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COC notebook: The grind begins early

Baseball has to recover from poor start to season

Posted: April 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The dog days of the spring season are here.

This is where the character of teams are tested, but this week, COC sports appeared to have passed.

As baseball slowly crawls back into contention in the Western State Conference after a rough start to the season, softball maintains a strong showing on its side.

The track and field teams got into the mix as well with commendable showings in the second conference meet of the season.

With a few weeks to go in conference play, now is the time to make a move.


The Cougars offset a loss early in the week with a three straight wins, including a sweep of Bakersfield to round things out.

By winning three of four, COC improved to 15-11, 7-6 in the WSC, South Division where it is locked up in a three-way tie for third place.

In Tuesday’s 7-1 loss at L.A. Mission, starting pitcher Shawn Meusborn shut down the COC lineup, going six innings and allowing just one run.

Left fielder Kamran Young singled home Micha Browne for the Cougars’ lone run of the ball game in the fifth inning.
Other than that, L.A. Mission pitching allowed just four other hits in the game.

Things began to turn in COC’s favor as the week wore on though.

On Thursday, it topped Bakersfield 6-5 in an 11-inning battle.

While Robbie Mousselli was up to bat for the Cougars with two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Enrique Meza misplayed a ball, which allowed Mitchell Thompson to score the winning run.

Usually a starter, COC’s Troy Neiman got the win in relief by pitching the last three innings without allowed a run.

Catcher Tommy Ferndino went 1-for-4 with three RBIs including a single in the fourth that knocked in two runs.

The next day, COC followed that up with a successful road trip to West L.A. College, which resulted in a 16-0 victory.
It was a makeup game after the March 24 matchup which was rained out.

COC finished the week up with an 8-2 toppling of Bakersfield, this time at Bakersfield.

The Renegades committed five errors to aid COC, which totalled just five hits in the game.

The Cougars busted the game open with a four-run eighth inning that included a two-RBI single by Michael Brown and an RBI double by Kasey Toven.

Next up for COC will be a two-game series against Glendale College beginning on Tuesday followed by a home matchup against Pierce College on Saturday.


COC was humbled after following a dominating series of games the week before.

It lost just its second game inside the WSC, Blue Division, a 7-3 defeat by Glendale College at Glendale on Thursday.

In the second game of the day’s doubleheader, the Cougars quickly got revenge and posted a 4-1 win.

It then followed with a pair of non-conference wins on Saturday in the Ventura Tournament, beating Ventura 5-3 and Reedley 6-5.

Pitcher Karissa Hartwig started and won both of the Ventura tournament games.

Against Ventura, COC freshman Bryanna De La Torre and teammate Julie Nixion both hit key triples. During the win against Reedley, both Calli Foster and Amy Droege hit home runs.

This came after COC blew out three straight opponents the week before, winning the games by a combined score of 50-3.

The Cougars are now 15-11 overall and 8-2 in conference, and will resume conference play on Tuesday at Bakersfield.

Track and Field

A second-place finish by both the men and women at the second Western State Conference meet was a bit of a decline for the men, but an improvement for the women.

With 184 points, the men’s team fell short of Ventura’s 198 1/2 on Friday at Ventura. The women scored 146 to lose to Ventura’s 156.

In the first WSC meet, the men won while the women finished in fourth.

On the men’s side, the track athletes highlighted the day on Friday with freshman Tymon Jones winning both the 100-meter dash (10.89 seconds) and 200-meter dash (22.38).

Fellow COC runner Matthew Harmon won the 110 hurdles in 14.83 and 400 hurdles in 54.03.

Chris Low added a win in the 1,500 with a time of 4:00.50.

For the women, sprinter Amber Wright was the big winner, taking home two individual titles and contributing to another two relay wins.

Wright ran the 200 in 26.02 and the 400 in 58.68.

She also took part in the Cougars’ 4x100 relay team that won in 50.31. She ran with Brittany Beeler, Lauren Lehman and Aspen Morrison.

In the 4x400, COC won in 4:11.36 with the team of Wright, Beeler, Jacqueline Keeley and Shaina Katz.

The only field winners on the day for COC were Glenn Rivera, who tossed 14.86 meters in the shot put and Joe Babrick, who won the javelin with a throw of 51.31 meters.

The men will compete again in the Mt. San Antonio College Invite on Wednesday while the women travel to the Antelope Valley for the Southern California Heptathlon/Decathlon Championships beginning on April 12.


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