Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cypress Swept by Pirates

Chargers let early lead slip away for second straight game against Coast.

Jonathan Torres
Cypress, Calif. - Cypress scores two runs early, but Orange Coast rallies from behind for the second straight game to beat the Chargers 5-3 in an Orange Empire Conference matchup at OCC on Thursday.

Anthony Razo got the Chargers (14-7, 4-5) first inning rally started with a one-out double to right off of Orange Coast (21-2-1, 8-1) starting pitcher Brandon Brennan. Robert Chavarria singled to move Razo over to third, then Jonathan Torres came through with a two-out single to left that brought in Razo for the first run of the game. After moving over to third on the Torres single, Chavarria stole home to put the Chargers up 2-0 after a half-an-inning of play.

Cypress starting pitcher Stephen Derr held Coast scoreless for the first three innings until the Pirates made it a 2-1 contest with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. OCC would take a 3-2 lead in the sixth after scoring a pair of runs off of Derr.

The Chargers tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning after Jonathan Torres scored from third base on a wild pitch. Cypress was in good position to regain the lead with a man only 90 feet away and just one out in the inning, but a harmless pop up and ground out ended their hopes for another score.

Orange Coast made the most of its opportunity in the bottom half of the eighth inning by putting two runs on the board to take a 5-3 lead into the ninth inning. The Pirates made that score stand up to earn the season sweep over the Chargers with a 5-3 win at home.

Cypress plays at Riverside on Friday in the second meeting of the year between the two squads.

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