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Star Power: Griffins head to state finals

Grossmont College players celebrate their berth into the CCCAA State Championships.

2017 GROSSMONT GRIFFINS BASEBALL

 

By Ramon Scott

EastCountySports.com

 

EL CAJON – The Grossmont College Griffins will make their first-ever trip to the CCCAA State Championship following a 16-2 demolishing of Long Beach City College at Mickelsen Field on Saturday afternoon.

By winning its sixth-straight postseason game, Grossmont (35-7-1) secured the most exciting bus ride in program history to Fresno for the final four tournament next weekend

Although the accomplishment for the program is tremendous, considering the way the Griffins have practically steamrolled their competition this year, the feat hardly comes as a surprise.

Coach RANDY ABSHIER has put together a roster of players that put their incredible talents together for the common good.

With most all of the Griffins’ top stars having secured scholarships to four-year schools, the players individually had little to prove.

But given the deep-level talent throughout the team’s roster, this Grossmont squad has put together the greatest season in school history with one more challenge to go in pursuit of the ultimate goal in California community college baseball.

On Saturday, TIM HOLDGRAFER, a freshman out of La Jolla High, allowed just 3 hits over 7 innings to improve to 9-0 on the season. He has an ERA of 2.45 this season.

And how did the big, bad, bashing Griffins tear apart the Vikings offensively?

With 17 singles.

As the designated visitors, the Griffins needed little time to build its usual big lead.

Grossmont picked up four in the first, including RBI singles from NOAH STROHL, TREVOR BEARD and JALE SIM.

Then in the second, JUSTEN BURKEY drove in a run.

In the fourth, leadoff man DAVID MALDONADO drove in two runs with a single, before advancing on an error.

REECE HERNANDEZ (Santana) hit a sacrifice fly for a 8-0 lead.

Maldonado drove in two more in the seventh to wrap up a four RBI day.

The 5-8, 175-pound powerhouse of a man now has 49 RBI this season and although teammate CABOT VAN TIL won the Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year Award with his incredible production and nearly .450 batting average, it could easily be argued that Maldonado, who is hitting .379, is the team’s co-MVP.

Hernandez added another RBI in the eighth.

Beard was 4-for-6 with three runs scored.

Grossmont has won 10-straight for the third time this season.

At the other SoCal Sectional, El Camino defeated Orange Coast, 10-8, on Saturday forcing a deciding game on Sunday. Both Northern California Sectional series were also headed to a third and deciding game.

The final four teams will begin play on Saturday, May 27 and will continue through the weekend with the championship game taking place on Monday, May 29.

 

Grossmont vs Long Beach
@ El Cajon, CA
5/20/2017 at 1:00 PM

 

Grossmont
16
Long Beach
2
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H  E
Grossmont (35-7-1) 4 1 0 4 0 0 4 3 0  16  18  0
Long Beach (30-16-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0  2  6  6

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
David Maldonado cf 6 3 2 4 0 3 0
Reece Hernandez 2b 3 1 2 2 2 0 0
Justen Burkey 3b 6 1 2 1 0 1 2
Noah Strohl 1b 6 2 2 1 0 2 3
Trevor Beard c 6 3 4 1 0 0 0
Jale Sim dh 2 0 1 1 1 1 0
   Niko Navarro dh 3 0 1 0 0 1 0
Eric De la Rosa lf 4 0 1 0 0 1 2
   Sean Crosby lf 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
Michael Diffley ss 3 3 1 0 2 0 1
Cabot Van Til rf 4 2 1 1 1 0 0
Tim Holdgrafer p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Donavon McCrystal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 45 16 18 11 6 9 9
BATTING
2B: Justen Burkey
RBI: David Maldonado 4; Reece Hernandez 2; Justen Burkey; Noah Strohl; Trevor Beard; Jale Sim; Cabot Van Til
Sac fly: Reece Hernandez
BASERUNNING
SB: David Maldonado
FIELDING
DP: Reece Hernandez 2; Justen Burkey; Noah Strohl 2; Michael Diffley

Long Beach

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Val Stammler cf 3 0 2 1 0 0 0
Antonio Monroy ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tyler Wilber 2b 4 0 2 0 0 1 0
Vincent Byrd II 1b 3 1 1 1 0 1 1
   Dominic Maxie ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reese Berberet 3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 0
   Robert Funk ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Collin Perez lf 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
   Mickey Miladinovich lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Zach Martinez rf 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
   Jared Mayeda rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robert Barham c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jacob Gotta c 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ian Konek dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
   Andrew Jaekel ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Agnew p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Angel Delgadillo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Cesar Gomez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Chase Ambrose p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Lorenzo Haycox p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jacob Zinger p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 2 6 2 0 9 3
BATTING
2B: Val Stammler
HR: Vincent Byrd II
RBI: Val Stammler; Vincent Byrd II
GIDP: Antonio Monroy; Dominic Maxie
BASERUNNING
SB: Val Stammler
FIELDING
E: Antonio Monroy; Tyler Wilber; Vincent Byrd II; Reese Berberet; Collin Perez; Zach Martinez
DP: Tyler Wilber; Vincent Byrd II

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Tim Holdgrafer (W, 9-0) 7.0 3 1 1 0 9 1
Donavon McCrystal 2.0 3 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 0 9 1
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Tim Holdgrafer 24; Donavon McCrystal 8
HBP: Tim Holdgrafer

Long Beach

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Josh Agnew (L, 10-4) 3.2 12 9 7 1 3 0
Angel Delgadillo 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cesar Gomez 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Chase Ambrose 1.0 2 4 2 3 1 0
Lorenzo Haycox 1.0 3 3 3 1 2 0
Jacob Zinger 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 9.0 18 16 12 6 9 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Josh Agnew 24; Angel Delgadillo 4; Cesar Gomez 3; Chase Ambrose 9; Lorenzo Haycox 8; Jacob Zinger 4

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