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.

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