Thursday, March 8, 2012

Four-Run Seventh Springs Chargers to Victor

Cypress College scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Saddleback College 7-4 at home on Thursday.

Parker Starr
Cypress, Calif. - The Chargers rallied back from a run down in the seventh to walk away with a 7-4 Orange Empire Conference victory over Saddleback College at home on Thursday.

Cypress (12-4, 2-2) started the game out strong with the first three batters in the lineup coming in to score to make it a 3-0 ballgame heading into the second inning. Pierce Bily (2 for 4, 1 Run) led off the game with an infield single, then came around to score on a triple down the right field line by Dylan Moore (1 for 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI). Moore didn't have to wait long to cross the plate either, as the next batter up, Robert Chavarria (2 for 5, 2 Runs, 1 RBI), drove him in with an RBI double. Chavarrio scored a couple of batters later after stealing third base and scoring on an RBI single by Dylan Fitzgerald (1 for 1, 1 Run, 1 RBI) to give Cypress a 3-0 lead over the Gauchos. The Chargers finished with five stolen bases on the afternoon, including a pair by Bily - who stole second base, then third on the next pitch - Jake Clark (2 for 5, 1 Run), Chavarria and Alex Newman (1 for 3).

Saddleback College (5-8, 0-4) would answer back with one run in the second inning to cut Cypress' lead to 3-1, but that's all the scoring either side got for the next couple of frames, as both starters settled in. Cypress College starting pitcher Carl Robinson (0-1) didn't factor into the decision after leaving the game in the top of the sixth up 3-2 with the bases loaded full of Gauchos. Ricky Schafer (3-2) earned his team-leading third win of the year in relief.

With one run already in for the Gauchos in the top of the sixth, Cypress lost its lead for the first time in the game when Joseph Martin singled to center and drove in two runs to give Saddleback a 4-3 edge.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Chargers scored four times off of Saddleback's bullpen. Gaucho starting pitcher, Evan Manarino wouldn't factor into the decision either, after leaving the game clinging to a 4-3 lead through six and a half innings. Reliever Christian Stubbs (1-3) got the loss for the Gauchos after giving up a leadoff single to Chavarria, then a line drive to center that was dropped to put Clark on base as well. Parker Starr (1 for 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI) came up with a clutch two-run single up the middle that scored Chavarria and Clark to put the Chargers back on top for good.

A sac fly by Brad Hartong (1 RBI) brought in Fitgerald for the Chargers third run of the inning. A wild pitch by the Gauchos third hurler of the inning, Kyle Katsandri, allowed Starr to trot in from third base to give Cypress a 7-4 lead. That would finish off all the scoring for the game and guarantee Cypress College its second OEC victory of 2012. Charger closer Darren Gidley came in to close out the ninth, and earn his team-high fifth save of the season.

Cypress looks to remain undefeated in OEC play at home this season when they host Santa Ana College on Saturday at noon.

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