Defensive errors cost baseball team the game against Valley

Defensive errors and lack of productivity cost the Pierce College baseball team their first conference loss of the season against rivals Valley College Saturday.

Even though the Brahmas’ outhit Valley during the game, the Monarchs came on top with a final score of 8-3.

The game started off slow as each team did not score any runs until the Monarchs broke the ice in the fourth inning with an RBI double by right fielder Marcel Chavez off of Brahmas’ starting pitcher David Carver.

“Our starters had a good tone in the beginning but games aren’t won in the first innings they’re won in the last three innings and [Valley] won the last three innings,” said Pierce College head coach John Bushart.

Carver allowed five runs on three hits while striking out four batters in seven innings of work.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” said Valley College Dave Mallas. “We’re just fortunate we came out on top.”

A wild pitch from Carver at the top of the fifth inning allowed the Monarchs to add another two runs making the score 3-0.

The Brahmas came close to tying it at the bottom of the fifth as they loaded the bases and catcher Greg Koll’s two-RBI single brought Nicholas Bobbs and Kevin Torres home making the score 3-2 Monarchs.

“[Greg] Koll had three hits and [Nick] Murphy had two hits which was a plus,” shortstop R.J. Randal said.

It was a tough game until the eighth inning, when Valley added a total of five runs taking advantage of the three defensive errors the Brahmas committed.

“That five run inning really killed the tempo of the team,” Randal said. ““I felt the intensity wasn’t up. [We] died a little through the game.”

Greg Koll started off the Brahmas’ ninth inning by walking to first, Matt Sanchez had gotten out, and Christian Tobias, Nick Schmidt, and Cody deSpain got bases on balls bringing Koll home.

Brandon Rapoport and Kevin Torres both struck out looking ending the game 8-3 for the Monarchs.

The Brahmas will visit Mission College Thursday Mar. 8 at 2 p.m.

http://info.piercecollege.edu/departments/Athletics/baseball.html

 

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