East County Sports

Hawks take three of four from Bethesda


East County Sports staff report

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (1-27-2019/UPDATE 1-30-2019) – San Diego Christian College dropped its season opener, but roared back to take the next three games from visiting Bethesda (Calif.) over a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend (Jan. 25-26) at Stars Field.

Hawks second baseman David Blanset beat the setting sun by just a few moments, blanketing a fastball over the left field fence – a 2-run shot – to snap a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the sixth (and final) inning. The 2-run shot also scored first baseman Joel Pedretti, who reached on an error when the Bethesda right-fielder lost the ball in the sun.

However, the miscue became moot when Blanset, the clean-up hitter, went deep for an 8-6 triumph after dropping the opening ballgame to the Anaheim-based Flames, 7-4.

Third baseman Cole Anderson batted 2-or-5 and drove in two runs. Catcher Hayden Gilbert also posted two RBI, but without the aid of a base hit.
On Day 2, San Diego Christian swept Bethesda, 10-5 and 14-4, moving the club’s record to 3-1. Bethesda fell to 2-3 overall.

The Hawks jumped to a 10-1 in the opener, then used a 10-run outburst in the 6th inning to bust open a 5-3 lead in the nightcap.

The opener saw Ryan Culp (West Hills ’15) line a home run through the windy conditions to left field, when the Hawks scored four times in the 4th to make it 7-0.

Meanwhile, SDCC starting pitcher Leo Soto carried a shutout into the 7th inning to gain the victory.

In the second game, the Hawks overcame a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the 4th to support freshman pitcher Antonio Carreon, then clinched a triumph in his debut with the 10-run explosion.

Pedretti knocked in two more runs, as did Canadian center fielder Tyler Schindel, and designated hitters Kennedy Chun and Billy Strom.

San Diego Christian travels to Point Loma Nazarene for an exhibition game Tuesday, then take nine days off before traveling to Riverside to meet La Sierra.

UPDATE: On Tuesday (Jan. 29), Point Loma Nazarene dominated in a 2102 decision over the Hawks in an exhibition game against the NCAA Division II Sea Lions.

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