Vaqs’ baseball wins against Moorpark

Christopher Sugarman and Christopher Sugarman

The Vaqueros held a team meeting Friday led by sophomore and team-ace, Zach Edgington due to the team’s recent struggles.

Whatever Edgington said inspired the City College baseball team to perform on Saturday afternoon at Pershing Park. Unyielding pitching and potent batting halted their two-game losing streak with an 11-2 triumph over Moorpark.

First baseman Abe Ruiz was a triple shy of a cycle, going 3-5 with a home run and a double. Pitcher Greg Selarz allowed two runs and five runs in six innings while striking out a season high, nine batters on 116 pitches.

“I finally made coach (Teddy Warrecker) happy for once today,” Ruiz said. “I think we were all glad to see that, especially me.”

Entering today’s game the Vaqs (8-8, 1-2) lost four of its last five games and scored only six runs in those loses. The victory gives City College its first conference win of the season.

“It’s good for us to get a league win and put up some big innings,” Warrecker said after the win. “You don’t want to put yourselves in too big of a hole, especially with the reduced schedule this year.”

With the win, Selarz, a five-foot-eleven-inch right-hander, improves his record to 2-0.

“We got the good starting pitching,” Warrecker said. “I felt after Thursday’s game, great about him pitching today because of his composure. He really competed very well.”

Moorpark struck first, scoring one run in the first inning, but City College answered with two runs on a Tommy White RBI double and a Steven Keller RBI single.

“Having an early lead always calms you as a pitcher,” Selarz said. “I had a lot of confidence on the mound and my teammates were backing me up. I felt good out there.”

The Vaqueros extended their lead 3-1 in the third inning after Ruiz blasted his fifth home run of the season.

“Our bats have been quiet for the last few days,” Ruiz said. “We had a good practice yesterday and got some things figured out.”

The Raiders tried to creep its way back into the game scoring one run in the fourth inning, but the Vaqs slammed the door on Moorpark in the fifth inning after a balk and wild-pitch that Ruiz scored on, stretching the lead 5-2.

Steven Keller added a two-run home run in sixth inning giving City College a 9-2 advantage. The Vaq’s bullpen was effective and didn’t allow Moorpark to score any runs in the final three innings.

“I would say this is one of my best pitching performances of the season,” Selarz said. “My slider was working good and I was keeping their hitters off-balanced.”

City College will travel to Ventura for a 2:30 p.m. first pitch Thursday.