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Griffins rocking title tune at Coachella

2017 GROSSMONT GRIFFINS BASEBALL

 

By Ramon Scott

EastCountySports.com

 

PALM DESERT – The Grossmont Griffins brought their own legendary hit-makers to the Coachella Valley Tuesday afternoon, blanking College of the Desert, 8-0, to move to one-step closer to a second-straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship.

TIM HOLDGRAFER, out of La Jolla High, went five shutout innings to improve to 7-0 and NOAH STROHL, also a former Viking, hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning as the Griffs’ offense was in concert once again.

Grossmont improved to 20-2 in the PCAC and 27-7-1 overall. Meanwhile, down in Chula Vista, Palomar (19-3 PCAC) won at Southwestern, 10-5, to remain one-game back in the pennant race.

The Griffins host Desert (8-14 PCAC, 20-18) on Thursday, then travel again back for what should be an encore performance on the way to the conference title. The Comets, however, only have the one home game left with the third-place Jaguars (14-8 PCAC, 25-13) on Thursday before finishing on the road against the Jags on Friday.

In other words, Grossmont’s title fate is in its own hands.

All the remaining games start at 2 p.m.

CABOT VAN TIL kept his awesome second-half roll going with RBI singles in the top of the second and the fourth as Grossmont led 2-0.

Van Til, who is headed to San Diego State, was named PCAC Male Athlete of the Week on Monday for his series against Palomar.

REECE HERNANDEZ had two hits, a walk and scored two runs for Grossmont, while DAVID MALDONADO had a pair of doubles and scored a run for the Griffs. TREVOR BEARD drove in a couple of runs for the Griffins, as well.

Freshman NIKO NAVARRO singled home a run in Grossmont’s two-run sixth.

Freshman DYLAN GARGUS, from Canyon Crest High, became the latest Griff to get a chance to shine in this special season.

Gargus had a career-best outing with two scoreless innings, taking over for Holdgrafer in the sixth.

With only eight appearances this season, Gargus has hit to sit on some rough stats after a couple of early troublesome outings, but he has now turned in four consecutive scoreless outings.

Conditions were comfortable here with a game-time temperature of 88 degrees. Friday is predicted a tad warmer at 93, which should make water cooler baths feel that much better.

Grossmont is assured a playoff spot.

 

Grossmont Griffins vs Desert Roadrunners
@ Palm Desert, CA | Ted Hamilton Field
4/25/2017 at 2:00 pm

 

Grossmont
8
Desert
0
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H  E
Grossmont (27-7-1, 20-2 PCAC) 0 1 0 1 4 2 0 0 0  8  12  0
Desert (10-28, 9-13 PCAC) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0  8  1

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
David Maldonado cf 5 1 2 0 0 1 3
Reece Hernandez 2b 5 2 2 0 1 0 0
Justen Burkey 3b 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
   Mitchell Miller 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Robert Bostedt dh 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
   Niko Navarro dh 2 1 1 1 2 0 0
Trevor Beard c 4 0 1 2 0 0 1
Noah Strohl 1b 3 2 2 3 2 0 0
Jale Sim lf 3 1 0 0 1 0 2
Michael Diffley ss 4 0 1 0 1 2 3
Cabot Van Til rf 3 0 2 2 1 0 1
   Eric De la Rosa rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Holdgrafer p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Dylan Gargas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Eddie Velazco p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Javier De la Torre p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 37 8 12 8 8 3 12
BATTING
2B: David Maldonado 2
HR: Noah Strohl
RBI: Niko Navarro; Trevor Beard 2; Noah Strohl 3; Cabot Van Til 2
Sac fly: Trevor Beard
BASERUNNING
SB: David Maldonado; Reece Hernandez; Jale Sim
CS: Cabot Van Til
FIELDING
DP: Reece Hernandez; Noah Strohl 2; Michael Diffley 2

Desert

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Travis Tanaka cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 1
Allan Dong ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Nall dh 4 0 2 0 0 1 0
Nicholas Follett 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 1
Julian Gonzalez c 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Trenton Covel rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
Austin Clifton lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Matt Hernandez 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
Frank Silva 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Robin Landazuri p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Hunter Torres p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 30 0 8 0 0 4 4
BATTING
2B: Nicholas Follett
Sac: Allan Dong
BASERUNNING
CS: Jason Nall; Frank Silva
FIELDING
E: Allan Dong
DP: Travis Tanaka; Frank Silva

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Tim Holdgrafer (W, 7-0) 5.0 6 0 0 0 3 0
Dylan Gargas 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Eddie Velazco 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Javier De la Torre 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 9.0 8 0 0 0 4 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Tim Holdgrafer 18; Dylan Gargas 6; Eddie Velazco 4; Javier De la Torre 3

Desert

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Robin Landazuri (L, 4-8) 5.0 9 6 6 4 2 1
Hunter Torres 4.0 3 2 1 4 1 0
Totals 9.0 12 8 7 8 3 1
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Robin Landazuri 27; Hunter Torres 21
HBP: Hunter Torres 2
SCORING SUMMARY
GROSSMONT – TOP 2ND
Van Til,Cabot singled to right field, RBI; Diffley,Michael advanced to second; Sim,Jale scored.
GROSSMONT – TOP 4TH
Van Til,Cabot singled to center field, RBI; Sim,Jale advanced to second; Strohl,Noah scored.
GROSSMONT – TOP 5TH
Beard,Trevor grounded out to 2b, RBI; Navarro,Niko advanced to second; Burkey,Justen advanced to third; Hernandez,Reece scored.
Strohl,Noah homered to left field, 3 RBI; Navarro,Niko scored; Burkey,Justen scored.
GROSSMONT – TOP 6TH
Navarro,Niko singled to left field, RBI; Hernandez,Reece advanced to third; Maldonado,David scored.
Beard,Trevor popped up to cf, SAC, RBI; Navarro,Niko advanced to third; Hernandez,Reece scored, unearned.
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: Palm Desert, CA
Stadium: Ted Hamilton Field
Attendance: 78
Duration: 2:20

 

 

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