Close game leaves team with win

It was a shoe-in for the Cerritos College baseball team on last Thursday when it defeated Long Beach City College, 4-1.

The team ended the first inning when outfielder Nick Armstrong hit a single.

Second basemen Jose Serrano sacrificed at bat to allow Armstrong to reach second base and then Andrew Baslow followed to get him to third base.

Shortstop Jerry Pena’s hit brought Armstrong home for the Falcons’ first run.

It wouldn’t be Armstrong’s only run when he ran home from second base in the third inning.

Pitcher Robbie Dominguez, pitched some smooth innings until the fourth inning when the Vikings started giving him some trouble.

The fourth inning would be the inning with Long Beach’s only run during the game when Viking Chris Cordova went home from second base.

Pitcher Lalo Ceniceros said that he thought they had the game won by the fourth inning when the score was 3-1, “(Dominguez) was ready.”

Long Beach’s final at-bat was a suspenseful one. Mark Ruiz was at bat with the bases loaded.

There were two outs and this hit could bring the Vikings closer to a tie or end it.

Both teams huddled around before the final play.

Finally, Ruiz hit and Andrew Baslow caught it to end the game.

“You never know [what’s going to happen]. I was confident in Miguel [Flores]. He does a great job,” Cerritos head coach Ken Gaylord said.