Photo by Matt Corkill
Trey Ferketic getting locked in for his start
The Gauchos jumped out to an early lead from the first hitter of the home half and never looked back in Saddleback’s victory against Cuesta, 6-2, at Doug Fritz field on Friday.
Saddleback continued to stroke the ball with 13 hits today against the Cougars, bringing their season total up to 129, with no less than seven hits in each of their 11 games so far this season. Freshman Dylan Diaz led the game off with a double to left and was immediately brought in by a single to center by freshman Luke Jarvis. Diaz is batting .500 on the season so far going 20-40 at the plate with eight doubles, two triples, a home run and five RBIs.
Sophomore Trey Ferketic (1-1) pitched seven shut down innings, striking out six, before running into trouble during the top of the eighth when he gave up a single and double that eventually scored two, cutting the lead to 4-2. If not for a diving play at third base by sophomore Louie Payetta to end the inning, the lead could have been erased or worse. The Gaucho bats responded quickly to answer the two runs plated in the top half by the Cougars with two of their own, to jump to a 6-2, final lead.
“Trey had his best start of the season and he did a great job,” head coach Sommer McCartney said after the win. “We had some timely hitting and that play that Payetta made at third was a big play that stopped their momentum.”
Saddleback (7-4) wraps up their set against Cuesta College (4-8) here at Doug Fritz field on Saturday at 1 p.m. Looking ahead, Conference play begins at Irvine Valley College on Thursday at 2 p.m.