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COC plays itself out

Posted: April 29, 2014 10:45 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2014 10:45 p.m.

The College of the Canyons baseball team’s postseason came to an abrupt end on Tuesday with its 6-5 loss at East Los Angeles College.

As the No. 18 seed in the California Community College Athletic Association Baseball Southern Regional Playoffs, the Cougars needed to win the single elimination, play-in game in order to get a shot at No. 1 seed Orange Coast College.

But the Cougars had to move past the No. 15 seed Huskies first.

It was a back-and-forth game that saw the Cougars take, and give up, the lead three different times.

“(East L.A.) just clawed back and stayed in the game,” said Cougars head coach Chris Cota. “We hit the ball well. We had opportunities to score but we just couldn’t get it done.”

COC jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning but East L.A. evened the score with two of their own in the third.

David Oppenheim gave COC the lead again in the fifth with a sacrifice fly that scored Austin Cole.

The Cougars padded their lead in the seventh when Huskies catcher Daniel Moriel committed an error on a Oppenheim bunt that allowed Nick Vigo to score, pushing the score to 4-2.

Moriel atoned in the bottom of the inning with a RBI single to center field that scored Eduardo Pedroza. The Huskies then tied the game at four when Daniel Dominguez scored Yamel Zamudio with a RBI single.

COC then took its final lead of the game in the eighth when Vigo singled to left and plated J.D. Krauskopf to make the score 5-4.

The lead would be short-lived, however, because the Huskies scored another two in the bottom of the inning for the final score of 6-5.

This is the third straight year the Cougars end their season with a single-run loss.

They lost 5-4 last year to Cypress in the CCCAA Super Regionals and, in 2012, 6-5 to Santa Barbara in a 16-inning heartbreaker in another play-in game.

COC ends its season at 19-17-1.

“What can you say when your season is over?” Cota said. “I thought we had a good year. Obviously we would like to be playing this weekend but I’m happy with how the guys played this year. We had a tight-knit group and I look forward to having a lot of these guys back next year.”


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