By Anthony Carrillo
The Broncos baseball team opened a series this past Thursday against the visiting CSU Monterey Bay Otters.
This was a back and forth affair that came down to the wire as the teams were tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
CPP continued to grind though and were able to muster up a run in the seventh and another in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead.
With the Broncos hanging on to the lead, head coach Randy Betten decided to keep the ball in the hands of relief pitcher Ryan Alsworth. Alsworth did not let them down as he was lights out from the hill.
He rounded up four strikeouts in three innings and only surrendered two hits. With that performance he also earned himself his first win of the season.
Alsworth was not alone in efforts as Kyle Candalla took on a load of the run scoring and sent two across home plate as he went 2-4. Coach Betten was proud of the team’s performance.
“A close ball game is good for us, and to get the outcome that we wanted,” said coach Betten. “To see that, to see us only give up two runs is really important. There were some stressful moments there but we found a way to make pitches so I’m proud of that.”
A day break would prove to be the rest the Otters needed as the Broncos faced them again on Saturday and beat CPP with a final score of 7-6.
Kyle Dohy was the starting pitcher for Saturday. He racked up six strikeouts in three innings.
Relievers Andre Henson and Wyatt Shackleford both combined for five strikeouts and only gave up one run and three hits in six innings.
Hitting seemed to be contagious as six out of the ten batters to go up all got hits.
Cody Martin and Brennan McKenzie led the charge as both got a combined five hits and four RBI’s. Martin earned two extra base hits within those three hits he had.
The team’s batting average was .324.
However, with this loss, the Broncos dropped to 4-6 on the season.
Courtesy of Bronco Athletics
Freshman Brennan McKenzie finished with three hits in the Broncos’ opener against Monterey Bay
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