Falcons shutout at home as offense stalls

Mario Jimenez

The Cerritos Falcons baseball team suffered their first loss of the 2015 season in a nail biting 2-0 game against College of the Canyons on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Both teams got quality starts out of their hurlers as they matched zeroes on the board until the ninth inning when the Cougars were able to put up what wound up being the only runs of the game.

Sophomore pitcher Ryan Arambula took the mound for the Falcons against the Cougars and went seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks and collecting seven strikeouts.

Head Coach Ken Gaylord is proud of the effort put forth by his number two starter, “Our guy pitched well, I’m just really disappointed in our hitting.”

Gaylord has plenty of reason to be disappointed in his team as the Falcons were only able to muster four hits and two walks for a total of six base runners throughout the game.

“We just didn’t value outs (and) we didn’t make adjustments,” said Gaylord.

Gaylord believes his hitters didn’t make the right mental adjustments to how they were being attacked at the plate and it cost them a very winnable game.

In the deciding ninth inning the Falcons sent freshmen pitcher Jerald Johnston out for a second inning of work and he quickly struck out the first batter he faced before giving up a single and a walk to put runners on first and second with one out.

Johnston proceeded to strike out the following batter to get the second out of the inning before being lifted for fellow freshmen pitcher Gavin Callender, who came in and gave up a two run double that wound up being the difference.

Gaylord explained the decision for pulling Johnston, “He pitched on Tuesday, he’s a little guy and we thought the other guy was a better match up and you have to protect your arms early in the season.”

In a pitchers’ duel like the one the Falcons found themselves involved runs can be very scarce to come by and you have to make the most out of the opportunities you get to score, which the Falcons failed to do this.

Sophomore pitcher Travis Bonner believes the Falcons played good in every aspect of the game except one ,“The only thing I think went wrong was hitting wise. I think our lack of offense is what caused this.”

The feeling Bonner expressed was mutual amongst his teammates in the clubhouse after the loss.

Freshmen outfielder Rion Santamaria shared his thoughts on the loss after the game, “We didn’t hit. We only put up three or four hits I think. We just have to go back to the drawing board and work on hitting a little better.”

Hitting was the main problem for the Falcons throughout the game.

However, every time they put runners on base they were able to advance the runners into scoring position all but once.

Despite this Cerritos couldn’t come up with a big hit amid numerous scoring opportunities.

Sophomore pitcher Adrian Ramirez thinks the lack of situational hitting played a big part in the losing effort.

“We just couldn’t hit today. The hits weren’t coming at the right times like (in) the last game we had a couple of good hits that drove in some runs for the win, but we weren’t able to do that today.”

Next up the Falcons hope they can rebound and win a home contest on Saturday, Jan. 31 against Citrus College.