Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chargers Shoot Down Comets in Home Opener

Anderson pitches the Chargers to a 6-3 victory over Palomar College.
Josh Anderson
Cypress, Calif. - Cypress College baseball won its fourth game in as many tries with a 6-3 victory over Palomar College (1-2) in its home opener on Wednesday.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was rescheduled due to the threat of rain.

The Chargers got on the board early against the Comets by scoring the first three runs of the game in the bottom of the first, second and third innings. Jake Clark (3 for 3, 3 RBI) drove in his first of three RBI on the afternoon when he singled in Robert Chavarria (2 for 2, 2 Runs) to give Cypress a 1-0 lead. Parker Starr (2 for 4, 1 Run) made it a 2-0 game when he and teammate Jacob MacWilliam (2 for 4, 1 Run) pulled off a perfectly executed double steal of second and home.

Another Clark RBI in the bottom half of the third inning gave Cypress a 3-0 advantage after Dylan Moore (2 for 5, 2 runs) came in to cross home plate. Palomar rallied back for a run in the fifth inning, and another in the sixth off a solo home run to left off the bat of Casey Munoz that made it a one-run game at 3-2. That was the end of Cypress starting pitcher Josh Anderson's day, but Anderson left the game in line for the win after tossing 5.1 solid innings to earn his first victory of 2012.

Bryson Kauhaahaa finished out the inning to keep Cypress on top by a run. Stephen Derr came in to shut Palomar down in the top half of the seventh, before Cypress added another two runs in the bottom of the inning when Moore and Chavarria each came into score.

The Comet's Tommy Cheek doubled in pinch runner Daniel Lack for Palomar's final run of the game. Cypress would tack on one final run in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to a couple Palomar miscues in the field that allowed MacWilliam to score the Chargers sixth run of the game to make it a 6-3 final.

As a team, Cypress combined for 13 hits at the plate, while only allowing three runs on the mound.

The Chargers will take on Merced College in a pair of games this weekend at Cypress College. The first pitch Friday is set for 2 p.m. Saturday's game is scheduled for noon.

Hightlight video of Jake Clark's first inning RBI. Robert Chavarria scores on the play.

Video shot by Cypress College Public Information Officer Marc Posner.

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