Marymount California, Benedictine-Mesa, and La Sierra each earned two victories in California Pacific Conference series last weekend. The Mariners, who also swept a pair of non-conference games with Morningside earlier in the week, took the final two games at Simpson, BenU grabbed two out of three at Antelope Valley, and the Golden Eagles outscored Providence Christian twice in a three-game set that saw a grand total of 67 runs by both teams. The winner of each game in that series scored double digit runs.
Tuesday, March 7
ANTELOPE VALLEY 7, SAINT KATHERINE 6, at Poway, Calif.
The Pioneers edged the Firebirds in a non-conference game to improve to 11-9 this season.
Wednesday, March 8
MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 6-8, MORNINGSIDE 3-6, at Compton, Calif.
The Mariners extended their win streak to five games with the sweep of the Mustangs. MCU, now 6-6 overall this season, took the lead in the first game with three runs in the 3rd, triggered by an Eric Fields home run. Ted Dilts followed with a single, and then Andrew Banuelos doubled to center field. Gregory Chavez brought them both home with a single. The Mariners scored a run in the 4th and 5th innings to go ahead 6-1. Morningside scored two more times, but not enough to catch MCU. Banuelos finished with three hits, and Fields and Chavez both contributed two hits and two RBI, and Dilts had two hits. The Mariners used eight different hurlers to win the nightcap, combining for six walks and two strikeouts with only eight hits allowed. MCU fell behind 3-0 in the 1st, but responded quickly in the bottom of the 2nd, scoring six runs--a deficit from which the Mustangs would not recover. MCU had seven hits in the second inning, including a three-run double by Fields. The Mariners are now 6-6 overall this season.
Friday, March 10
BENEDICTINE-MESA 6, ANTELOPE VALLEY 3, at Lancaster, Calif.
The Redhawks snapped the Pioneers' seven-game win streak with the win in the first of three conference games in two days. BenU jumped out in front 4-0 after five innings, but UAV plated a pair of runs in the 6th--the first off a Luke Smith sacrifice fly and the second on an RBI-single by Tyler Pittmon.
LA SIERRA 14, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 9, at Pasadena, Calif.
The Golden Eagles won the first of a three-game set with the Sea Beggars by pounding out 18 hits and scoring in double digits. Both teams scored in the 1st, LSU came up with a second run in the 2nd, and then erupted for five in the top of the 3rd. But PCC answered with six in its half of the 3rd to tie the game at 7-7. The Golden Eagles got two more across in the 4th, and built an 11-9 lead entering the 9th. In its final at bat, LSU pushed across three insurance runs to pick up its first Cal Pac win this season and now stand at 1-2 in conference and 9-10 overall. Matt Majher, who homered for the Golden Eagles, and Daniel Wray both went 3-for-4 at the plate. Majher drove in five runs. Trevor Resler, Craig Woolson, David Roman, Justin Jordan, and Andrew Lundstrom all had two hits, and Lundstrom drove in three runs. PCC, now 1-3 in conference and 4-16 overall, got three hits from Adam Vargas and two more from both Christian Prado and Anthony Reynoso.
Saturday, March 11
MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 3-5, SIMPSON 9-4, at Redding, Calif.
The Mariners and the Red Hawks split a doubleheader to start a three-game conference series. In the opener, SU scored three times in 1st, 4th, and 7th to cruise to its first Cal Pac win of the season. Cody Coggins put together another strong performance on the mound for the Red Hawks, allowing just two earned runs on five hits while striking four in his seven-inning stint. The Red Hawk offense scored a season-high nine runs and recorded 11 hits including a two-run home run for Derick Kuhn in the bottom of the 4th. Latrell Harris and Jared Bertotti each went 2-for-5 at the plate. MCU had seven different players with one hit, one a solo shot by Gregory Chavez. The second game went 12 innings before Cole Henderson doubled home Dylan McDonnell with two outs in the top half of the frame to give the Mariners a one-run lead. In their final at bat of the game, SU's Dillon Klement opened with a walk, pinch runner Garrett Yoder was moved up to second on a sacrifice, but was then thrown out trying to steal third. With two outs, Kuhn singled, but the game ended when Wilson Kessel lined out to short. MCU's Kevin Lopez, Eric Fields, and Henderson all had three hits in the game, and Ted Dilts added two in the 16-hit attack. MCU is now 4-1 in the Cal Pac and 7-7 on the season. Josh Dilg, Aaron Curfman, and Klement all had two hits for SU, now 1-4 in conference and 4-15 overall.
