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Comets end Griffins’ streak, even series

Grossmont's Eric De La Rosa slides into a tag play Thursday at Palomar College Ballpark. / photo by Hugh Cox

2017 GROSSMONT GRIFFINS BASEBALL

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SAN MARCOS (4-20-2017) – Palomar College freshman left-hander Ryan Semon did something very few hurlers have done all season.

Semon came out of the bullpen to shut out Grossmont over the last 4 innings as the No. 7-ranked Comets defeated the No. 10 Griffins, 4-2, at Palomar College Ballpark Thursday afternoon to even the teams’ Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-place baseball series at a game apiece.

Palomar third baseman Conor McKenna leaps to make a catch in the top of the 7th on Thursday. / photo by Philip Farry

Palomar (28-7, 18-2 PCAC) moved back into a first-place tie with the G-House (25-7-1, 18-2 GSAC) going into the rubber game of the 3-game series at noon Saturday at Grossmont’s Noel Mickelsen field.

Grossmont grabbed a run in the first when ROBERT BOSTADT drove in DAVID MALDONADO with a sacrifice fly.

After the Comets scored in the top of the sixth, the Griffins showed their moxie once again by re-grabbing the lead on a RBI single by JUSTEN BURKEY, who had three hits on the day.

The Comets pulled even in the bottom of the sixth on walk to Conor McKenna, Gabe Willes’ sacrifice bunt and Jared Montoya’s single to rightfield that scored McKenna.

After Semon took just 4 pitches to set Grossmont down in the top of the seventh, aided by a pair of spectacular defensive plays by McKenna at third base, Palomar went ahead for the first time in the bottom of the inning.

Cameron Haskell and Grant Buck hit back-to-back doubles to right with two outs. Buck drove in Haskell to put the Comets on top 3-2.

Palomar added an insurance run in the eighth inning on a walk to Willes, Montogya’s sac bunt, a walk to Tristan King and Joey Cooper’s 2-out double to left-center field that drogve in Willes.

Semon set the Griffins down in the top of the ninth on 2 groundballs and a strikeout, and the Comets were back in a tie for first with Grossmont

Semon (9-0, 1.40 ERA) relieved Palomar starter Nate Stilinovich, who also pitched effectively after Stilinovich faced the leadoff batter in the top of the sixth.

After Grossmont stopped Palomar’s 14-game win streak in the opening game of the series on Tuesday, the Comets returned the favor in this one, stopping the Griffins’ 10-game stride.

DONAVON MCCRYSTAL was tagged with the loss, allowing a pair of earned runs over 6 2/3 innings.

Grossmont vs Palomar
@ San Marcos, CA | Palomar Ballpark
4/20/2017 at 1:56 PM
Grossmont
2
Palomar
4
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H  E
Grossmont (25-7-1, 18-2 PCAC) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0  2  8  1
Palomar (28-7, 18-2 PCAC) 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 X  4  8  1

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
David Maldonado cf 4 1 1 0 1 1 0
Reece Hernandez 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
Noah Strohl 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 2
Robert Bostedt dh 2 0 1 1 0 0 1
   Mitchell Miller pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
   Sean Crosby dh 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justen Burkey 3b 4 0 3 1 0 0 0
Eric De la Rosa lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
Michael Diffley ss 3 0 0 0 1 3 1
Trevor Beard c 3 0 1 0 1 0 0
Cabot Van Til rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 2
Donavon McCrystal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Javier De la Torre p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 2 8 2 3 5 8
BATTING
2B: Robert Bostedt
RBI: Robert Bostedt; Justen Burkey
Sac: Cabot Van Til
Sac fly: Robert Bostedt
BASERUNNING
CS: Eric De la Rosa; Michael Diffley
FIELDING
E: Reece Hernandez

Palomar

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Joey Cooper lf 5 0 2 1 0 0 0
Jordan Gardner rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
   Carl Schwettmann rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Marc Sauceda ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
   Cody Norton rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cameron Haskell dh 3 1 2 0 0 0 2
Grant Buck 1b 3 1 1 1 1 0 3
Conor McKenna 3b 3 1 0 0 1 2 1
Gabe Willes 2b 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
Jared Montoya ss 3 0 1 2 0 0 0
Tristan King c 3 0 1 0 1 0 1
Marco Young cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1
Nate Stilinovich p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Semon p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 4 8 4 4 3 10
BATTING
2B: Joey Cooper; Cameron Haskell 2; Grant Buck
RBI: Joey Cooper; Grant Buck; Jared Montoya 2
Sac: Gabe Willes; Jared Montoya
BASERUNNING
FIELDING
E: Grant Buck
DP: Conor McKenna; Tristan King

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Donavon McCrystal (L, 8-2) 6.2 7 3 2 2 2 0
Javier De la Torre 1.1 1 1 1 2 1 0
Totals 8.0 8 4 3 4 3 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Donavon McCrystal 31; Javier De la Torre 7
HBP: Donavon McCrystal

Palomar

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Nate Stilinovich 5.0 6 2 2 2 2 0
Ryan Semon (W, 9-0) 4.0 2 0 0 1 3 0
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 3 5 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Nate Stilinovich 22; Ryan Semon 15
SCORING SUMMARY
GROSSMONT – TOP 1ST
Bostedt,Robert flied out to lf, sacrifice fly, RBI; Strohl,Noah advanced to second; Maldonado,David scored.
PALOMAR – BOTTOM 4TH
Montoya, Jared reached on a fielder’s choice, RBI; Willes, Gabe out at second 2b to ss; Buck, Grant scored, unearned.
GROSSMONT – TOP 6TH
Burkey,Justen singled to right field, RBI; Miller,Mitchell scored.
PALOMAR – BOTTOM 6TH
Montoya, Jared singled to right field, RBI; McKenna, Conor scored.
PALOMAR – BOTTOM 7TH
Buck, Grant doubled to right field, RBI; Haskell, Cameron scored.
PALOMAR – BOTTOM 8TH
Cooper, Joey doubled to left field, RBI; King, Tristan advanced to third; Willes, Gabe scored.
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: San Marcos, CA
Stadium: Palomar Ballpark
Attendance: 124
Duration: 2:25

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