SANTA CLARITA– COC Baseball beat last place LA Valley Saturday, 7-5, to reach the .500 win margin in the Southern California Western State South division.
COC starting pitcher Steven Farnworth struggled on the day, going only 4 and a third innings, allowing 5 runs off 9 hits and 3 walks.
LA Valley starting pitcher Travis Cassidy wasn’t up to par either, going 6 1/3, allowing 7 runs off 13 hits and 3 walks.
Offensively, the Cougars came out swinging, led by shortstop Chad Delaguerra, who had 3 hits to go along with 4 RBI’s.
“I just really tried to focus,” said Delaguerra. “Offensively, I feel we’ve been doing pretty good this year…”
COC catcher Alex Bishop also had 3 hits which included a triple in the first inning to set up the tying run driven in by Delaguerra.
COC would score a run in the first 4 innings, 3 runs in the fourth inning, but pitching woes would continue to hurt them.
In the top of the 5th inning, Valley trailing 6-1 and 1 out, would spark some life with a 3 run inning, with Farnworth giving up 4 hits in the inning.
“What we need to fix is the leadoff walks, the three ball counts, it’s the pitching up in the zone that makes it easy for other teams to hit,” said Coach Chris Cota.
Jualian Garcia would relieve Farnworth and give up one hit but managed to get two more outs to end the rally.
LA Valley could not buy a run the next 4 innings, as they were held scoreless, all thanks to Garcia’s 3 innings of work on the mound and Icezack Flemming closing it out in the 9th to get the save.
The Cougars now ride a three-game win-streak in league headed into their next two games verses a 2-6 West LA team.
“Thats huge, we’ve been struggling, we knew we had a chance to jump on a few teams here and we have, so those three games are huge,” said Delaguerra on their 3-game win streak. “You can tell offensively we are starting to hit the ball a lot better, and are starting to roll, so hopefully, come next game, we can come out with a win.”