BENEDICTINE-MESA 1-5, ANTELOPE VALLEY 2-3, at Lancaster, Calif.
The Redhawks concluded the weekend series by splitting the doubleheader with the Pioneers. Runs were at a premium for both teams in the first game, but the UAV was able to scratch out one more run than BenU. All three runs were scored in the 2nd inning. The Redhawks scored on a Chandler Crow on an RBI-single in the top half of the frame, and the Pioneers responded with two on a Mikey Pereznegron double to left-center that plated Luke Smith and Easton Withers. UAV's Dallas Litscher went eight strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out 14. Layne Sutten came on in the 9th and retired all three batters he faced for the save. BenU's Skyler Sylvester's also had a solid performance on the mound, surrendering only four hits and two runs in his seven innings of work. Travis Hunt had two hits for the Redhawks. BenU took the second game behind a quality start from Daniel Tyler, who threw 6.1 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out three. The offense did enough behind him to secure the victory, getting a single run in the 7th and then putting three on the board in the 8th. The Redhawks tacked on an insurance run in their final at bat, which proved to be crucial after UAV cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the 9th before Sebastian Espinoza shut the door in earning the save. In the Pioneers' big inning, Withers opened with a double and then scored when the next batter, Breyer Gayle, single up the middle. Tyler Pittmon drove in the other two runs with a two-out double to deep left. Christian Camacho and Andy Verke, Jr. each had two hits, and Colton Corum drove in two runs for BenU, which is now 5-1 in Cal Pac play and 14-8 overall. UAV falls to 3-2 in conference and 12-11 overall.
Sunday, March 12
MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 10, SIMPSON 9, at Redding, Calif.
MCU held on to outscore the Red Hawks and take two out of three Cal Pac games on the road. SU's comeback fell just short after scoring five runs in the bottom of the 9th and getting the tying run into scoring position. The Red Hawks, down 10-4 going into their final at bat, chipped away at the MCU lead playing small ball--executing the fundamentals and taking extra bases when available. The first run in the rally scored on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Valadez, then a two-out infield single by Heath Boyles scored another. The third run crossed when Wilson Kessel singled to shallow left, and the final two came home on Rath Moseley's single. Moseley and Derick Kuhn each had two hits for the Red Hawks, with Moseley driving in three runs. MCU had its big rally in the 5th when the Mariners scored six times. Kevin Lopez tripled in the first run and scored when Eric Fields singled. With two on, Randy Rubio lifted a three-run homer to put the Mariners up 5-1, and an RBI-single by Alex Golembiewski added another run to the lead. MCU, now 5-1 in the Cal Pac and 8-7 overall, added three more in the 6th on an Andrew Banuelos three-run home run. Banuelos had a double, homer and four RBI while going 3-for-5 at the plate. Lopez, Golembiewski, Cole Henderson, and Gregory Chavez each had two hits for the Mariners.
LA SIERRA 16-9, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 7-12, at Pasadena, Calif.
The Golden Eagles and the Sea Beggars split the final two games of their three-game set. The Golden Eagles, who scored 14 runs in Friday's win over PCC, put up 16 more in the first game, which had a combined 23 runs and 30 hits between the two squads. LSU scored six times in the 2nd and again in the 8th to put the game out of reach. Craig Woolson, Matt Mahjer, and Daniel Wray each collected three hits in the game, one of Woolson's was a home run, and he finished with five RBI. Thomas Martinez added two hits for LSU. Three players had three hits for the Sea Beggars: Adam Vargas, Christian Prado, and Noah Leslie. Jacob Castro homered for PCC. In the series finale, it was the Sea Beggars that produced double-digit runs. PCC scored three times in the 1st, and after two runs in each of the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings, established an 11-4 lead, but the Golden Eagles rallied with four runs in the 9th to make things interesting. Matthew Upton had three hits for PCC, and Anthony Reynoso, Vargas, and Leslie each contributed two hits, and Castro hit his second home run of the day. The Sea Beggars are now 2-4 in the Cal Pac and 6-16 overall. LSU's Josh Jubile pounded out four hits in five trips to the plate, and Richard Sandoval, Andrew Lundstrom, and Mahjer each added two hits. One of Mahjer's was a home run. The Golden Eagles are now 2-3 in conference and 10-11 overall.