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Sparkling Pitching By Smith, Emerson Help Baseball Split DH With AVC

Sparkling Pitching By Smith, Emerson Help Baseball Split DH With AVC image

Brilliant pitching starts by sophomore Brett Smith and transfer Will Emerson have given the Pasadena City College baseball team reason to be excited after the pair limited host Antelope Valley College to just one run in splitting a 2012 season-opening doubleheader Saturday.

In game 1, Smith, a 2011 letterman, scattered five hits and five walks over eight strong innings and combined with closer Marco Ordaz (one inning, one hit) for a 4-0 PCC shutout victory. In game 2, Emerson, a 6-foot-3 right-hander with a hard fastball, was the hard-luck losing pitcher despite throwing a complete-game, 3-hitter in a 1-0 loss to the Marauders.

In the opener, the Lancers totaled 13 hits, scoring all four runs in the third inning. Shortstop Tyler Dominguez (from Arcadia High), catcher Justin Dingman, and third baseman Damian Santamaria (Arcadia) all had RBI singles in the rally.

Overall, Dominguez was 3-for-5 while Santamaria, a returning infielder from two seasons ago, went 2-for-2, including a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice bunt. Second-year designated hitter Matt Chavez (Maranatha) and frosh rightfielder Brandon Spicer each added two hits. Sophomore leftfielder George Gonzalez singled, stole two bases, and drew a walk. Freshman centerfielder Manny Pantoja (South El Monte) doubled to right and scored the season's first run.

Smith, (pictured) from Pasadena's Blair High, twice worked his way out of bases-loaded jams without damage in the second and eighth innings. He struck out five overall for the pitching win. Ordaz allowed the first two runners to reach in the ninth, then mowed down AVC 1-2-3 to close out the shutout.

In the second part of the twin-bill, Emerson gave up the game's only run on a RBI single by AVC shortstop Aaron Owen in the first inning. He didn't allow another hit until the sixth inning. Emerson, who played prep ball in Maine and is a transfer from the University of Tampa, recorded 1-2-3 innings in the third, fifth, and seventh innings. 

Three Antelope Valley pitchers combined to limit PCC to four hits, two by Dingman. In the eighth, the Lancers nearly tied it but pinch runner Charles Smith was gunned out at the plate by AVC rightfielder Brian Ebert on a single by Chavez that ended the inning.

"This is the type of pitching we can send out to the mound this year," said PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara. "Our defense made just one error in two games, another sign of good things ahead for us. Now, the question is can we score enough to win games? In game 2, we just gave no support to Emerson. The team aided Smith well in the opener. It's hard to sweep a doubleheader, so we'll take the split."

The Lancers next visit Oxnard College Tuesday, Feb. 7 in a 2 p.m. non-conference game (Editor's late note--due to a forecast of heavy rain Tuesday, this contest has been rescheduled for April 2 at Oxnard.)

Release Date: 02/05/12
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