Baseball: Vaqueros snap eight game losing streak

Victor Bryant

The City College baseball team broke out of a three-week funk by beating the visiting Oxnard Condors 13-7, ending an eight-game losing streak.

“It’s been as tough a stretch as I can remember since I’ve been here,” Vaquero head coach Teddy Warrecker said. “We continued to fight and battle.”

The Vaqueros had been struggling to regain their early season form but got big hits with runners in scoring position to sink the Condors.

After starting the season 10-1, the Vaqs floundered upon entering conference play, and started out 1-9. During that stretch, the City College lineup lacked the punch it had shown early in the season. The Vaqs awoke from their slump during the 5th inning aided by a sloppy Oxnard defense.

Going into the bottom of the 5th inning the Vaqueros were down 3-0 but a line drive up the middle by Vaqueros shortstop Kai Beam scored two runs and got the Vaqueros rolling.

City College scored eight runs in that inning by capitalizing on Oxnard miscues. The condors had five errors.

“We scored more runs in an inning than we probably did in four games combined,” Warrecker said.

Oxnard scored four runs in the 7th highlighted by a three-run homerun by Jonathan Erb to make the score 8-7.

Relief pitcher Greg Pellici replaced Chad Caracioli midway through the 7th and got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout.

Pellici, a Pepperdine prospect, would pitch three innings of scoreless baseball maintaining a tenuous Vaquero lead.

“Recently I started calling my own game,” Pellici said. “I have been feeling a lot more confidence in my pitches.

The Vaqueros tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure the final margin of victory.

The win was the first for the Vaqs in the month of March and the 13-runs was more than the team had mustered in its previous five games.

“You need breaks when you’re going good, you need breaks when you’re going bad,” said Warrecker.

City College will host the Moorpark Raiders at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Pershing Park.