The hits just keep coming for Benedictine-Mesa. The Redhawks, in their first season of baseball in the California Pacific Conference, won its first game in program history last week and followed that up by winning the 4Him Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. BenU racked up four wins over the three-day tournament, capped by an 11-2 victory over Adams State in the championship game on Saturday.
Thursday, February 2
4HIM TOURNAMENT, in Phoenix, Ariz.
ARIZONA CHRISTIAN 7, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 5: The Firestorm put up five runs in the first inning and held on for the win over the Sea Beggars. After using a double play to create 1-2-3 top of the first, ACU saw eight of its first nine batters reach base safely in the bottom of the first. Trailing 6-0 in the 4th, PCC got a two-run blast from Adam Vargas to cut into the lead. The Firestorm added an insurance run in their half of the 6th, but the Sea Beggars rallied with three runs in their final at bat. With one out, pinch hitter CJ Perez doubled, and Noah Leslie followed with single to bring Perez home. Following a strike out for the second out of the inning, Matt Upton walked, and then Frank Manriquez plated Leslie and Upton with a double down the left field line. Vargas finished the game going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI for PCC, now 0-3 on the season.
BENEDICTINE-MESA 7, COLORADO CHRISTIAN 0: The Redhawks got off to a great start in the 4Him Tournament by blanking the Cougars in the first round. The offense got going for BenU in the third inning with four runs, due in large part to a Nicholas Maldonado RBI-single and an RBI-double from Travis Hunt to make it 5-0. Maldonado added some insurance in the seventh with a two-run homer. The seven runs were more than enough for starter Skyler Sylvester, who went the distance, allowing just two hits and striking out seven. Maldonado went 2-for-3 with three RBI, and Christian Camacho also went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Redhawks, now 3-4 on the season.
Friday, February 3
ANTELOPE VALLEY 7, SAINT KATHERINE 6B, at Lancaster, Calif.
An error by the Firebirds in the bottom of the 9th allowed the winning run to score and gave the Pioneers their first win of the season. Trailing 4-2 in the 7th, UAV plated four runs to jump in front of SKC, only to surrender a pair of runs in the next frame and even the score at 6-6, setting up the dramatic finish in the final at bat. Tyler Pittmon went 3-for-4, including a bases-loaded triple in the 7th, and drove in four for the Pioneers, now 1-4 on the season.
4HIM TOURNAMENT, in Phoenix, Ariz.
BENEDICTINE-MESA 9, UNIVERSITY OF MARY 0: The Redhawks scored all nine of their runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. Travis Hunt kicked off the hit parade with a two-run jack to left field. From there, the Redhawks scored one more in the 3rd and opened the floodgates in the 4th with a six-run frame. Diego Johnson went 2-for-2 at the plate for BenU, now 4-4 on the season. The barrage of runs was more than enough for starter Trent Gregory, who pitched a complete game shutout, scattering six hits and striking out four batters.
BENEDICTINE-MESA 3, No. 11 THE MASTER'S 2: Down two runs, the Redhawks had to make a comeback in their second game against the nationally ranked Mustangs. TMU got out to a 2-0 lead after the 3rd, but BenU chipped into the lead with a run from Chandler Crow in the 4th. The Redhawks completed the comeback in the top of the 7th when Isaac Parra ripped a double into the gap that scored Johnny Garcia and Diego Johnson to give them a 3-2 lead. Garcia and Crow each had two hits in the game. Andrew Schaner picked up the win in relief, pitching two perfect innings, striking out three, after picking up for Jacob Gangelhoff, who worked a solid five innings.
PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 7, BETHESDA 1: The Sea Beggars put up two runs in the 2nd and five more in the 4th to extinguish the Flames and earn their first win of the season. Leadoff hitter Matt Upton went 3-for-3 at the plate, and Jacob Castro and Noah Leslie each added two hits in the nine-hit PCC attack. Jaryd Weakley tossed seven innings to earn the victory, scattering five hits and striking out four. PCC is now 1-3 on the season.
ADAMS STATE 6, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 3: In their second game of the day, the Sea Beggars avoided a shutout by plating three runs in the bottom of the 7th against the Grizzlies. The big hit of the inning was a two-run pinch-hit home run by Steven Zermeno. Frank Manriquez drove in the other run with an RBI-single. PCC is now 1-4 overall.
