By Brandon Richardson / Staff Writer
With 17 hits, LBCC’s baseball team wrangled up an 11-5 victory against the Glendale Vaqueros on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Freshman shortstop Julian Griego said, “We hit good the whole game. Big hits in big situations!”
Griego went 5-5 with four singles and a double, while freshman left fielder Justin Davis went 4-5 with three singles and a double.
Also, during the top of the fifth inning, with bases loaded, sophomore center fielder Daniel Pitts hit a triple off the fence in left-center field scoring three.
Aside from an active offense, the defense came through with sophomore pitcher Daniel Navar throwing 82 pitches to 23 batters in his five and a third innings.
He walked only two batters, had one strikeout, and allowed only six hits and three earned runs to get his first win of the season.
Navar said, “Way better compared to last week. Fastball wasn’t there, but it did its job. Slider was on. The defense really came through.”
However, the game was not without incident for the Vikings. In the top of the third with two outs, sophomore catcher Yamel Delgado hit a double. The next batter, freshman second baseman Parnell Roberts Jr., singled into center. Delgado advanced to third and was waved home by third base coach Casey Crook.
The throw home from Vaqueros’ center fielder, Jay Sheeley, beat Delgado to the plate. Delgado attempted a late slide and was ejected from the game for an illegal slide.
While a collision between base runners and catchers is acceptable at the professional level, Community College baseball takes a strong stance against plays that may cause bodily harm. According to NCAA Rule 8, Section 7, Subsection 2, “If the contact is flagrant or malicious before the runner touches the plate, the runner shall be declared out and also ejected from the contest.”
Therefore, a late slide by Delgado, though a subjective call by the umpire, is grounds to be ejected from the game and suspended for one game.
When talking about the call, Delgado said, “It’s baseball, you know? It happens. Just have to play hard all the time, and that’s what I do. The call could have gone both ways.”
When talking about how he felt about his team’s prospects for the remainder of season, Coach Casey Crook said, “Offense has a chance to be really good this year. We just need to keep scoring a lot of runs. I’m still trying out different lineups, but things are starting to come together.”
Since their game at Glendale, the Vikings won a home game against Irvine Valley, lost an away game to Irvine Valley, had three straight losses to Orange Coast, and had a loss to Fullerton.
Their record is now 3-8 for the season, with their next game being Thursday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at Fullerton College.