By Sierra Trujillo
The Bronco baseball team extended its win streak to six games after sweeping Dixie State on Homecoming weekend. While Friday’s game was a bit slower, with the Broncos winning 3-1, Saturday’s game was a hit parade for the Broncos, who totalled 21, in which the final score was 12-0. The Broncos would finish off the sweep Sunday with a walk-off win in the tenth inning.
On Friday, the Red Storm of Dixie State scored first on doubles by Tyler Blair and Donald Glover in the second inning. However, the Broncos gave it right back to them, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. Trevor Magno hit a two-run double, with Matt Munoz following him up with an RBI single.
That would be all the scoring in Friday’s game. However, the game again got interesting in the top of the sixth when the Red Storm’s head coach Chris Pfatenhauer was ejected after arguing a called third strike that ended the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
On Saturday, the Broncos started the game with hot bats and never let them cool down. They collected five hits in a row to start the first inning, scoring three runs. The Broncos scored again in the fourth, collecting two runs on four singles by Munoz, David Armendariz, Chris Carlson and Joseph Eusebio.
The Broncos picked up one run in the fifth on another RBI single from Magno, and two runs in the sixth on an RBI single from Steven Andrade and a sacrifice fly from Nick Cooksey. The Broncos finished it off in the seventh inning with four runs and four hits, including a two RBI double by Eusebio and an RBI double by Bo Walter.
Eusebio, a senior right fielder, went 5-5 Saturday with three RBIs, four singles and a double.
“I was just seeing the ball well and it worked out for me,” said Eusebio. “I thought it was a great team win. We were all in the game and it was great.”
Head coach Randy Betten, in his fourth year coaching the Broncos, was proud of what his team did on Saturday to get the win, compared to Friday’s performance.
“We had a little better approach at the plate,” said Betten. “We put ourselves in positions to score runs and we executed in those spots.”
Collecting 21 hits wasn’t the only stellar performance by the Broncos Saturday. The pitchers combined to throw a shutout game, with starting pitcher Steven Farnworth throwing five innings with three strikeouts for his first win of the season.
“I felt fantastic [after Saturday’s performance],” said Farnworth. “It was a great win. I felt focused, my arm felt good, I felt healthy and I felt like we had what it took to get the win.”
While pitching and hitting may have been positive during Saturday’s game, the Broncos infield did commit three errors. Although they were able to get away with these against the Red Storm, this is something that the Broncos need to work on.
“I wasn’t happy with that at all,” said Betten. “When you play teams and it’s a close game like that and their competing pitch-by-pitch with you, you can’t make those mental mistakes. We’ve got to get better at that.”
On Sunday, the Broncos came away with the win again, although it took an extra inning. With the game tied 3-3 in the fifth, Armendariz hit a two-run homer to put the Broncos ahead 5-3; but Dixie State scored one in the eighth and one in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the tenth, with the bases loaded, Cooksey hit a walk-off single, scoring Armendariz from third. This would continue the Broncos winning streak and extend their record to 6-0.
The Broncos will look to continue their success with four games against CCAA rival Cal State Monterey Bay Friday through Sunday.
Courtesy Tom Zasadzinski
CPP baseball team sweeps Dixie State
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