames. That all changed when Gillespie launched a booming triple to right-center though, scoring Chase Tucker for San Rafael’s first run of the game. A Maikel Jova sac fly gave the Pacifics their first lead of the series, and starting pitcher Nick DeBarr never looked back on a historical night at Albert Park, which saw Justine Siegal become the first woman to manage a professional baseball team.

“It was really amazing.  I was really lucky to have Matt (Kavanagh) helping me out, getting me into the rhythm of the team” said Pacifics Manager Justine Siegal. 

DeBarr made things easy on her, delivering a phenomenal start.  After a shaky first inning saw Sonoma plate one, DeBarr (3-1) was virtually perfect over the next five, allowing just one runner when he hit Mark Hurley in the fifth. Though he ran into some trouble in the 7th, DeBarr finished his night going seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out eight.

The Pacifics lead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, and collected another three runs courtesy of RBI singles from Tucker and Jake Taylor, as well as a run-scoring groundout from Gillespie, extending their lead to 5-1, when Tucker and Taylor each delivered RBI singles.

Pacifics manager Justine Siegal stepped out to the mound when DeBarr was struggling with bases loaded and only one out in the top of the 7th.  Siegal decided to leave DeBarr in the game, and the move paid off: DeBarr limited the damage to just one run, and finished the inning with a 5-2 lead.

Siegal managed the bullpen well, calling upon Brandon Warner and Nate Gercken for the eighth and ninth respectively. Warner and Gercken combined to allow one run on three hits to preserve the Pacifics win and push the Pacifics back into a tie for first place in the Pacific Association first half standings.

The Pacifics will conclude their series with Sonoma tomorrow at Albert Park.  First pitch is at 7:05PM and Justine Siegal will continue to manage the Pacifics tomorrow night.  Presented by the Marin Women’s Commission and AT&T, the first 400 fans through the gates will receive a “Women Run the Show” t-shirt in honor of Siegal.  Ladies, show off your girl power by wearing your current or past sports team jersey.  Any girl to wear her team’s jersey will be granted free admission into the park. For tickets and more information, please visit pacfiicsbaseball.com.  Live coverage of tomorrow’s game can be found on the radio at pacificsbaseball.com or on Twitter by following @SRPacifics.

 

"> Women Run the Show

Pacifics Win in Siegal’s Managerial Debut

By: Elsie Lopez

June 29, 2016

San Rafael, CA - 

When Brent Gillespie stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 4th, the Pacifics hadn’t seen much success off Sonoma starter Jose Flores (2-2), who had looked dominant through the first three frames. That all changed when Gillespie launched a booming triple to right-center though, scoring Chase Tucker for San Rafael’s first run of the game. A Maikel Jova sac fly gave the Pacifics their first lead of the series, and starting pitcher Nick DeBarr never looked back on a historical night at Albert Park, which saw Justine Siegal become the first woman to manage a professional baseball team.

“It was really amazing.  I was really lucky to have Matt (Kavanagh) helping me out, getting me into the rhythm of the team” said Pacifics Manager Justine Siegal. 

DeBarr made things easy on her, delivering a phenomenal start.  After a shaky first inning saw Sonoma plate one, DeBarr (3-1) was virtually perfect over the next five, allowing just one runner when he hit Mark Hurley in the fifth. Though he ran into some trouble in the 7th, DeBarr finished his night going seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out eight.

The Pacifics lead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, and collected another three runs courtesy of RBI singles from Tucker and Jake Taylor, as well as a run-scoring groundout from Gillespie, extending their lead to 5-1, when Tucker and Taylor each delivered RBI singles.

Pacifics manager Justine Siegal stepped out to the mound when DeBarr was struggling with bases loaded and only one out in the top of the 7th.  Siegal decided to leave DeBarr in the game, and the move paid off: DeBarr limited the damage to just one run, and finished the inning with a 5-2 lead.

Siegal managed the bullpen well, calling upon Brandon Warner and Nate Gercken for the eighth and ninth respectively. Warner and Gercken combined to allow one run on three hits to preserve the Pacifics win and push the Pacifics back into a tie for first place in the Pacific Association first half standings.

The Pacifics will conclude their series with Sonoma tomorrow at Albert Park.  First pitch is at 7:05PM and Justine Siegal will continue to manage the Pacifics tomorrow night.  Presented by the Marin Women’s Commission and AT&T, the first 400 fans through the gates will receive a “Women Run the Show” t-shirt in honor of Siegal.  Ladies, show off your girl power by wearing your current or past sports team jersey.  Any girl to wear her team’s jersey will be granted free admission into the park. For tickets and more information, please visit pacfiicsbaseball.com.  Live coverage of tomorrow’s game can be found on the radio at pacificsbaseball.com or on Twitter by following @SRPacifics.

 

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