Falcons soar over the Brahmas

Baseball saw their season come to an end at the hands of the no. 1 seed Cerritos College Falcons as the team dropped both games in the best out-of-three series.

The Brahmas got the win over the San Diego Mesa College Olympians in the Wild Card Round 7-1, to set up a showdown with the Falcons.

In game one on Friday, the Brahmas put up a fight against the Falcons taking the game to extra innings.

After a scoreless first inning, Cerritos took the lead as Andre Alvarez hit a homerun into right field.

The third inning was scoreless, but in the top of the fourth the Brahmas tied the game as Bryce Vitt scored after a ground ball which led Gabe Curtier to run to third, putting the team in scoring position once again.

However, the Brahmas wouldn’t be able to take advantage and in the bottom of the fourth, Ramon Bramasco, short stop, scored to restore the Falcons’ lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, things shifted in favor of the team. Brandon Lavalle hit a homerun into left field, which also brought Curtier home giving the Brahmas their first lead of the game.

Lewis scored a homerun extending the Brahmas’ lead to 6-2. On that play both Picketts and Diego Harris would have unearned runs.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, things went downhill for the Brahmas. Jesus Mercado hit a double down left center of the field as Bramasco and Jakob Gonzalez would score, cutting the Brahmas lead to 6-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Falcons would tie the game at six. [Jakob] Gonzalez hit a single down right field which allowed both Gabriel and Michael Gonzalez to run home to send the game to extra innings.

In the 10th inning no team could score the winning run, but in the bottom of the 11th, Nick Penzetta hit a single to left field, which allowed Gabriel Gonzalez to score the winning giving the Falcons the win.

In game two on Saturday, the Brahmas had to win to force a third game, but the Falcons were not interested in having a game three.

Jorge Rodriguez gave the Falcons the lead off a wild pitch, which resulted in Bramasco advancing to third base. Bramasco would end up scoring off a single by Andre Alvarez.

In the top of the third inning, Cerritos doubled their lead as Rollie Nichols would score and Bramasco getting his second run of the game off an error by center fielder Mike Scolaro.

The Brahmas would get on the scoreboard as Harris scored off a Lewis’ single to right field making the score 4-1.

At the bottom of the fifth, Nick Pico scored off a double by Lewis bringing the Brahmas’ deficit to two runs. However a fielding error by Harris would allow Rodriguez to score to make it 5-2.

At the bottom of the sixth, the Brahmas had a golden chance to tying the game as Pico got hit by a pitch which allowed Lavalle to score. Harris would advance to second and Curtier to third.

The Brahmas were down 5-4 when Lewis scored his first run of the game, but the Falcons would eventually get the upper hand in this series as they scored five more runs to win the game 9-4.

The Brahmas end their season with a 21-19 overall record finishing second in conference behind Bakersfield College.

The Falcons advance to the Super Regional round where they’ll face the El Camino College Warriors on Thursday, May 11, at 2 p.m.