A collegiate baseball season is a long, tough grind that only a few can tough out. Playing 40 games while balancing school work and your social life is not an easy accomplishment. Even after all the hard work and dedication a player puts himself through, it can ultimately end up in disappointment. That is what unfortunately happened to Pasadena City College’s baseball team for the third straight year.
Following a playoff loss to El Camino, the Lancers baseball team concluded their season. For some players it meant another year to chase a title while for others it meant the end of their playing career at PCC. For Gordon Ingebritson it meant an end to a historically dominant era of pitching and the beginning of the next stage of his baseball career at UC Irvine next year.
The Lancers triumphed over Citrus College in its SoCal Regional Play-In Round game, 3-1, advancing to play in the first round the Super Regionals. The Lancers scored all of their runs in the first inning. Two singles and a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Ryan Lewis put runners on second and third. Left fielder Edward Manzo hit a grounder up the middle and the Owls shortstop fumbled it, resulting in a costly error and permitting the first run of the game. When bases were loaded a …
Going into the final week of play, the Lancers held their own destiny needing to win both games against Cerritos to guarantee a spot in the Southern California Regional Playoffs for the third straight year and they did so by setting new school records and outscoring the Falcons 22-9 in the series.
The Lancers suffered two bruising losses in their 3-game series against the East Los Angeles Huskies, endangering their first place position in the South Coast Conference North Division.
The Lancers interconference matchup saw a potential late inning comeback and controversial calls in a 5-4 loss on Tuesday afternoon to LA Harbor.
PCC’s baseball team made sure they did not miss out on the opportunity to score, as shown by their explosive offensive production. In their last two home games, the Lancers combined for a total of 19 runs at Jackie Robinson Field with an 8-5 win against Oxnard and an impressive 11-1 win against Glendale improving their record to 6-3
Stellar pitching and dogged perseverance helped the Lancers add two more games to their impressive winning streak.
As the 2017-2018 academic year comes to a close, so does all of the sports that PCC competes in. This year was a one to be proud of if you were a Lancer athlete as six teams made the playoffs, and three brought back championships.
As the game winded down during the ninth inning, Patrick Pena leaned in to pitch the ball, hurling it into the catcher’s mitt, snapping the Lancer’s 6-game losing streak with a 4-3 win against Compton.