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Power, speed is Griffins’ creed

Maldonado

2017 GROSSMONT GRIFFINS BASEBALL

 

By Ramon Scott

EastCountySports.com

 

SAN DIEGO – Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year candidate DAVID MALDONADO helped the Grossmont Griffins pass their first major hurdle of the conference season in a 15-7 pasting of host San Diego Mesa Tuesday afternoon.

The Griffins rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 7-5 before putting away the Olympians with a six-run seventh.

Maldonado had three hits, scored three runs and hit a two-run home run to cushion the lead in the eighth inning.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound sophomore pays off at the plate with his avid work in the weight room. Talk about the power and speed combo.

A leadoff batter, Maldonado is second in the PCAC in RBI with 32, second in the conference with five homers and also second in the conference in stolen bases (13). The centerfielder has even thrown in a couple of outfield assists this season.

Grossmont (12-1 PCAC, 17-6-1) handed Mesa (7-3 PCAC, 12-12) a key loss in the Olympians’ pursuit of the Griffs and co-frontrunner Palomar (11-1 PCAC).

After Mesa took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Griffins put up markers in the next three frames.

However, the hosts would take the lead back in the bottom of the fifth with three more runs.

JUSTIN BURKEY hit an RBI double to left-center, then CABOT VAN TIL drove home two with a single to center to tie the game, 7-7.

NOAH STROHL added a sacrifice fly and Maldonado scored on a passed ball.

Van Til had an RBI in Grossmont’s two-run second, while Burkey finished with three hits and two RBI.

Grossmont freshman JALE SIM, from Scripps Ranch High, scored four runs, getting two hits, including a triple, and walking twice.

Griffins reliever HAYDEN SHENEFIELD (2-0) got the win, while JAVIER DE LA TORRE was Grossmont’s most effective pitcher, dealing two scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth.

The series concludes Thu.-Fri. with a home-and-home, starting at Grossmont. Both games are at 2 p.m.

 

 

Grossmont College vs San Diego Mesa
@ San Diego | Mesa College
3/28/2017 at 2:00pm

 

Grossmont 
15
San Diego Mesa
7
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H  E
Grossmont (17-6-1, 12-1) 0 2 1 2 0 0 6 3 1  15  16  1
San Diego Mesa (12-12, 7-3) 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0  7  7  3

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
David Maldonado  cf 6 3 3 2 0 0 2
Reece Hernandez  2b 6 1 2 0 0 1 0
Noah Strohl  1b 5 0 0 1 0 1 3
Robert Bostedt  lf 3 2 1 0 3 0 0
Justen Burkey  3b 6 0 3 2 0 0 2
Jale Sim  dh 4 4 2 0 2 1 1
Michael Diffley  ss 4 2 1 1 2 0 0
Trevor Beard  c 6 1 2 1 0 0 3
Cabot Van Til  rf 4 2 2 3 0 1 0
Tim Holdgrafer  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Hayden Shenefield  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Javier De la Torre  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jeremiah Barr  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 44 15 16 10 7 4 11
BATTING
2B: Justen Burkey; Michael Diffley
3B: Jale Sim
HR: David Maldonado
RBI: David Maldonado 2; Noah Strohl; Justen Burkey 2; Michael Diffley; Trevor Beard; Cabot Van Til 3
Sac fly: Noah Strohl
BASERUNNING
SB: David Maldonado 2; Reece Hernandez; Robert Bostedt; Jale Sim
FIELDING
E: Tim Holdgrafer

San Diego Mesa

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Andres Velasco  cf 5 1 1 1 0 1 0
Zack Mann  ss 5 1 1 2 0 1 0
Kevin Bristow  3b 4 1 1 1 0 1 1
Grant Ruthenberg  rf 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
   Jacob Odenkirk  rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Will Law  1b 1 1 1 0 3 0 0
Conner Trippet  dh 4 0 1 3 0 2 0
Sloan Blanscet  lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 4
Lewis Butler  2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 1
Jonathon Soto  c 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Nick Marinac  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Erick Lopez  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Sean Robinson  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Galuz  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jacob Vermillion  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Mark Lemus  p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 7 7 7 3 8 6
BATTING
2B: Andres Velasco; Kevin Bristow; Conner Trippet; Jonathon Soto
3B: Zack Mann
RBI: Andres Velasco; Zack Mann 2; Kevin Bristow; Conner Trippet 3
Sac: Jonathon Soto
Sac fly: Kevin Bristow
BASERUNNING
FIELDING
E: Zack Mann 2; Will Law
DP: Zack Mann; Will Law; Lewis Butler

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Tim Holdgrafer 5.0 5 6 5 2 6 0
Hayden Shenefield  (W, 2-0) 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0
Javier De la Torre 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jeremiah Barr 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 9.0 7 7 6 3 8 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Tim Holdgrafer 25; Hayden Shenefield 5; Javier De la Torre 7; Jeremiah Barr 3
HBP: Tim Holdgrafer 2

San Diego Mesa

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Nick Marinac 4.1 8 5 3 2 3 0
Erick Lopez  (L, 0-2) 2.0 3 4 3 2 0 0
Sean Robinson 0.1 1 2 0 1 0 0
Ryan Galuz 0.1 1 2 2 1 0 0
Jacob Vermillion 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1
Mark Lemus 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0
Totals 9.0 16 15 10 7 4 1
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Nick Marinac 25; Erick Lopez 10; Sean Robinson 5; Ryan Galuz 3; Jacob Vermillion 5; Mark Lemus 5
HBP: Nick Marinac

 

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