Pierce’s baseball team had a tough matchup on a cold windy Tuesday afternoon, losing their second game to Santa Ana College 5-1.
The Dons have put up an impressive record so far this season with 11 wins and only a single loss.
Santa Ana’s pitching staff put out a solid performance by committee using up five pitchers in nine innings and holding the Brahmas to a single run, but the game was lost by Pierce and won by Santa Ana.
The bats were active for Pierce as they had five hits in the game, two more than Santa Ana. However, they could not string hits together, stranding six runners on base.
Right fielder Nick Murphy led the Brahmas with two hits, and left fielder Dylan Tashjian scored the only run on a sacrifice fly.
On the defensive side, the gloves were dusted off and the infield was able to play catch connecting for double plays and keeping the game relatively close.
Despite the decent offensive outing and defensive effort, pitching was subpar for the Brahmas as starting pitcher Elliot Keene had trouble getting out of the second inning walking six batters.
Relief pitcher Arthur Chavez did not do any better as he walked four more. Combined Keene and Chavez gave up 10 walks in the first three innings for four of five runs scored by the Dons.
On a brighter note, Ryan Blakely came in the third inning and threw well for the rest of the game giving up three hits for one run in six innings of pitching.