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September 26, 2022

Gav baseball loses tight Coast Conference opener

Facing defending conference champion Chabot, the Gavilan College
men
’s baseball team fought hard but dropped a 4-3 thriller to open
Coast Conference play Thursday. “We lost a tough, close game,” said
Rams head coach Neal Andrade. “The entire game went back and forth.
We had baserunners in every inning, we just couldn’t capitalize on
our opportunities.”
Facing defending conference champion Chabot, the Gavilan College men’s baseball team fought hard but dropped a 4-3 thriller to open Coast Conference play Thursday.

“We lost a tough, close game,” said Rams head coach Neal Andrade. “The entire game went back and forth. We had baserunners in every inning, we just couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”

Gavilan (3-5 overall, 0-1 in conference) struck first in the bottom of the third when Joel Lopez singled to score Brian Bueno from second base.

Starter Eric Groner pitched well through three scoreless innings. But the Gladiators knocked him around in the fourth, scoring three runs on two hits and two walks.

Brent Mardesich came on to relieve Groner in the fifth. The left-handed Gilroy High product kept the Rams in the game for three innings, holding the conference champs scoreless going into the ninth.

Gavilan had opportunities throughout the game to regain the lead, but were unable to put a dent on the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when Manuel Gonzalez scored B.J. Collom from first on a double.

In the ninth, Chabot tacked on an insurance run, setting the stage for Gavilan to try to recover from a 4-2 deficit.

The Rams’ Justin Baker led off the ninth with a single, but the next two batters failed to move him over. Bueno came through with a double, which scored Baker and made it a one-run game. But that was as close as the Rams would get.

Despite the loss, coach Andrade was encouraged with how well his team played.

“It’s tough to start the conference on a losing note, but we were playing the conference champions,” the second-year coach said. “It was good that we did not just fold up shop and quit.”

Gavilan travels to MPC to continue conference play Saturday.

Staff Report
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