The Orange Coast College’s baseball team’s seven-run rally in the final two innings of Saturday’s game fell short, with the team dropping the game against Irvine Valley College by a score of 10-8.
Michael Ryhlick received the starting nod for Coast, and struggled mightly, allowing six runs in under four innings of work. The struggles led to the Pirates depleting its bullpen, sending five pitchers in after Ryhlick.
IVC’s pitcher Keenan Cisneros held the Pirates to just one run into the seventh inning, but when he was replaced, Coast’s offense came back to life.
"I'm proud of the guys that were basically our bench guys. I changed everybody, and they battled back,” head coach John Altobelli said.
A two-run double by Joey Fregosi in the eighth inning started the scoring for the Pirates’ five-run inning.
Brendan Argomaniz made quick work of the Lasers in the bottom half of the eighth inning, which allowed the Pirate momentum to continue into the ninth inning
Clifford Pradd’s two RBI singles brought the Pirates back within striking distance, but still trailing by two runs. Coast loaded the bases with a chance to tie the game or more, but IVC forced a groundout to second base to end the game.
Coast cut the lead in half when outfielder John Thomas blasted a sacrifice fly to deep left field in the fourth inning. Heading into the bottom of the fourth is when the game unraveled for the Pirates.
Back-to-back errors scored three runs for the Lasers to effectively end Rhylick’s outing when Kevin Ishimaru came into the inning to try and mop up the mess left behind, and ended up colliding into the IVC player at home plate. Ishimaru was visibly shaken up and did not return.
The Pirates will take on Fullerton College Thursday at 2 p.m. at Wendell Pickens Field.