An extremely frustrating day on offense summed up the loss for Lancers baseball on Feb. 22 as the team fell 7-3 toÂ Grossmont CollegeÂ atÂ Jackie RobinsonÂ Memorial Field.
All three of the Lancer runs were scored in the bottom of the ninth inning, as freshman catcher Cameron Silva knocked in two runs on a single followed by freshman outfielder Angelo Robledo who scored on a wild pitch.
Sloppy base running and poor situational hitting hurt the Lancers all game, having grounded into five double plays while leaving nine runners on base.
â€œThe middle of the lineup was not producing for us,â€ said Head Coach Evan O’Meara. â€œThe pitching did what they could to keep us in it.â€
The Lancers managed to use eight pitchers on the day, who overall were solid despite giving up three runs in the second and eighth innings. Freshman reliever Jamie La Pointe pitched in his first game, striking out the first two hitters he faced in the seventh inning.
â€œBecause we used the eight pitchers it helped a lot of our arms stay warm,â€ said La Pointe. â€œI think I did pretty well, but there’s still things to work on.â€
A standout on offense for the Lancers was freshman left fielder Kori Grant, who made his first start of the season memorable with two hits and a sacrifice bunt.
â€œIt was good to have Kori out there,â€ said Coach O’Meara. â€œWe just need to keep him focused and working in the right direction.â€
With conference games starting March 5, sophomore shortstop Josh Clark stressed the importance of staying upbeat as a team going forward.
â€œIt’s good to get out there feeling confident and loose,â€ said Clark. â€œIt’s really nice to let things flow and anything we can build on right now, we’ll take it.â€
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