Baseball team gets boost

By Nathan Sanchez/Western Sun staff writer

Yet another series in the books and the Golden West College baseball team (15-9 overall) seem to finally be back to its winning ways after beating the Irvine Valley Lasers two games out of three.  The team was hoping to carry their momentum into the rest of the season taking on Riverside at home Tuesday (results too late for our print deadline).

Brett Mays and Tyler Tungate both threw well this week, giving up a combined three runs to hold off the Lasers in the first two games (scores of 13-2 and 2-1) of the series.  Offense has been the team’s strong suit these last five games, even stringing together 14 hits in a 12-6 losing effort Saturday.  “You don’t want to have to rely on getting 10 or more hits to win a game,” said coach Bert Villareal.

Chris Gilbody, Dillon Persinger, Michael Fuchs, Chris Rodriguez, and Tyler Depreta all had multi-hit games this week to help the Rustler cause.  Unfortunately they weren’t the only ones hitting; IVC ended Saturday afternoon’s game with a total of 23 hits in that 12-6 rout of the Rustlers.

GWC’s next challenge is a 15-win Riverside City College squad. The teams met Tuesday (results too late for our print deadline) and will play Thursday and next Tuesday (April 12).

Golden West and Orange Coast share possession of fourth place with a 4-5 record in Orange Empire Conference play entering the second half of the season.  The Fullerton Hornets and Saddleback Gauchos are tied for first place in the Orange Empire conference boasting a 7-2 record.

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