Martinez, Stransky Lead Baseball's Win Over Irvine Valley
Rightfielder Anthony Martinez knocked in four runs on a pair of 2-RBI singles and Evan Stransky hurled eight strong innings as the Pasadena City College baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over Irvine Valley College at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field Thursday afternoon. The game was a makeup of a rainout from Feb. 19.
The Lancers' first four homes games all were decided by one run, but this was the first time that PCC won on its home diamond. Irvine Valley rallied from four runs down to tie it after seven innings. In the eighth, PCC first baseman David Halstead drove in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly scoring pinch runner Angelo Robledo.
Stransky, who scattered nine hits, walked one, and struck out four, gave way to knuckleballer Tim Shiba, who earned the save by striking out two batters in the ninth.
PCC (2-9) used eight pitchers Friday during a 7-3 loss to visiting Grossmont College. PCC head coach Evan O'Meara used several players who had seen limited action this year. Cameron Silva was able to avert a blanking of the Lancers by hitting a 2-RBI single up the middle in the ninth inning. Martinez (at designated hitter, pictured) and catcher Corey Richards were each 2-for-4 while leftfielder Kori Grant batted 2-for-3.
Grossmont (8-3) turned five double plays on the PCC offense and was led by Javier Gonzalez, who was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Zachary Ambrose pitched 2-2/3 innings of shutout relief to earn his third win. For the Lancers, Trevor Gleason threw two shutout innings, Rick Espana tossed 1-1/3 perfect innings, while Daniel Gomez and Ryan Ramirez each recorded a shutout inning.
After 11 games, the team has received solid pitching from the pair of sophomore Stransky and Shiba, a freshman. Stransky has a 3.38 ERA in 18-2/3 innings with 12 strikeouts. Shiba holds a 3.74 ERA in 21-2/3 innings. At the plate, second baseman Tyler Dominguez, a returning starter, is leading the Lancers with a .333 average. Silva leads PCC in hits (nine) and RBI (six).
"We've had some tough games on the road this year," O'Meara said. "At least at home, we've been more than competitive. It's a matter of putting our pitching and hitting together in the same game. We've been seeing one or the other, but not both. My main concern is our lack of hitting. We have some real good hitters that just haven't performed yet. If we can hit and generate runs, we may have enough pitching to win some games. The players have to learn to believe in themselves."
The Lancers next host Oxnard in a 2 p.m. game on Tuesday, Feb 26.