Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chargers Cruise Over Rustlers

Chargers put on their best hitting performance of the season today against the visiting Golden West Rustlers.


Cypress, Calif. - If there was such a thing as a picture perfect swing, Rowan Wick of Cypress College had it today.  He went 4 for 4 with a two run opposite field bomb in the sixth inning to help the Chargers cruise into there fifth Orange Empire Conference victory.  Cypress (11-19, 5-11) defeated Golden West (18-15-1, 9-10)  10 to 5 keeping there slim chance at the playoffs alive.

Rowan Wick
 Cypress starting pitcher, Stephen Derr, was nearly flawless today as he had his best start of the season. Derr went seven and two-thirds innings for the Chargers while only allowing two unearned runs.  Alon Leichman came in in relief, while Kevin Klaess, and Josh Anderson got their fair share on the mound as well.

Rowan Wick may have led the offensive charge, but Dylan Fitzgerald, Parker Starr, and Dylan Moore were not too far behind.  As a team, the Chargers reached base safely on seventeen hits. Fitzgerald and Starr came together with a combined three RBI's while Moore added two hits to the surge.

The Chargers will finish up the series against the Rustlers tomorrow at Golden West.  Cypress is in a must win scenario for the playoffs to even come down to a coin flip.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Chargers Lose Second Straight to Saddleback

For the second game in a row, Cypress only managed to score two runs against the Gauchos.

Alon Leichman
Cypress, Calif. - The Chargers (19-11, 6-9) really could have used a victory over Saddleback College (11-17, 5-10) at home on Thursday, but things didn't go Cypress' way in a 10-2 Orange Empire Conference loss to the Gauchos.

Robert Chavarria blasted a solo shot over the left field wall in the top of the sixth to give Cypress one of its runs, while Dylan Fitzgerald scored from third on a wild pitch after tripling to the wall in centerfield. Pierce Bily, Chavaria and Brad Hartong all had two-hit afternoons.

Saddleback's Lee Casas drove in three runs on 3 of 4 hitting and a runs scored. Gaucho leadoff man Ryan Forkel made the most of his one hit in five at bats by scoring twice, and driving in three runs as well.

Cypress starter Stephn Derr left the game in the sixth after allowing four runs on four hits, with three strikeouts. Alon Leichman, Bryson Kauhaahaa, Kyle Ferramola and Releigh Rushing all came out of the pen for the Chargers.

Cypress will hit the road Saturday afternoon, to take on Santa College in the second meeting of the two squads this season. On Tuesday at 2 p.m., Cypress will host the Dons in the final regular season matchup between the two teams.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cypress Drops Season Series to Saddleback

Six run inning Cypress is too much to overcome in a 7-2 loss at Saddleback.


Mission Viejo, Calif. - Cypress College held a one-run lead through 6.5 innings, but a six-run seventh by Saddleback College (10-18, 4-10) secured the Orange Empire Conference victory for the Gauchos at home on Tuesday.

Pierce Bily turned in a solid performance for the Chargers (19-10, 6-8) with a 3 for 4 day at the plate with one RBI and a run scored. Brad Hartong was 2 for 4, while Dylan Fitzgerald, Jake Clark, Parker Starr and Alex Newman each chipped in with a hit apiece. Newman scored the Chargers other run on the afternoon.

Cypress starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon cruised through six innings by only giving up one run to the Gauchos, but a rocky seventh chased him from the game with one out in the inning. Ricky Schafer allowed the other three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

The Chargers got on the board first in the top of third when Newman hit a single, moved to second on a ground out, advanced to third on a balk, and scored on a Saddleback error to make it a 1-0 ballgame.

In the bottom of the inning Saddleback tied the game at 1-1, but Cypress went back ahead in the top of the fifth inning on a solo homer by Biley that made the score 2-1.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh when Saddleback broke the game open with a six-run at-bat, and take a 7-2 lead. Cypress wasn't able to score again in its final two at bats.

The Chargers return home to play the Gauchos in a tiebreaking third and final time this season.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cypress Sweeps Northern Road Trip

The Chargers won three straight in Fresno with wins over Cuesta, Canyons and host Fresno City.

Brad Hartong
Fresno, Calif. - The spring break road trip came just in time for Cypress College baseball.

After not hitting like they did for most of the year over the past few games, the Chargers got back to winning with a 2-0 victory over Cuesta in their first game of the week, a 13-2 pounding of College of the Canyons in their second matchup, and a tight 4-3 decision over host Fresno City College in their final game of the road trip.


Daniel Poncedeleon was untouchable in five-hit, seven-inning scoreless outing that earned him an impressive victory over one of the state's top teams, Cuesta College. Darren Gidley got his seventh save of the season in two innings of work.

Rowan Wick's solo homer, and a run batted in by Starr accounted for the only two runs of the game.


Cypress put it on Canyons with a 13-2 rout, before closing out the week with a hard-fought one-run victory over Fresno.


Despite getting outhit 14-5 by Fresno City, Cypress made the most of its opportunities by scoring four runs on five hits in a 4-3 non-conference victory.

Brad Hartong was responsible for two of those hits, as well as two runs scored. Alex Newmann had the only RBI for Cypress in the game, while Dylan Moore and Jake MacWilliams each scored once in the game.

Ricky Schafer scored his fourth win of the year with a solid performance out of the bullpen, and Darren Gidley shut Fresno down in the ninth to notch his eighth of the year.

Cypress returns home on Thursday, April 12 to get back into Orange Empire Conference play when they host Saddleback College at 2 p.m.