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Orange Coast blasts Cougars

COC gives up eight home runs, 14 unanswered runs in loss to Pirates

Posted: April 11, 2009 12:59 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The College of the Canyons baseball team gave up eight home runs, four in the ninth inning, in a 20-3 loss to Southern California’s top-ranked team, visiting Orange Coast College on Friday.

The Cougars (20-13-1, 15-5), ranked 10th in the region, were as close as 6-3 in the sixth inning, but Orange Coast (23-9, 12-3) scored 14 unanswered runs to end the game, including a 10-run knockout blow in the ninth.

“We’ve been better,” said COC head coach Chris Cota. “OC is a good baseball team and played as expected. The score was not indicative of how the game went. They jumped on us late.”

The eight Pirate home runs came from only four batters, (Mykai Stokes, Drew Hillman, Brett Wallach and Ricky Stokes) who had two thundering blasts each. Stokes’ two home runs both came in the ninth inning.

“We’re not going to hang our heads,” Cota said. “It was just one of those days.”

COC didn’t help its cause offensively either, as the Cougars batted only 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.

COC starting pitcher Caleb Deville struggled early, surrendering two home runs and hitting two batters in the first, as the Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead. He then appeared to settle in, retiring the next four batters on fly balls, until another home run broke his streak.

“It’s just how I’ve been lately,” Deville said. “They took advantage of pitches I left up. We didn’t do what we needed to win. We didn’t hit and we didn’t pitch.”

Deville gave up six earned runs in five innings and was credited with the loss.

“(Deville’s) our guy,” Cota said. “We’re going to go to him in our last eight conference games.”

COC’s runs came from second and sixth inning fielder’s choices and an RBI single from Trevor Bloom in the sixth.

The loss to the Pirates, who play in the Orange Empire Conference, does not affect COC’s first place standing in the South Division of the Western State Conference. After a break from conference play and a 2-1 record in a spring tournament, COC jumps back into conference play on Tuesday at third-place Los Angeles Mission College. Following the loss, Cota had confidence in his team’s ability to bounce back.

“Our guys will be fine,” Cota said. “They’ll be ready to go on Tuesday.”


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