East County Sports

Simmons’ homer lifts Griffs over Glendale

Grossmont following the win on Tuesday.


East County Sports staff report

COMPTON (2-21-2019)- Santana High product Terrence Simmons slugged a tie-breaking, 2-run homer in the 8th inning Tuesday (Feb.19), powering Grossmont College to a 7-5 triumph over Glendale College in non-conference baseball action.

The next day, the Griffins (5-3 overall) completed their 2-day trip to greater Los Angeles with a 9-7 setback to host Compton College as all Southland schools scramble to fit contests into their rain-plagued schedules.

Simmons, a freshman left fielder who was batting in the No. 9 spot in the Grossmont batting order, tackled a fastball and sent it over the barrier at historic Casey Stengel Field.

The rally started with a lead single by Eddie Velazco. Pinchrunner Dekota Segina immediate stole second base, but the next pair of Griffins batters struck out. However, Simmons delivered the big blow.

Grossmont starting pitcher Anders Tolhurst finally came out after 8 strong innings, gaining the win when Michael Bovee pitched a perfect 9th inning to garner his first save.

Simmons batted 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, while third baseman Joshua Verdon belted a3-run double in the 4th to give Grossmont a 5-2 lead before Glendale (3-3) got even in the bottom of the fourth.

Compton 9, Grossmont 7: On Wednesday (Feb. 20), trailing almost the entire gamer, the Griffins got even in the 9th on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Hazelhurst (Granite Hills). However, the host Tartars answered with a walk-off, 2-run homer by clean-up hitter Dominic Masciel to cap the catcher’s 5 RBI performance.

A rally by Grossmont saw Aidan Rasmusson (Santana) stroke a lead double, moving to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Joshua Verdon (Granite Hills) before Hazelhurst lifted a fly ball to left to knot the ball game.

However, a 1-oit single was followed by Masciel’s bomb for Compton.
The Tartars (3-7) collected 18 hits, including three each by second baseman Mike Hernandez, first baseman Billy Sanchez, designated hitter Aaron Kirchner and Maciel.

For Grossmont, third baseman Joshua Verdon and left fielder Alexei Andranovich each had two hits, but the ballclub managed just six overall.

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