PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Mettle baseball team was glad to close the book on the month of June.

The Mettle went 2-4 last week to end its first month with a 6-17 record, eight games back of the first place San Rafael Pacifics in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball.

Pittsburg went 1-2 in a three-game set against the Pacifics from June 24-26.

The Mettle's one win in the series came in the second game, as starting pitcher James LoPresti allowed just two hits and one earned run in six innings to lead his team to a 5-2 win.

Pittsburg finished with nine hits and scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. In the rally, infielder Aaron Miles had a two-RBI double and Mike Taylor hit a two-run homer.

Ernie Munoz capped the scoring for the Mettle in the sixth inning with an RBI single that scored Nash Hutter from second base. Munoz, Hutter and Miles each finished with two hits.

Pittsburg would lose the first two games of its series against the Vallejo Admirals before coming back to earn a 7-3 win on June 29.

Mettle starter Marquis Pettis pitched a complete game, striking out nine and allowing just two earned runs to improve his record to 2-1 this season.

Trailing 1-0, Pittsburg scored four runs in the fourth inning, sending nine batters to the plate, to take the lead for good. Chris DiBiasi and Mark Leacox both had RBI singles in the rally.


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The Mettle tacked on two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh as it finished with 11 hits. DiBiasi and Justin James each had three hits, Leacox finished with three RBIs and Brad Shannon went 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs.

Pittsburg did have some bright spots in June. Miles led the league with a .358 batting average, Tim Battle had a league-best five home runs and pitcher Rob Ellis had a 1.90 ERA, as he allowed just four earned runs with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings.

Pittsburg started July with three games in Vallejo against the Stompers, after this newspaper went to press.

The Mettle returns home for six games, starting with a July 4 contest against the Sonoma Stompers to start a three-game set.

First pitch for the July 4 game is 1 p.m.

The Mettle hosts San Rafael for three games July 8-10.