East County Sports

Falcons grab playoff opener from Griffs with five-run fourth

2016 GROSSMONT COLLEGE BASEBALL

 

By Chris Davis
© East County Sports.com

 

EL CAJON (5-8-16) — If the Grossmont College Griffins are to advance to the 2016 CCCAA Super Regional round, they will have to sweep a doubleheader on Sunday (May 9) after dropping game one of the best-of-three series on Saturday (May 7)  to Cerritos by a 5-3 score.

 

Cerritos (24-13) only scored in one inning, a five-run fourth, but that was all they needed.

 

Granite Hills alumni MICHAEL DIFFLEY and ROBERT BOSTEDT both had a team-high two hits.  The good news for the Griffins (27-10) is that seven of the nine batters had hits in the game.

 

The Griffins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.  CABOT VAN TIL (Patrick Henry) led off the Griffin half of the first with a double to center field.  TANNER PERRY (Steele Canyon) followed that up with a single to left, moving Van Til to third.  Bostedt got his lone RBI on a sacrifice fly to right allowing Van Til to tag and come plate ward.

 

JUSTIN MITCHELL (Granite Hills) singled to lead off the second inning.  After a pop out, SEAN CROSBY (Valhalla) was hit by a pitch moving Mitchell to second.  Diffley singled to center loading the bases up.  Van Til got one of his easiest RBI of the season as he drew a walk forcing Mitchell to score to make it 2-0 at the end of two innings.

 

The Griffins closed out their scoring with a run in the sixth.  JUSTEN BURKEY (San Pasqual) was hit by a pitch with one out.  Crosby hit a deep ball to center field that turned into a triple, bringing in Burkey to make it 5-3 Cerritos.  But the Griffins would close out the inning with back to back strikeouts by two different pitchers.

 

The two teams will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday (May 9) for game two of the series.  Should Grossmont win that game, a deciding third game would be played about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

 

Cerritos vs Grossmont College
@ Grossmont College
5/7/2016 at 2:30 PM

 

Cerritos 
5
Grossmont 
3
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cerritos (24-13)  0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 1
Grossmont (27-10)  1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 1

Cerritos

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Daniel Lopez  ss 5 1 1 0 0 1 0
Mike Heenan  1b 5 1 2 1 0 2 0
Mark Pena  cf 5 0 3 1 0 1 0
Gary James  c 3 0 1 0 2 1 1
Fermin Beza  lf 3 1 0 0 1 2 4
Derrick Edwards  2b 3 1 1 0 1 1 0
Kenton McDonald  rf 3 0 1 0 0 2 1
Kevin Sainz  3b 3 0 0 1 0 1 0
Eric Hefner  dh 4 1 1 1 0 2 2
Travis Bonner  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Carlos Hernandez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jerald Johnston  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 34 5 10 4 4 13 8
BATTING
2B: Mark Pena 2
RBI: Mike Heenan; Mark Pena; Kevin Sainz; Eric Hefner
Sac: Kenton McDonald; Kevin Sainz
GIDP: Gary James
BASERUNNING
SB: Mark Pena; Kevin Sainz
FIELDING
E: Derrick Edwards
DP: Daniel Lopez; Mike Heenan; Derrick Edwards

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Cabot Van til  lf 4 1 1 1 1 2 1
Tanner Perry  cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 1
Robert Bostedt  rf 4 0 2 1 0 0 3
Noah Strohl  dh 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
Travor Beard  c 5 0 1 0 0 0 2
Justin Mitchell  1b 4 1 1 0 1 0 1
Justen Burkey  3b 3 1 0 0 0 0 4
Sean Crosby  2b 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Michael Diffley  ss 4 0 2 0 0 1 0
Alan Strong  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Craig Grubbe  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 35 3 9 3 4 3 12
BATTING
2B: Cabot Van til; Robert Bostedt
3B: Sean Crosby
RBI: Cabot Van til; Robert Bostedt; Sean Crosby
Sac fly: Robert Bostedt
GIDP: Noah Strohl
BASERUNNING
SB: Tanner Perry
FIELDING
E: Travor Beard
DP: Justin Mitchell; Michael Diffley

Cerritos

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Travis Bonner  (W, 6-0) 5.2 5 3 3 2 1 0
Carlos Hernandez 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0
Jerald Johnston  (Sv, 8) 2.2 3 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 9.0 9 3 3 4 3 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Travis Bonner 27; Carlos Hernandez 4; Jerald Johnston 11
HBP: Travis Bonner 2

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Alan Strong  (L, 8-2) 6.0 8 5 5 4 10 0
Craig Grubbe 3.0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Totals 9.0 10 5 5 4 13 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Alan Strong 30; Craig Grubbe 10
SCORING SUMMARY
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 1ST
Robert Boste flied out to cf, SF, RBI; Cabot Van ti scored.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 2ND
Cabot Van ti walked, RBI; Michael Diff advanced to second; Sean Crosby advanced to third; Justin Mitch scored.
CERRITOS – TOP 4TH
Kevin Sainz grounded out to p unassisted, bunt, SAC, RBI; Derrick Edwa advanced to third; Fermin Beza scored.
Eric Hefner singled to second base, RBI; Derrick Edwa scored.
Mike Heenan singled to left field, RBI; Daniel Lopez advanced to second; Eric Hefner scored.
Mark Pena doubled down the rf line, RBI; Mike Heenan advanced to third; Daniel Lopez scored.
Mark Pena advanced to third; Mike Heenan scored on a wild pitch.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 6TH
Sean Crosby tripled to center field, RBI; Justen Burke scored.
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: Grossmont College

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