PCC baseball snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-5 win over LA Harbor, but lost yet another conference series 2-1.
At the start of the first game, the Lancers played good defense and made only one error, while LA Harbor had two, giving the offense full advantage. PCC managed to tie the game at five in the seventh inning.
But their main struggle was on the mound, where they squandered a total of seven runs at the bottom of the eighth to lose the game 12-6.
“We have to do a better job of playing all three areas of the game: pitching, hitting and defense,” head coach Pat McGee said. “We’ve been putting two of three together but not all three.”
Following their first loss, PCC stepped on the field at home and played a competitive game right off the bat.
Although sophomore starting pitcher Anthony Mizrahi walked the Seahawks first hitter, he redeemed himself with a double play when he dove for a pop-up hit by Seahawks third baseman Jeysen Delgado then threw to first base to get the second out as the runner attempted to tag.
In the bottom of the third inning, with two runners on base and two outs, the Lancers hit back-to-back runs batted in (RBIs).
The sequences started with designated hitter Jeremy Conant, who hit a single to centerfield and brought in shortstop Alex Briggs from second base. With energy thriving, right fielder Anthony Rabito also hit a single to centerfield and brought in Jacob Navarro, who advanced to third base during the previous play.
“Offensively we did really well,” Briggs said. “We had guys come up big in places where they needed to.”
The Seahawks trailed by two runs and started to lose their grip.
Mizrahi was stressing out LA Harbor every time they went up to bat, forcing them to swing in desperation. He had a total of four strikeouts during the game.
The Lancers were doing a great job of backing up Mizrahi and putting pressure on the Seahawks’ batters.
“Anthony gave us great leadership. He pitched with a lot of heart,” McGee said. “He set the tempo early in the game.”
LA Harbor quickly responded with two runs at the top of the seventh and eighth innings, taking the 5-3 lead. Despite falling back two runs the Lancers didn’t settle. Instead, they turned things around and rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth.
“We’re back on track … we put up a ten-spot compared to putting up a six-spot last game,” Conant said.
Conant had three RBIs on the day, bringing him to a total of 19 on the season. Briggs was right behind him, getting two RBIs in the game tallying 14 in total. PCC had 17 hits on the day resulting in a win against LA Harbor 10-5.
The Lancers definitely had better control of executing the three areas of the game McGee mentioned that the team lacked in the first game of the series.
“Our guys have been showing a lot of resiliency late in games, especially offensively and we continue to do that,” McGee said.
When they faced the Seahawks on Saturday, they came close to another win but didn’t follow through, losing the game 5-4.
However, they played solid with a one-point deficit and finished with zero errors.
The Lancers were able to hit many balls, two of which flew out to the wall, and the team didn’t strikeout. The defense also completed four diving plays out of the five opportunities they had.
As they battled back and forth with LA Harbor in the ninth inning, they couldn’t complete the comeback.
Though these close games have become a reoccurrence, the team has shown progress, making it clear that they have taken huge strides to be competitive in a short amount of time.
The Lancers play another three-game conference series against Cerritos College. The first game is an away game on Tuesday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m., followed by a home game at Brookside Park on Thursday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m., and they close the series with an away game on Saturday, April 9 at 12 p.m.