Monarch Baseball Collects Win Against West L.A. College
The Monarch baseball team defeated West LA College Saturday 11-8, making it its second victory.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012 03:04
The Valley College baseball team won a second consecutive game, defeating West Los Angeles College Saturday 11-8. This gave the Monarch team its 10th conference win of the season.
The Monarchs capitalized in the bottom of the first inning after Wildcats pitcher Jose Terrero walked two Valley players, loading the bases for Nathan Mendez, Valley’s designated hitter. Mendez hit a fly ball to left field, bringing in three runs for the Monarchs to start the game.
“I was trying to cash in some runs,” said Mendez. “I try to get base hits and get some RBIs to bring in the runners.”
Later in the inning, Monarchs right fielder Marcel Chavez hit another fly ball—this time to right field—bringing Mendez in to score a run. Valley ended the inning with a five-run lead over West L.A.
The Monarch momentum continued through the second inning.
Valley’s second baseman Casey Ryan stole second and third base, putting himself in scoring position. Trevor McMaster hit a fly ball to right field, bringing in the run by Ryan and giving Valley a 6-0 lead.
West L.A rallied together at the top of third inning, bringing in some runs of their own. Wildcats lead off hitter Rodney Bradley hit a ground ball to right field for a single. Monarch pitcher Trevor Rapp walked the next Wildcats batter, leaving to opponents on base. The Wildcat’s Indelacio Rodriguez brought in two runs with a line drive to left field. West L.A plated three runs in the inning, making the score 6-3.
“We got to do a better job of throwing strikes,” said Valley coach Dave Mallas. “We gave up 12 walks today.”
Although West L.A cut the Monarchs lead in half early in the game, Valley did not lose focus and continued its great offensive performance. In the bottom of the fourth, the Monarchs scored two more runs on a line drive to left field by third baseman Eric Folkers. In the bottom of the fifth, Valley added three more runs after stolen bases by Brice Kelly and Cameron Doran and a long ground ball by Sam Johnson, making the score 11-4.
West L.A lacked rhythm throughout the sixth and seventh innings and could not find a way to get back into the game. It was not until the top of the eighth that the Wildcats capitalized on two of Valley’s pitching mistakes, loading the bases and scoring three runs—which brought the Wildcats within three.
The Wildcats had one more opportunity in the ninth inning to either tie or win the game. Monarchs closer Braxton Ravello-Diaz came into the game for Aaron Rosenberg and collected the three outs the team needed, ending the game and giving the victory to Valley.
“I stay mentally prepared for that amount of pressure to end the game,” said Diaz. “If I’m not ready to go in the game, there is no way I can close that out.”
The Monarchs’ next home game will be this Saturday.