Saturday, February 4
ANTELOPE VALLEY 4-13, SAINT KATHERINE 0-3, at Lancaster, Calif.
The Pioneers completed the sweep of the three-game series with the Firebirds. In the opener of the culminating doubleheader, Gilberto Arroyo threw seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and fanning five. Chris Gutierrez came in relief and completed the shutout over the final two innings. UAV's offense did most of its damage in the bottom of the 1st with three runs. Tyler Pittmon hit his second triple in as many games to bring home the first run and then crossed home for the second run on a Jake Harrison double. Harrison scored on a wild pitch. UAV's final run came on a sacrifice fly by Darron Teson in the 6th. Pittmon and Harrison each finished with two hits in the contest. In the nightcap, the Pioneers put up a season-high 13 runs in the 7-inning game. UAV erupted for seven runs in the 5th, sparked by a two-run triple off the bat of Adam Maciel. Luke Smith's single through the shortstop hole brought in Maciel for the third run of the inning, and, with the bases loaded, a single up the middle by Travis Holm singled up the middle to bring home two more. Pittmon brought the final two runs with a single into center field. Maciel, Smith, and Cory McKendrick each had two hits and two RBI for the Pioneers. Ronny Davis completed six innings of work on the mound with six strikeouts and just two earned runs. SKC managed only six hits off him. Justin Stark sealed the victory for the Pioneers in the final inning with two pop-outs and a groundout, improving UAV's season mark to 3-4.
4HIM TOURNAMENT, in Phoenix, Ariz.
BENEDICTINE-MESA 11, ADAMS STATE 2: The Redhawks blasted the Grizzlies to complete the four-game sweep to the 4Him Tournament championship. The two teams entered the 5th inning tied at 2-2, with the Redhawks scoring on an RBI-double from Christian Camacho in the third and a Nicholas Maldonado solo home run in the 4th. BenU blew the game open with nine runs in the bottom of the 5th, the big hit being a three-run double by Diego Johnson. Johnny Garcia went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs while Camacho finished with two hits and two RBI in four trips to the plate. Daniel Tyler picked up the win, pitching five innings and allowing just two runs. Sebastian Espinoza and Ivan Alvarez pitched two innings in scoreless relief to help the Redhawks improve to 6-4 on the season.
No. 11 THE MASTER'S 7, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 3: Trailing 4-3 after six innings, the Sea Beggars stayed right with the Mustangs until the 7th inning, when TMU scored three times to earn the win. PCC, now 1-5, finished with just six hits, two from Matt Upton.
Sunday, February 5
LA SIERRA 12-6, CALTECH 1-5, at Pasadena, Calif.
The Golden Eagles, rained out since last Sunday's doubleheader split with the Beavers, picked up two victories over Caltech this Sunday to even their overall mark at 3-3. LSU pounded out 11 hits in the 12-run opener, posting multiple-run frames four times. Josh Jubile collected three hits in three trips to the plate and drove in a pair of runs. Justin Jordan and Andrew Lundstrom each added two hits. Jeffrey Guerrero picked up the win with six innings of work on the mound. In the second game, the Golden Eagles had to rally for the win. LSU put up two runs in the 1st, but the Beavers answered with four of their own in the home half of the inning. The Golden Eagles cut that deficit in half with a run in the 3rd and then tied the game at 4-4 in the 4th. Caltech inched in front in the bottom of the 4th with a run, but LSU responded with two in the 5th, and that would prove to be enough. Jubile and his second three-hit game of the day, including a pair of doubles, and finished the two-game set 6-for-7. Daniel Wray also had three hits for LSU, and Matt Mahjer drove in three runs with a two-run single in the 1st and a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
No. 1 LEWIS-CLARK 4, ANTELOPE VALLEY 1, at Lancaster, Calif.
The top-ranked Warriors snapped the Pioneers' three-game win streak with outstanding pitching and timely hitting. UAV, now 3-5 overall, managed just three hits, one a pinch-hit RBI-single by Travis Holm in the 8th.