East County Sports

Hawks’ losing streak reaches 20 games



ECS staff report

COSTA MESA – The San Diego Christian College baseball team gave nationally-ranked Vanguard University a scare in the first game of a 4-game weekend series. That was the only wake-up call needed for the hosts.
The No. 18 Lions survived a 7-6 scare from the Hawks in Friday’s doubleheader opener, then went on to sweep the series, 13-4, 13-3, and 11-1, in Golden State Athletic Conference action.
Vanguard (23-3 overall, 11-1 GSAC West Division), winners in 14 of its last 15 ballgames, built a 7-3 lead in Game 1, but the Hawks fought back.
SDCC left fielder Johnny Radomskiy belted a 2-run homer in the eighth to halve the deficit. The blow was his second of the season; his first since the season’s opening week.
Then in the ninth, shortstop Billy Strohm ripped a run-scoring double, also sending the potential game-tying runner to third base. However, Vanguard closed out the triumph on a strikeout.
For San Diego Christian (2-21, 0-16 GSAC West), sophomore second baseman Joseph Canty continues to lead the ballclub in batting. He also seeks the team Triple Crown, also leading in homer runs, while sitting second behind Jake Luther in RBI.
The Hawks next meet another ranked opponent in No. 19 Benedictine University at Mesa (Ariz.) for a pair of twin-bills next weekend as SDCC continues its season-long, 44-game road trip due to COVID-19 restrictions in San Diego County. However, there is hope some home games could be salvaged if local officials lower the pandemic stage level.

Notes: The Hawks’ losing streak is now 20 straight. The old record depends on how one interprets the rules. A decade ago, te school once lost 16 in-a-row, then they had a 17-game skid a few years later. However, four of those contests came back as forfeit victories, thus reverting back to 16 as the official mark until Friday.

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