Falcons, like the weather, remain red hot


Mark Pena leads off the Falcons’ half of the first inning with a double. Pena went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs on the day. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Taylor Ogata, Staff Writer

The weather on Tuesday afternoon was unusually hot, but that did not stop the Cerritos College baseball team from grabbing another win.

The Falcons remained just like the weather as they picked up right where they left off Saturday by dismantling the Mt. San Jacinto Eagles 18-8 in the extreme winter heat at Kincaid Field.

Next up, the Falcons will travel out to Santa Ana College on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

The game was called after the eighth inning because as it progressed, the sun got lower and lower in the sky and eventually, it was too dark to see the ball because Kincaid Field does not have lights.

Mark Pena went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored and on his fifth at bat, used his super speed to beat out a throw to first to get an infield hit.

“I practiced a lot, and I also train at a fitness club. That’s how the team and I get better,” Pena said.

Fermin Beza and Daniel Lopez also had decent games; both players went 2-for-5 with two RBIs each.

“We all just did our job, hit the ball hard, and put up runs,” Beza said. “After we almost fell apart in the sixth and seventh, we just came together as a team and added some insurance.”

Cerritos built an 11-2 lead through the sixth inning, but made costly mistakes and gave up a lot of hits as Mt. San Jacinto cut the lead to three runs by the seventh.

“We eased off the gas a little bit, but then we added more runs when we came up and just kept pouring it on,” Lopez said.

The Falcons ended up chasing the Eagles’ starting pitcher Johnny Hernandez in the second inning and continued to rack up hits.

“We came out swinging again,” head coach Ken Gaylord said. “[Mt. San Jacinto] put in a lot of pinch hitters, but that did not stop us and we just kept scoring runs and getting hits.”

Cerritos accumulated 15 hits for the entire game.

The Falcons improve to 4-1 overall and 3-1 at home with the win.

The win also gives Cerritos the season sweep of Mt. San Jacinto.