Saddleback drops two in doubleheader



Photo by Matt Corkill
Freshman Tyler Brashears prepares for his start in between games

The Gauchos suffered two losses to the Santa Barbara Vaqueros in their doubleheader at Doug Fritz Field, Saturday afternoon.

Saddleback’s bats have come alive during the past four games, but multiple runners stranded in scoring position proved to be too much against the undefeated Vaqueros.  Saddleback left the bases loaded twice during the first game, but failed to bring anybody home until the sixth inning with an RBI single up the middle by sophomore first baseman, Mitch Holland.  Saddleback lost the first game 7-1.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Gauchos fell behind early 4-1 before they were able to respond to the Vaqueros’ four-run second inning with a six hits and six runs of their own in the bottom half to lead 7-4. It went back and forth for the next few innings before the Vaqueros took advantage of freshman pitcher Logan Escudero’s tough outing by putting up another four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead for good 10-8.

“It was a tough loss full of mistakes both offensively and on the mound,” Saddleback pitching coach Jorge Araiza said. “We need to make quality pitches to stay ahead, pound the strike zone and get some timely hits.”

Saddleback is now 3-3 on the season while Santa Barbara improved to 6-0.  The Gauchos play next here at Doug Fritz Field against the defending three time conference champions Glendale Community College (3-3) on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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