East County Sports

Strong bakes Bako in super regional opener

2016 GROSSMONT COLLEGE BASEBALL

 

By Chris Davis
© East County Sports.com

 

EL CAJON (5-14-16) — Fifth seed Grossmont College took control of the best-of-three CCCAA Baseball Super Regionals with a game one 5-2 victory at Noel Mickelsen Field on Friday (May 13) behind a stellar outing by ALAN STRONG.

 

The Santana High grad threw seven innings of three hit ball while striking out 13 Bakersfield Renegades (28-11) batters.  Offensively, MICHAEL DIFFLEY (Granite Hills) set the tone with a pair of hits in the game.

 

After both teams went three up and three down in the first inning, the offenses got rolling.

 

Ninth seed Bakersfield scored their first run of the day in the top of the second.  Brock Hallum singled to left field.  He was sacrificed up to second courtesy of Harrison Smith.  Jacob Herrera’s RBI single up the middle gave BC the 1-0 lead.

 

Grossmont (30-10) came back in the bottom of the third.  With one out, Diffley got his first hit of the day, a single through the left side.  After a fly out, the Griffins put Diffley in motion.  TANNER PERRY (Steele Canyon) hit a double all the way to the left center field wall.  Diffley never slowed down and was touching home plate to tie the score, when the shortstop was turning around after catching the throw from the center fielder.

 

The Renegades came right back to take a 2-1 lead.  It was done on a no doubt about it home run to right field by Academic All-State member Hanz Harker (3rd of the season).  Hallum walked immediately following that home run.  He was caught stealing during Smith’s at bat, an at bat the ultimately finished with Smith striking out.  After another walk, Strong took care of Harley Lopez on a strikeout.

 

Grossmont came back with a four run sixth inning.  ROBERT BOSTEDT (Granite Hills) started the inning with a single to right field.  TRAVOR BEARD (San Clemente) walked to push Bostedt to second.  JUSTIN MITCHELL (Granite Hills) reached via an error by the third baseman allowing him to go to second.  Beard would end up on third after the error.  Bostedt scored to tie the game at 2-2.  After a strikeout, JUSTEN BURKEY (San Pasqual) hit an RBI groundout to plate Beard and move Mitchell to third.  Diffley then came up and launched a laser to left field (5th of the season) for a two-run homer and a 5-2 Griffin lead.

 

The two teams will face off in game two of the series at 1:00 p.m. today.  Grossmont will be the designated visiting team.  Should Bakersfield win game two, the series would go to a deciding game three on Sunday.  Game time on Sunday would be 12:00 noon.

 

Elsewhere in the Super Regionals:

With the top two seeds out in Southern California, the top seed remaining is Golden West (3rd seed) hosted 18 seed Riverside.  Golden West fell behind immediately as Riverside scored twice in the top of the first.  The Rustlers cut that lead in half with a run in the bottom of the first.  In the third, Riverside scored another two runs to take a 4-1 lead.  Golden West scored four in the bottom of the third to take a 5-4 lead.  The Tigers put their third two spot up in the seventh to retake a 6-5 lead.  GWC scored once in the bottom of the eighth to tie it at 6-6.  Not being able to take of things in regulation, the teams went to extras.  Golden West scored the winning run with two outs via a wild pitch.  Golden West leads 1-0.

 

Fourth seed Cypress was shutout by Fullerton, 5-0.  The Hornets were the recipients of a complete game nine-hit, 10 strike out performance by Randall Ortiz (9-2).  The victory by Fullerton gives them a 1-0 lead.

 

In a match-up of the six versus seven seeds, a six-run third proved to be the difference between Cuesta and Chaffey.  Cuesta leads 1-0.

 

All four Southern California series will continue on Saturday (May 14) at 1:00 p.m.

 

Bakersfield vs Grossmont
@ Noel Michelsen Field
5/13/2016 at 2:00 PM

 

Bakersfield 
2
Grossmont 
5
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H  E
Bakersfield (28-11)  0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  2  4  1
Grossmont (30-10)  0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0  5  7  0

Bakersfield

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Brooks Douglass  rf 3 0 0 0 1 2 0
Kyle James  ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 0
Hanz Harker  cf 4 1 1 1 0 1 1
Brock Hallum  dh 3 1 1 0 1 1 0
Harrison Smith  3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 0
Jacob Herrera  c 3 0 2 1 1 0 0
Harley Lopez  1b 2 0 0 0 1 2 1
   James Carroll  ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Tyson Brewer  2b 3 0 0 0 0 2 2
Jassen Oliver  lf 3 0 0 0 0 2 0
Hudson Hartley  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Luke Andrews  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jason Potter  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 29 2 4 2 4 15 5
BATTING
HR: Hanz Harker
RBI: Hanz Harker; Jacob Herrera
Sac: Harrison Smith
BASERUNNING
SB: Jacob Herrera
CS: Brock Hallum
FIELDING
E: Harrison Smith

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Cabot Van til  lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tanner Perry  cf 4 0 1 1 0 1 0
Noah Strohl  dh 4 0 0 0 0 2 2
Robert Bostedt  rf 3 1 1 0 1 0 0
Travor Beard  c 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
Justin Mitchell  1b 4 1 1 1 0 0 0
Andres Rios  2b 4 0 0 0 0 3 1
Justen Burkey  3b 3 0 0 1 0 1 1
Michael Diffley  ss 3 2 2 0 0 1 0
Alan Strong  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Andrew Schultz  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Aaron Cross  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 5 7 3 3 8 4
BATTING
2B: Tanner Perry
HR: Michael Diffley
RBI: Tanner Perry; Justin Mitchell; Justen Burkey
BASERUNNING
CS: Travor Beard
FIELDING

Bakersfield

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Hudson Hartley  (L, 7-6) 6.0 7 5 3 2 6 1
Luke Andrews 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jason Potter 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals 8.0 7 5 3 3 8 1
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Hudson Hartley 28; Luke Andrews 3; Jason Potter 3

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Alan Strong  (W, 9-2) 7.0 3 2 2 3 13 1
Andrew Schultz 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Aaron Cross  (Sv, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 4 15 1
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Alan Strong 26; Andrew Schultz 4; Aaron Cross 4
SCORING SUMMARY
BAKERSFIELD – TOP 2ND
J. Herrera singled up the middle, RBI; B. Hallum scored.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 3RD
T. Perry doubled to left center, RBI; M. Diffley scored.
BAKERSFIELD – TOP 4TH
H. Harker homered to right field, RBI.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 6TH
J. Mitchell reached first on a throwing error by 3b, J. Mitchell advanced to second, RBI; T. Beard advanced to third; R. Bostedt scored.
J. Burkey grounded out to 2b, RBI; J. Mitchell advanced to third; T. Beard scored, unearned.
M. Diffley homered to left field, unearned, 2 RBI; J. Mitchell scored, unearned.
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: Noel Michelsen Field

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