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Champion Griffins finish with win, await playoff seeding

2016 GROSSMONT COLLEGE BASEBALL

By Chris Davis
© East County Sports.com
EL CAJON (4-30-16) — Talk about wrapping up the regular season in style.  For the third consecutive game, every single Grossmont College starter had at least one hit in their 10-1 victory over Mt. San Jacinto Eagles at Noel Mickelsen Field on Friday (April 29).

DONAVON McCRYSTAL (8-0, West Hills) pulled even with teammate ALAN STRONG (Santana) with a team-high eight wins and only one win off the pace in the Pacific Coast Athletic Confernce.  McCrystal went six innings scattering eight hits and a pair of walks.  Three Griffin (27-9, 19-5 PCAC) pitchers closed out the game with three scoreless innings.

CABOT VAN TIL (Patrick Henry) and JUSTEN BURKEY (San Pasqual) led the Griffin hitting attack with three hits.  TRAVOR BEARD (San Clemente) had a game high three RBI’s.

Van Til led the game off with a single to left field.  Three batters later, NOAH STROHL (La Jolla) was hit by a pitch for the 10th time this season.  That moved Van Til to second.  Beard then singled to right field moving Strohl to third and scoring Van Til for a 1-0 lead.

Mt. San Jacinto (20-16, 15-9 PCAC) scored their lone run in the top of the second inning.

In the bottom of the same inning, Burkey singled up the middle to get the engine rolling.  Two batters later, Van Til reached on a base hit to left and ended up on third after a throwing error by the left fielder.  Burkey came around and scored on the throwing blunder.  It could have been more, as TANNER PERRY (Steele Canyon) hit a base hit to left field.  However, it was so close to being caught that Van Til could not score.  Perry ended up stealing second.  Van Til was gunned down at home on a fielder’s choice.

One inning later, with two outs, ANDRES RIOS (Mater Dei, San Diego) doubled to right center field.  Burkey completed the double-double with a double to right field, scoring Rios.  MICHAEL DIFFLEY (Granite Hills) singled to center scoring Burkey for a 4-1 lead.

It was in the fourth inning that the Griffins blew the game open.  Van Til singled to right center to lead the inning off.  Perry doubled to left center scoring Van Til.  ROBERT BOSTEDT (Granite Hills) singled to left center moving Perry to third.  Strohl singled to left ushering in Perry to score and Bostedt to second.  Beard singled up the middle moving Strohl to second and driving in Bostedt.  Mitchell chose left field for his single that brought in Strohl and moving Beard to second.  After an out, Burkey singled to left to load the bases up.  Van Til reached on an error by the second baseman.  That boo-boo by the second baseman allowed all the runners to move up a base, scoring Beard.  When the dust settled, 11 batters went to the plate for the Griffins and turned a close 4-1 game into a 9-1 blowout.

For good measure, the PCAC Champions added another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Grossmont will now have to wait until Sunday (May 1) to find out where they are officially seeded in the CCCAA Southern California playoffs.  Early projections have the Griffins either a four or five seed.  No matter what happens on Sunday, the Griffins are guaranteed to host a best-of-three Regional round next Friday (May 6) and Saturday (May 7).  The only question is who they will face.  Again projections show the possible match ups would either be El Camino (24-12, 13-8, 3rd place South Coast) or Cerritos (23-13, 15-6, 2nd place South Coast).

 

 

Pacific Coast   Overall
  GP Record Win %   GP Record Win % Last 10 Streak
Grossmont 24 19-5 0.792   36 27-9 0.750 8-2 Won 5
Palomar 24 18-6 0.750 36 24-12 0.667 9-1 Won 3
Mt. San Jacinto 24 15-9 0.625 36 20-16 0.556 5-5 Lost 3
San Diego Mesa 24 11-13 0.458 35 16-19 0.457 6-4 Won 6
Southwestern 24 11-13 0.458 36 15-21 0.417 4-6 Lost 3
San Diego 24 10-14 0.417 33 15-18 0.455 3-7 Lost 5
Imperial Valley 24 0-24 0.000 36 4-32 0.111 0-10 Lost 25
Mt. San Jacinto vs Grossmont
@ Grossmont
4/29/2016 at 2:00 PM

 

