Baseball loses two in a row to LBCC

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Losing two games in a row against Long Beach City College, the Cerritos College baseball team lost its away game 1-5 on Saturday.

In the first two innings, neither of the teams were able to get any runs.

Outfielder Chris Esparza said, “I think we just put ourselves on a downhill. We didn’t play as a team, we didn’t have heart, and we pretty much gave up.”

Esparza had two strikeouts and three put-outs throughout the game.

In the third inning, LBCC scored two runs with three hits and no errors.

It was in the sixth inning that the Falcons infielder Zach Johnson scored the only run that the team would score throughout the entire game.

LBCC scored two runs that inning and one more in the eighth, confirming its win.

Falcons pitcher Jake Bell said the previous game was probably the worst game it played in the series.

Cerritos had played LBCC in the previous game as well, losing 1-3.

Bell said that the team had improved on what it lacked in the first game.

“We were actually able to get bunts down in key situations and move runners over into scoring position. We just couldn’t execute to get them home,” he said.

Infielder Joshua Ancona said, “I think our key player was our starting pitcher [Jonathan Villapondo] because he started off strong and kept us in the game.”

With two hits, one RBI, and nine put-outs in the game, Ancona said that as far as improvement is concerned, he wants to be able to come up with a clutch hit.

Cerritos currently has a record of 3-12 in the season.

With a four in a row losing streak, Bell said, “We just can’t put together a good game of baseball yet.”

He added that with the record Cerritos currently has, when it comes to motivating the team, Head Coach Ken Gaylord has stepped back and is trying to let the team figure out what’s going on so that it can improve on its own.

The Falcons’ next game will be away against El Camino College Compton Center on Thursday at 2 p.m.

This will be Cerritos’ first game against ECC Compton this season.