East County Sports

Hawks reeling during GSAC campaign



ECS staff report

ROCKLIN – For the third straight weekend, the San Diego Christian College Hawks were swept in a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheaders, this time falling to host William Jessup University. On Friday (Mar. 5), the scorers were 25-6 and 11-4, followed by Saturday’s (Mar. 6) setbacks of 9-3 and 12-6.

SDCC (2-17 overall, 0-12 GSAC West Division) has now dropped 16 straight, the string starting right after a ballgame was canceled – because of rain and not the pandemic.

The Warriors belted six homers in their run total of 25 in the opener of the 4-game series. It was the most runs allowed by SDCC since an unmemorable school record of 32 were given up to Azusa Pacific in a 32-6 throttling in the first game of a doubleheader on Apr. 4, 2009. That same day, the Cougars also won the second game on a walk-off in extra innings– talk about taking it on the chin on both ends of the loss spectrum.
What are the prospects for the next Hawks victory? Not good. Among the four other clubs in the team’s division, all are NAIA nationally ranked – except William Jessup, which just out-scored them by a 57-19 count.
A few SDCC highlights:

Game 1: left fielder Joseph Canty batted 3-for-4, including his second home run of the season, with four RBI and 2 runs scored. Senior catcher Tanner Mayberry went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Game 2: Freshman shortstop Cade Cabral batted 2-for-2 with a homer and a pair of RBI. Cabral also doubled.

Game 3: Reserve catcher Carl Hudson registered his first hit of the season, but SDCC managed just two other safeties.

Game 4: Center fielder Ryan Lystlund, a junior outfielder who batted .382 as a senior at Arbor View High in Las Vegas, smacked a double and a triple. He also belted a pair of extra-base hit (a triple and a home run) in the team’s GSAC opener at Westmont.

Next weekend, San Diego Christian plays a pair of twin bills in Costa Mesa again 18th-ranked Vanguard University.

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