Gauchos fall into tie for first in OEC with their loss to Cypress

Freshman catcher Casey Worden attempts to lay down a sacrifice bunt in the Gaucho loss to Cypress, 5-2, at Doug Fritz field in Mission Viejo, Calif., on Thursday. Photo by: Matt Corkill

Freshman catcher Casey Worden attempts to lay down a sacrifice bunt in the Gaucho loss to Cypress, 5-2, at Doug Fritz field in Mission Viejo, Calif., on Thursday.
Photo by: Matt Corkill

The Saddleback Gauchos were unable to overcome a shaky second inning against the Cypress Chargers in their loss, 5-2, on Thursday at Doug Fritz field in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Though the Gauchos took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI ground out by sophomore third baseman Louie Payetta, the Chargers responded with four runs on five hits in the top of the second after sophomore Brandon Oliver reached on an error to start the rally making it, 4-1.

“Our energy was pretty low today,” freshman catcher Casey Worden said following the loss. “As long as we clean up our defense and get some timely hits hopefully tomorrow will be better.”

Sophomore ace starter Anthony Shew (6-2) went for eight innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit batsmen. The Gaucho bats however, were unable to give enough run support with seven strike outs of their own leaving five runners left on base leading to their second straight Orange Empire Conference loss putting them back into a tie for first.

“Its tough, we didn’t execute, we didn’t make a couple plays and we didn’t do some things that we’ve been doing and if we don’t do that you lose” head coach Sommer McCartney said. “We’ve got to play better tomorrow, we’ll find out how resilient this team is now that we’ve lost a couple of tough ones and we’ll see if we can come back tomorrow with a good mindset and get after somebody.”

Saddleback (19-11, 11-7) is still clinging on to a tie for first place in the OEC standings with OCC (23-9, 11-7) and Santa Ana (20-11, 11-7). The Gauchos will complete their season series against Cypress (19-12, 10-8) at Cypress on Friday with first pitch at 2 p.m.

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