By Aaron Salazar
Cal Poly Pomona’s baseball team held its annual alumni weekend on Friday and Saturday.
“The baseball program has done a really good job connecting with their alumni,” said Ivan Alber, Bronco Athletics’ assistant athletic director for public relations. “This is one of their opportunities to do so.”
The team hosted the program’s alumni on Saturday for a friendly pick-up game at Scolinos Field.
The current players did not take it easy on the alumni, punishing them 17-1.
However, the alumni did put up a good fight for the first three innings.
They were the first to score in the top of the fourth against junior pitcher Cody Ponce, after they led off the inning with a single and followed with a hit batter.
Ponce settled down and got himself out of the jam with some help from his defense.
After that, current Broncos took the lead.
The current team tacked on six runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning and never looked back.
They scored at least one run in each of the next three innings.
The highlight of the day for the alumni was a solo blast in the top of the ninth, off of Donald Walter’s bat.
“Everyone was saying we just have to get on the board,” said Walter, a 2013 business law graduate. “I said, ‘Let me get up one more time and I’ll see what I can do, boys.'”
Walter delivered for his team, and ended the day on a high note for everyone.
David Armendariz, a 2013 liberal studies alumnus who played for the Broncos before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians, touched on what it means to be a CPP baseball alumnus.
“It’s huge,” said Armendariz. “I love this program. I love being a part of a program that wants to win and has good character.
I think that’s been built since [coach] Randy Betten has been here.”
Betten is entering his fifth season as the Broncos’ head coach.
The team also held its annual golf tournament at the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course on Friday.
The tournament began at 11:30 a.m. with about 120 golfers participating, including some alumni.
The tournament was followed by a silent auction, a poker night and dinner after all of the golfers had finished up their rounds.
“[The golf tournament] was a blast,” said Geoff Broussard, a 2012 animal science alumnus who played baseball at CPP from 2008-12. “Seeing all of these guys again is fantastic.”
The cost of the tournament was $140 per golfer.
Tournament sponsors helped generate extra funds for the program.
“The golf tournament profit goes right back into the program for operations or improvements,” said assistant coach Bret Lachemann. “Coach Betten and myself have tried to improve something each year.”
Lachemann played at CPP until 1991, when he moved onto the Angels organization.
“I feel like with the team we have, we will be in every game,” said assistant coach Jenzen Torres, a 2012 sociology alumnus and former player for the Broncos. “Our pitching staff is high quality, we got quality defensive players and we can hit.
“This year should be a good year for us, if we just stay healthy and don’t let games slip away. I really think we are gonna be successful this year.”
Hayden Yi / The Poly Post
Baseball alumni game
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