Soledad-Pacific Grove baseball

Two programs, whose cupboards were filled with youth and questions when the season started, now find themselves chasing supremacy in the Mission Trail Athletic League.
 While five teams remain in the league title hunt over the final two weeks, only two control their own fate in Soledad and Pacific Grove.
 Separated by one game, the league leading Breakers will host Soledad Wednesday, with the teams flipping sites on Friday.
 Meaning Pacific Grove could end the week with no worse than a share of the MTAL title, or find themselves sitting a game out with two remaining.
 Pacific Grove is doing it with youth as three freshmen and seven sophomores are occupying time on the field this spring.
 What's intriguing about the Breakers is they remain winless outside the MTAL at 0-9, having fallen to Scotts Valley last Wednesday.
 Yet, it's been a different tune in league play as Pacific Grove rattled off 11 consecutive league wins to open the season before suffering its first and only league loss.
 The Aztecs have been the opposite, having won a county high 19 games, derailing Greenfield's bid for a league title after sweeping them last week.
 What Soledad has in common with the Breakers is its run at a title has come with six new faces in the lineup this spring, including freshman Ben Pajas, who leads the team in runs batted in.
 The Aztecs have relied on the stability of senior Adrian Lopez on the mound, as he has won seven games this spring, and leads the team in hits along with junior Isaac Lopez.
 Adrian Lopez will likely get the start on Wednesday while sophomore Hunter Hanes is the projected starter for the Breakers.
 Hanes has won six games this year, tossing a complete game with eight strikeouts in his last outing against Stevenson.
 Two more sophomores having solid seasons at the plate include Trevor Heyn, who leads the team in hits and Jack Sendell, an RBI machine in league play for Pacific Grove.

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