The Lancers baseball team put in a valiant effort hosting West Los Angeles College, but were edged 10-9 in extra innings on Feb. 16 at Jackie Robinson Memorial Field. PCC lost the game in the tenth inning, marking the third one-run loss at home this season.
After falling behind 6-1, freshman starting pitcher Tim Shiba allowed a three-run home run to West LA left fielder Johnny Davis in the top of the fourth inning. Then the Lancers furiously rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-6 lead.
“The thing that I preach to the guys is putting the ball in play while applying constant and continuous pressure on the other team,” said Head Coach Evan O’Meara, who was proud of his team’s ability to battle back into the game.
PCC was sparked in the fourth inning by RBI doubles from sophomore first baseman David Halstead and sophomore shortstop Josh Clark. The Lancers scored their sixth run of the inning off of sophomore second baseman Tyler Dominguez’s RBI single to left field.
Dominguez, who had three hits, two RBI’s and two walks on the day, has compiled a solid .318 batting average to go along with seven hits and four RBI’s this season. Teammate David Halstead pointed out Dominguez’s importance to the team.
“He’s very consistent with the bat and was one of our top hitters last year,” said Halstead. “He’s always been a team leader. He’s one of those guys that everybody knows.”
Sophomore pitcher Evan Stransky, despite having a nagging knee injury, took over for Shiba in the fourth inning. He pitched into the seventh inning while surrendering only one run during that span. Assistant Coach David Walters is content with Stransky’s progress.
“He’s learning about his new mechanics and he’s about a month behind where he normally would be,” said Coach Walters. “So I’m pretty happy with what I’ve seen from him so far and he’s going to keep growing.”
After pitching a scoreless eighth inning advancing into the ninth inning with an 8-7 lead, Lancers sophomore pitcher Spencer Stute had two outs with runners at first and second base. West LA’s Johnny Davis came back to haunt PCC again, smacking a triple down the left field line that scored both runners.
The Lancers managed to even the score at 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but PCC was unable to respond to West LA third baseman Jose Munoz’s RBI single in the top of the tenth inning.
“We need to learn how to close the deal,” said Coach O’Meara. “They did battle today and refused to give in when they got down early. This is a team that’s trying to find itself right now.”