Eagle Baseball Falls in Opening Round of Play-offs
The MSJC baseball team saw their season come to an end on Tuesday as they lost an opening round game in the CCCAA Southern California Regionals to visiting Fullerton 14-2.
The Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning when they rallied to score four times with two outs, the big blow in the inning was a bases loaded double off the bat of Justin Row that cleared the bases. Eagles starting pitcher Zevon Benoit settled in for the next couple of innings, and the MSJC offense had a chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the fourth. Josh Minder drove home Bryan Derzern with an RBI single and the Eagles had the bases loaded with just one out, but a double play by the Hornets ended the threat and Fullerton led after four 4-1. Fullerton took over from there as they scored 3 times in the fifth and 3 more times in the 6th to put the contest out of reach. The Eagles second run of the day came on a monstrous solo homerun from Nick Gonzales in the bottom of the sixth.
Along with Minder and Gonzales' RBIs, Johnny Silvas went 3 for 4 for the Eagles offense and J.T. Brown, Derzern, and Steven Ybarra each had a hit a piece. Benoit, who led the Eagles in victories this season, took the loss on the mound after throwing 5 innings. Brett Martin, Jeramy Smith, Adam Fields, and Alec Escalante combined to pitch the final four innings.
MSJC, who was making their second play-off appearance in the last four seasons, finished the season 20-17. Fullerton officially improved to 16-21, despite their on field record being 27-10, the Hornets were forced to forfeit 11 wins this season. Fullerton moves on to a three game series this weekend at Glendale.
Bryan Derzern scores the Eagles first run of the day (right), and Nick Gonzales smashes a solo homerun (left), but the MSJC baseball team could not hold off Fullerton in an opening round game in the CCCAA Southern California Regional. The Hornets won 14-2 and the Eagles finished the season with a record of 20-17. (Renzy Reyes/MSJC).