Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chargers Squeeze Out Win Over Tigers

Brad Hartong
Brad Hartong delivered a two-out walk-off bunt in the bottom of the ninth.
Cypress, Calif. - Cypress College baseball earned its first Orange Empire Conference victory of the year with a walk-off 5-4 victory over Riverside Community College in the bottom of ninth inning at Charger Field today.

The Chargers (11-3, 1-1) got the tying run aboard in the ninth when Trent Zaks singled up the middle with one out in the inning. Parker Starr followed with another base knock to move Zaks into scoring position, then Anthony Razo avoided an inning-ending double play when he legged out a fielder's choice that got Starr for the second out of the inning on his way to second base. Cypress sophomore catcher Brad Hartong made the most out of his only at-bat on the afternoon when he caught RCC's third baseman playing back a little too far, and laid down a perfect squeeze that scored Zaks from third base to give Cypress the one run conference victory.

Darren Gidley (2-1) won his second game of the year after coming into relieve Charger starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon in the top of the eight inning. Poncedeleon finished with nine strikeouts and four runs allowed - three earned - in 7.1 innings of work. Gidley tossed a scoreless 1.2 innings that included striking out three of five hitters.

Rowan Wick and Parker Starr both had a pair of hits and an RBI. Cody Webster and Hartong's game winning hit accounted for the Chargers other RBI. Robert Chavarria scored twice for Cypress, Jake Clark, Starr and Zaks rounded out the scoring for Cypress College.

Cypress will travel to Irvine Valley College on Tuesday, March, 6 for a 2 p.m. game, before returning home to play Saddleback College at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 8.

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