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Victor Valley Spoils Baseball's Home Opener
Playing on a refurbished Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field for the first time this season on Tuesday, the Pasadena City College baseball team couldn't add to some early offense and went on to lose to Victor Valley, 8-3.
The Lancers (1-4) are in the midst of a 4-game losing streak, including now two defeats against the Rams of VVC. Last week, PCC dropped a 15-6 decision to Victor Valley Feb. 9 and lost a heartbreaker at Grossmont, 9-8. Feb. 10.
Against Victor Valley (3-3), freshman shortstop Robby Shupe ripped a RBI double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Tyler Dominguez as PCC scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 3-2 lead.
The Rams came right back with three runs in the third keyed by a 2-RBI single from ninth batter Zack Bilsland. The second baseman was a terror v. the Lancers as he batted 4-for-5, including a run-scoring triple in the seventh.
PCC was held scoreless over the final seven innings, shut down by three Victor Valley pitchers. While it was a tough day for Lancers' lefty starter and losing pitcher Cory Burgard (3-2/3 innings, 10 hits, five earned runs), it was a standout afternoon from reliever Marco Ordaz. A 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander from Shadow Ridge, Nevada, Ordaz allowed no earned runs (three unearned), and just five hits over 5-1/3 innings. Ordaz walked only one and struck out six, including the side in the eighth inning.
Lancers' sophomore third baseman Damian Santamaria batted 2-for-4 with a double.
In the loss at Grossmont, letterman lefty-batting first baseman Matt Chavez went 3-for-4 with five RBI and a double while Shupe also totaled three hits. Centerfielder Manny Pantoja slugged a 2-run homer in the second inning.
PCC led 8-5, but the Griffins responded with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for the win. Grossmont catcher Brian Lockey came up with the big blow, hitting a bases-clearing double off Pasadena reliever Brandon Spicer. Sophomores Sean Stone, George Gonzalez and freshman Dominguez all had 2-hit games as part of PCC's 14-hit attack.
In the road contest at Victor Valley, Stone, a second baseman, and Chavez, at DH, each hit two doubles, but PCC was limited to just two other hits. The Lancers could not take advantage of 10 walks surrendered by VVC pitching, including three drawn by catcher Justin Dingman.
After five games, Chavez leads PCC in batting with a .429 average.
The Lancers play at Rio Hondo College Thursday, Feb. 16, then host Los Angeles Pierce on Friday, Feb. 17. Both games have 2 p.m. first pitches.
[Photo--PCC leftfielder George Gonzalez makes a diving play on a ball, but could not hold on to the catch during the team's 8-3 loss to Victor Valley Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/14/12