The Pierce College baseball team came out Saturday afternoon with a strong outing in a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs,hand winning both games handily behind solid pitching performances.
The Brahmas won the first game 8-1, while game two finished with a score 3-0.
Starting pitchers Derek Sesma and Bobby Schauer were each able to give Pierce seven strong innings in both games. Sesma was able to record his first win of the season, while Schauer grabbed his second win and threw a shut out performance that notched six strikeouts for the game.
Despite their dominant outings, both players credited the rest of the team for the wins and their success for the day.
“They hit like no other team I have been on,” said Schauer, who continued to say that it helps to have every guy in the lineup capable of making big hits.
Sophomore Kevin Torres led the offensive charge in the first game, going 4-5 with a double and a three-run home run for four run batted in.
In the second game, shortstop Michael Hymes successfully sparked the Brahmas with three hits. The team was able to take advantage of a costly error by L.A. Valley’s center fielder, Andrew Saldana, to break the game open in the fourth inning.
Additionally, first baseman Alex Sawelson ended the day with three consecutive multi-hit games going 2-3 against Santa Ana, 2-4 and 2-3 against Valley.
“It’s great to have the team backing you up,” Sesma said, commenting on the team’s overall defense for the day. “It helps me settle in better.”
Pierce coach John Bushart also credited the team defense but more specifically on their quick improvement from their first doubleheader, where they recorded 11 total errors. For their second doubleheader, they only had one error for the two games against the Monarchs.
Bushart added on that he was proud of the team coming out ready and focused for the doubleheader despite having to endure a blowout loss to Santa Ana College Thursday and a postponement due to weather conditions on Friday.
The Brahmas will be looking to extend their wins against Antelope Valley (2-2) on Wednesday at 2 p.m. It will be the first game of their back-to-back-to-back home stretch next week.