Season Ends With Grand Canyon Sweep

By Joshua Manly

By Joshua ManlyManaging Editor

Cal Poly said hello to Grand Canyon University over the weekend,
watching their 2007 season coming to end; however, they said
good-bye to five men who wore the uniform for the last time. In a
bittersweet series sweep of Grand Canyon, Cal Poly saw the last of
outfielder Robbie Carter, infielders Kirk Gross, Kevin Falls, and
Kenny Lane, as well as pitcher Anthony Romero. “It was definitely a
disappointing year, no doubt about that,” said Coach Mike Ashman.
“Even though we struggled, we won against a team that was seventh
in the region with a chance to go to regional. They played well,
relaxed and things went our way for a weekend.” Thursday saw the
last start of Anthony Romero’s career as a Bronco pitcher, which
the Broncos won, 14-8. Though he gave up seven earned runs in six
and a third innings of work, the bats were there to support him.
Romero’s win allowed him to walk off of Scolinos Field to an
ovation from family and friends. Junior Ryan Screnar, who has shown
flashes of domination during the season, threw a complete game
shutout in the opening act of Friday’s doubleheader, allowing only
four hits as the Broncos dominated 10-0. “He has been very good,
dominating in the early part of the season,” said Ashman. “He kind
of lost the feel for his breaking ball, his velocity has increased
but his movement on his fastball has decreased. He has always
relied tremendously on the movement of his fastball, a good sink, a
good cut on the ball.” Bryan Jackson walked to the hill as a
starter for the first time in his Bronco career, looking to get a
win in the seven inning afternoon game. “”He is competitive, he
wanted to win, I told him after four I was going to pull him
because in a seven inning game he only needed four for the win,”
said Ashman. “He wanted to end his senior year, the last
competitive baseball he is going to play on a positive note.”
Jackson was taken out after consecutive home runs and was visibly
upset walking to the bullpen on the long road to the rest of his
life. In the bottom of the sixth, the Broncos looked at a
scoreboard that told them with an inning left in the season they
were losing 5-3. Freshman Manuel Navarro came to bat looking for a
rally to help his senior teammates and singled. Robbie Carter then
doubled to the wall and Navarro scored from first on a gutsy run.
Carter then advanced on a wild pitch and the stage was set for
another freshman, catcher Jordan Alcantar. Alcantar walked, after
fouling off consecutive pitches to the wall and was replaced by yet
another freshman, Robert Palmer. Gross came to the plate with the
chance to score the winning run but hit into a double play that
scored Carter from third. One out left in the sixth, A.J. Cavaletto
singled and advanced to second when Antelope third baseman Cody
Johns overthrew first base. Cavaletto stole third with a head first
slide that barely beat Johns’ tag and the winning run stood 90 feet
from home plate. Boggio, the team leader in RBI’s with 30, was the
one man that the Broncos would want up to bat with a runner in
scoring position. Boggio hit a Baltimore chop at second baseman
Jacob Hannah that seemed to be shot up in the air by Scolinos
Field, as if the home territory itself wanted the Broncos to walk
away with a win. Cavaletto scored with ease on the double and Sean
Hunter came in for his sixth save of the season. While the season
has ended, some players are looking toward June and the Major
League Draft. “You try not to think its your last day on the field,
but it is definitely going to cross your mind,” said Gross. “As
each inning goes by you see the game kind of coming to an end but
hopefully I will get a shot to play somewhere else next year, this
summer. Hopefully this will not be my last game on the ball field,
but it will be my last as a Bronco, that is a hard fact to come
to.”

Joshua Manly can be reached by e-mail at
managingeditor@thepolypost.com or by phone at (909) 869-4713.

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