BenU, UAV, and MCU Tied at Top of Cal Pac Standings
Baseball - Mon, Apr. 17, 2017
With a little more than two weeks remaining on the regular season schedule, the California Pacific Conference has three times locked in a tie at the top of the standings. Benedictine-Mesa, Antelope Valley, and Marymount California finished last week's conference play all knotted at 15-6. La Sierra and Simpson are tied for second at 8-13.
Monday, April 10
SIMPSON 4, (RV) BENEDICTINE-MESA 1, at Redding, Calif.
The Red Hawks handed the Redhawks their first series loss in conference play. With the loss, BenU falls 13-5 in conference and 25-14 overall, tied with Marymount California for second place and a game a half behind Antelope Valley in the Cal Pac standings. SU is now 7-11 in Cal Pac play and 12-25 on the season. Jarret Kirby earned the win for SU, pitching 7.2 innings and allowing just one run on six hits while striking out five. Alfred Souza earned his first save of the season after getting the last two outs in the 9th. SU allowed one or fewer runs in a game for the third time this season, and the offense provided more than enough with single runs in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings, two coming off solo home runs. Derrick Kuhn went 3-for-4 with a solo shot in the 3rd, his second home run of the year, Latrell Harris added two hits and an RBI for the Red Hawks, and Rath Mosely drilled a solo shot in the 4th. BenU's David Ortiz had two hits, and the team's sole run came on Andy Verke, Jr.'s double in the 8th.
Wednesday, April 12
THE MASTER'S 14, MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 5, at Santa Clarita, Calif.
The Mustangs ran away from the Mariners in a non-conference contest. TMU produced its second-highest run total of the season, garnering their seventh game in a row. MCU scored a run in the 2nd on a wild pitch and then scored twice in both the 4th and 9th innings. In the 4th, the first run came off an error, and the second crossed home on a suicide squeeze by Dylan McConnell. The final two runs were the result of a Josh Mingura double and a ground out by Cole Henderson. The Mariners totaled only five hits in the game, two off the bat of Omar Avila. MCU is now 18-14 this season.
Thursday, April 13
LA SIERRA 7, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 0, at Riverside, Calif.
The Golden Eagles opened a three-game series with the Sea Beggars with a shutout win. LSU scored all seven runs over three consecutive innings, while the pitching staff held PCC to just two hits on the afternoon. The scoring started in the 3rd when the Golden Eagles capitalized on two throwing errors to push two runs across the plate. The inning was capped off by a two-run double by Craig Woolson. Matt Zimprich added another run in the bottom of the 4th with a pinch-hit home run to up the lead to 5-0, and David Roman followed with a two-run shot of his own in the 5th to round out the scoring for LSU. Starting pitcher Thomas Peterson picked up his second consecutive win after giving up two hits, three walks, and striking out six in five innings of work. Gabriel Gonzalez and Noah Ford each pitched two perfect innings in relief to secure the victory. Matt Majher and Andrew Lundstrom both finished with two hits and scored a run in the game for the Golden Eagles, now 6-13 in Cal Pac action and 14-21 overall. Richard Lucatero and Frank Manriquez both went 1-for-2 for PCC, which falls to 2-16 in conference and 6-29 on the season.
Friday, April 14
MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 9, SIMPSON 2, at Compton, Calif.
The Mariners won the opener of the three-game set with the Red Hawks. SU got on the scoreboard in the opening frame, plating a pair of runs on a single off the bot of Chase Dillon, but that was all the offense the Red Hawks would produce. MCU took the lead in the 3rd with four runs, two coming off a double by Andrew Banuelos, then Omar Avila delivered an RBI-single, and the final run of the frame came home on an error. MCU scored a run in the 4th on Eric Fields's double, another run came in the 5th on another error, and then the Mariners put it out of reach with two more in the 6th on Randy Rubio's two-run blast to left. MCU picked up another run in the 8th when Alex Golembiewski doubled. Avila finished with three hits in the game, and Fields and Kevin Lopez each added two. Biagio Schutt tossed eight innings, scattering five hits while striking out eight for MCU, now 14-5 in conference and 20-15 overall. The Red Hawks fall to 7-12 in Cal Pac action and 12-26 on the season.
(RV) BENEDICTINE-MESA 5, ANTELOPE VALLEY 3, at Mesa, Ariz.
The Redhawks picked up the win to start a key three-game set against the Pioneers. UAV struck first by putting up a single run in the 2nd when Jake Harrison opened the frame with a double and scored on Luke Smith's single. BenU did not get on the scoreboard until the 4th, when Johnny Garcia's bunt brought home the tying run, and the Redhawks took the lead on an RBI-groundout by Isaac Parra. BenU tallied insurance runs in the 6th and 7th innings to put some distance between them and the Pioneers. Christian Camacho tripled home the first run in the 6th and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Diego Johnson. In the 7th, Hayden Luff to make it a four-run game with a one-out RBI single. Those runs helped starter Jacob Gangelhoff, who surrendered two runs to the Pioneers in the 8th when William Garcia doubled home to runners. Gangelhoff closed out the inning and went the distance, allowing just eight hits and three runs all while striking out five. Parra, Camacho, Andy Verke, Jr., and Andrew Apodaca all recorded three-hit games for BenU, which improved to 14-5 in the Cal Pac and 26-14 on the season. Adam Maciel went 3-for-4, and Harrison finished with two hits for UAV, also 14-5 in conference and 24-15 overall.
LA SIERRA 13-13, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 3-12, at Riverside, Calif.
