Falcons’ record rises in baseball

The Cerritos College baseball team picked up another win behind a dominating pitching performance by Robbie Dominguez against Pasadena City College, defeating the Lancers, 8-1, last Saturday.

With the win, the Falcons improve to an overall record 14 wins and four losses and 2-0 in conference play.

The teams began the game unable to cash in on the opponents’ mistakes. Both pitchers walked the first batter they faced, and were able to use their defense and pitch their way out of the inning without any earned runs.

With the game still 0-0 in the bottom of the third inning, head coach Ken Gaylord decided to have a talk with his team before they went up to bat.

“We were trying to do too much, that’s what I told the team,” he said.

The Falcons then went on to score five runs in the inning, with RBI’s coming from first baseman Trevor Blood, second baseman Jose Serrano, shortstop Jerry Pena and catcher Phil Rodriguez.

The team ended the inning with five hits and took advantage of a throwing error by Lancers’ pitcher Noe Aranda.

The five-run lead allowed Falcons pitcher Robbie Dominguez to overpower Pasadena’s hitters who were unable to do anything against his mix of breaking pitches and fastballs and ability to stay ahead of the count against the Lancers.

A two-out double by third baseman Miguel Flores drove in another run during the fifth inning. Designated hitter Guillermo Garcia promptly drove in Flores during the next at bat, adding two more runs to the Falcons’ lead.

Even though he ran into some trouble during the sixth inning, Dominguez was still able to strike out two batters during that inning. He went on to pitch through the seventh inning, and then was replaced by right-handed pitcher David Gurbach.

“He was up in the pitch count, around 100,” said coach Gaylord.

By the end of his afternoon, Dominguez had struck out 11 of the 26 batters he faced and only allowed two hits in seven innings of work.

Catcher Phil Rodriguez drove-in another run with the third hit of the afternoon during the seventh inning, increasing the Falcons’ lead to 8-0.

The only sign of an offensive attack for Pasadena was during the eighth inning when the team had the bases loaded with one out.

The Lancers scored one run off a tag at third, but a great throw by Falcon centerfielder Nick Armstrong prevented the advance of the runners on first and second base.

Pitcher Lalo Cenciceros came into pitch the final inning and a half and struck out three batters.

The Falcons scored eight runs of 12 hits without any errors. Pasadena got one run of four hits and had two errors.

“Great pitching and we all came together as a team to win,” Armstrong said after celebrating the win with his team.