Struggles continue for baseball team against Ventura

The Brahmas’ baseball team took a beating against Ventura College on  Wednesday.

The final score of 5-0 makes it the third time Pierce has lost against the Pirates this season, bringing their regular season record to 3-8.

“The team consists of twenty freshmen and only 10 sophomores,” said Pierce head coach John Bushart. “With most players experiencing college baseball for their first time, this is a learning process for them but nothing they can’t improve on.”

Pirates’ starting pitcher, Joey Contreras, threw a complete game five-hit shutout to lead his team to another victory against Pierce.

“We just came out a little flat offensively,” said Bushart.

One of the highlights of the game came on the bottom of the fourth inning when Brahmas’ third baseman Michael Hymes, dove for the ball and threw out the runner at first to end the inning.

Pitchers Scott Felgenhauer, Joe Franiak and Christian Tobias came in the game after the sixth inning and managed to keep the offense to two hits and no runs for the rest of the game.

“We used five pitchers and found that to be effective, I think that’s going to be one of our game plans this year,” said coach Bushart.

Although only two of the eight losses have been shutouts, the Brahmas’ .224 team batting average reflects their lack of offense and affects their performance.

“We have been playing and working as a team, as well as failing as a team,” said infielder Matt Sanchez.