The Golden Eagles swept the doubleheader and the three-game series with the Sea Beggars. LSU rolled in the first game but had to play catch-up in the second game to narrowly outscore PCC. The Golden Eagles put up five runs in the first two innings and blew the game open with seven in the 8th. Craig Woolson and Matt Zimprich each had two hits for LSU. Woolson and Justin Jordan each drove in three runs for the Golden Eagles. Adam Vargas accounted for two of PCC's three runs when he singled home a run in the 5th and led off the 7th with a solo home run. He finished the game going 2-for-4, joining Steven Zermeno as the only Sea Beggars with two hits. The second game was a wild one, totaling 25 runs on 32 hits and seven errors. PCC scored in the 2nd, but LSU put up two in the 3rd. The Sea Beggars regained the lead with two runs in the 5th and added another in the 6th, and appeared to run away with the game by plating six in the 7th to go up 10-2. But the Golden Eagles erupted for 10 runs in the home half of the 7th to take a 12-10 lead. PCC tied the game with two more runs in the top of the 9th, but LSU won it with a run in its final at bat. Five Golden Eagle batters totaled two hits in the contest: Thomas Martinez, Larson Anzaldo, Matt Majher, Andrew Lundstrom, and Woolson, who hit a home run in the game. PCC's Matthew Upton, Richard Lucatero, and Noah Leslie each totaled three hits in the game, and Christian Prado, Frank Manriquez, Alec Ortiz, and Zermeno each finished with two hits. With the two wins, LSU improves to 8-13 in the Cal Pac and 16-21 overall, while PCC slips to 2-19 in conference and 6-32 for the year.
Saturday, April 15
ANTELOPE VALLEY 12-5, (RV) BENEDICTINE-MESA 0-7, at Mesa, Ariz.
The Redhawks split their doubleheader with the Pioneers, giving them the edge in the three-game series and creating a three-way tie at the top of the Cal Pac standings. BenU, UAV, and Marymount California are all knotted up at 15-6 in Cal Pac play with three weeks left in regular season competition. BenU is 27-15 this season, and UAV is now 25-16 overall. In the first game, Dallas Litscher turned in an impressive performance on the mound for UAV, allowing just three hits while striking out five in seven shutout innings of work. Neither team scored in the first two innings, but the Pioneers broke through with two runs in the 3rd when Darron Teson hit a one-out solo home run and Mikey Pereznegron scored on Tyler Pittmon's ground out. UAV put the game out of reach by posting crooked numbers in the final three innings. The Pioneers scored twice in the 5th, four times on six hits during a two-out rally in the 6th, and added four more in the 7th after batting around the order. The big blow in the final inning was a bases-loaded double by Breyer Gayle that cleared the bases. Gayle and Adam Maciel each had three hits and three RBI, and Teson added three hits of his own and drove in a pair. Pereznegron and Luke Smith both finished with two hits. BenU bounced back in game two, triggered by a leadoff, solo home run from Nicholas Maldonado. The Pioneers responded in the 4th with two runs when Jake Harrison cleared the left field fence, but BenU answered in the home half of the frame when Chandler Crow singled home Christian Camacho. The Redhawks took the lead for good in the 5th inning, getting an RBI-single from Isaac Parra and a sacrifice fly from Camacho to take a 4-2 lead. The Redhawks added single runs in the 6th on Andrew Apodaca's double, in the 7th on Maldonado's second home run of the game, and again in the 8th with a David Ortiz solo shot to right. BenU would need every one of those runs as the Pioneers rallied for three runs in the 9th. Maciel doubled home the first run, and Pittmon made it a two-run game with a two-run homer, but Joey Covert came on in relief and shut the door, striking out the final batter to earn the save. Maldonado had three hits to pace the BenU offense, and Parra, Crow, and Apodaca each added two hits. UAV's Pereznegron had three hits in five trips to the plate, while Maciel, Pittmon, and Gayle each finished with two hits.
SIMPSON 5-11, MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA 6-7, at Compton, Calif.
The Mariners remained in a tie for first place in the Cal Pac after splitting two games with the visiting Red Hawks. MCU, now 15-6 in conference and 20-15 overall, is tied with Benedictine-Mesa and Antelope Valley at the top of the Cal Pac standings. SU, now 8-13 in conference and 13-27 overall, is tied with La Sierra for fourth. MCU won the opener with Randy Rubio's walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th. The Red Hawks led most of the first five innings, but the Mariners were able to stay within reach. SU was first on the scoreboard off an RBI-single by Wilson Kessel. MCU evened the score on Aaron Scognamillo's RBI-single in the 2nd, but SU moved back ahead with two in the 3rd on Latrell Harris's single and Chase Dillon's sacrifice fly. The Mariners got on top with three runs in the 6th. Omar Avila singled home the first run, Scognamillo plated the second on a sacrifice fly, and Cole Henderson doubled home the run that made it a 5-3 game. SU halved that lead on Kessel's run-scoring double in the 7th, and tied it with Rath Moseley's single in the 9th. In the home half of the frame, Rubio delivered with a one-out solo homer for the win. The Red Hawks prevented MCU from claiming sole possession of first by outscoring the Mariners in slugfest. The two teams combined for 18 runs on 29 hits as a total of 14 pitchers took the mound in the game. SU, which finished with 18 hits, scored six runs in the 3rd inning and four insurance runs in the 8th inning propelling Simpson to the victory. Trailing 11-4 going into the 9th, MCU made things interesting with a three-run rally, but the Red Hawks were able to hold on for the win. SU's Dillon, Casey Meyer, Garrett Yoder, and Derick Kuhn each had three hits, and Jared Bertotti and Michael Carlos both added two hits. Rubio paced MCU with three hits, and Scognamillo added two.