Mt. San Jacinto 
1
Grossmont 
10
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H  E
Mt. San Jacinto (15-9, 20-16) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1  9  3
Grossmont (19-5, 27-9) 1 1 2 5 1 0 0 0 0  10  19  1

Mt. San Jacinto

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
JT Brown  cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 3
Bryan Derzern  ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jake Pulcheon  c 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
   Jordan Santa Cruz  c 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Josh Minder  1b 4 1 1 0 0 1 2
   Alex Estanislao  1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Gonzales  rf 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
   Mauryse McClellan  rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Garcia  dh 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Luis Arguelles  dh 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ben Moreno  3b 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
   Cesar Tamayo  3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Brock Partain  lf 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Steven Ybarra  2b 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
Zevon Benoit  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Johnny Hernandez  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Alec Garrett  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Brenden Russell  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 1 9 1 2 4 5
BATTING
RBI: Ben Moreno
Sac: Anthony Garcia
BASERUNNING
CS: Brock Partain
FIELDING
E: Brock Partain 2; Steven Ybarra

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Cabot Van til  lf 4 2 3 0 0 0 0
   Curren Facer  lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tanner Perry  cf 5 1 2 1 0 1 3
Robert Bostedt  rf 4 2 2 0 0 1 0
   Cole Flint  rf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Noah Strohl  dh 3 1 2 1 0 0 2
   Gavin Binns  c 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Travor Beard  c 4 1 2 3 0 0 0
Justin Mitchell  1b 3 0 2 1 2 0 0
Andres Rios  2b 4 1 1 0 0 2 3
Justen Burkey  3b 4 2 3 1 0 0 2
   Sean Crosby  3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Michael Diffley  ss 5 0 2 1 0 1 0
Donavon McCrystal  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Thomas Fiato  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Dj Lewis  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Aaron Cross  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 41 10 19 8 2 7 12
BATTING
2B: Tanner Perry; Robert Bostedt; Andres Rios; Justen Burkey
RBI: Tanner Perry; Noah Strohl; Travor Beard 3; Justin Mitchell; Justen Burkey; Michael Diffley
Sac: Travor Beard
BASERUNNING
SB: Tanner Perry
CS: Michael Diffley
FIELDING
E: Michael Diffley
DP: Justin Mitchell 3; Andres Rios 3; Justen Burkey; Michael Diffley 2

Mt. San Jacinto

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Zevon Benoit  (L, 9-5) 2.0 5 2 1 1 1 0
Johnny Hernandez 1.0 9 7 6 0 0 0
Alec Garrett 2.0 4 1 1 0 2 0
Brenden Russell 3.0 1 0 0 1 4 0
Totals 8.0 19 10 8 2 7 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Zevon Benoit 13; Johnny Hernandez 11; Alec Garrett 11; Brenden Russell 11
HBP: Zevon Benoit; Alec Garrett

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Donavon McCrystal  (W, 8-0) 6.0 8 1 1 2 1 0
Thomas Fiato 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dj Lewis 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Aaron Cross 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 9.0 9 1 1 2 4 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Donavon McCrystal 25; Thomas Fiato 3; Dj Lewis 3; Aaron Cross 3
SCORING SUMMARY
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 1ST
T. Beard singled to right field, RBI; N. Strohl advanced to third; C. til scored.
MT. SAN JACINTO – TOP 2ND
B. Moreno flied out to cf, RBI; J. Minder scored.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 3RD
J. Burkey doubled to right field, RBI; A. Rios scored.
M. Diffley singled to center field, RBI; J. Burkey scored.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 4TH
T. Perry doubled to left center, RBI; C. til scored.
N. Strohl singled to left field, RBI; R. Bostedt advanced to second; T. Perry scored.
T. Beard singled up the middle, RBI; N. Strohl advanced to second; R. Bostedt scored.
J. Mitchell singled to left field, RBI; T. Beard advanced to second; N. Strohl scored.
C. til reached first on an error by 2b; J. Burkey advanced to second; J. Mitchell advanced to third; T. Beard scored, unearned.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 5TH
T. Beard flied out to cf, SAC, RBI; R. Bostedt scored.

One Comment

  1. chris schultz

    May 1, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    we have a good draw for the playoffs and the talent to go deep. Great season and team play wins.

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