Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chargers Edged 3-2 at IVC

Irvine Valley scores one run in the bottom of the ninth to edge Chargers.
Jonathan Torres
Irvine, Calif. - Cypress couldn't capitalize on a scoring opportunity in the top of the ninth, while the Lasers made the most of their chance in the bottom half of the inning to pull out a 3-2 Orange Empire Conference victory at home on Tuesday.

The Chargers (11-4, 1-2) scored twice in the eighth inning to tie the game at 2-2, then looked like they might take the lead for the first time in the game in the ninth when Brad Hartong singled and stole second base to lead off the inning, before the next man up, Anthony Razo, drew a walk to give Cypress runners on first and second with nobody out.

Cypress tried to move Hartong to third on a sac bunt by Dylan Moore, but a quick throw to third by IVC (8-8, 2-1) starting pitcher Jesus Meza got there in time to get Hartong for the first out of the inning. Razo and Moore both moved into scoring position on the next play when Dylan Fitzgerald grounded out to first base for out number two, but they were both left stranded at second and third base when IVC relief pitcher Jason Euler (2-0) got Jake Clark swinging for the final out of the inning.

Irvine Valley got a pinch-hit single by Tyler Acevedo to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning against Cypress reliever Ricky Schafer (2-2) - who lost for only the second time this season. The Lasers got another single by Bryce Hara two batters later to move Acevedo into scoring position, then a one-out walk-off single to left by Scott Kaplan gave the Lasers their second OEC win of the year.

Three Chargers collected Cypress' six hits in the ballgame. Jonathan Torres, Hartong and Parker Starr each had 2 for 4 days at the plate. Torres and Clark scored the Chargers' pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning.

Cypress starting pitcher Raleigh Rushing went 4.1 innings with one run allowed on three hits. Josh Anderson gave up a run in 2.1 innings of relief, before Schafer came in to pitch the eighth and ninth.

The Chargers will return home to host two league games to close out the week. On Thursday, Cypress will host Saddleback College at 2 p.m.

Saturday's noon matchup will feature the Chargers against rival Santa Ana College in an early season test for both squads.

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