Two Former Trojans taken in 2014 MLB Draft

Julian Merryweather and Matt Page were selected over the weekend in the 2014 MLB Draft. Merryweather was drafted in the 5th round (158th overall selection) by the Cleveland Indians and Page was drafted in the 10th round(304th overall pick) by the Washington Nationals. Congratulations to the players, their families, Head Coach Dino Nomicos and the Skyline Baseball program.

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Skyline downs No. 1-ranked Cosumnes River

Skyline scored a major upset in its final non-conference game of the season Tuesday, downing the top-ranked team in the state with a 10-9 victory at Cosumnes River. The win is the first road victory of the year for a Trojans team that had previously dropped six straight. The loss is Cosumnes River's first of the year.

The Trojans let an 8-2 lead slip away as Cosumnes rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it. However, Skyline rallied in the ninth inning, and with two on and one out got a clutch RBI single from sophomore Lance Montano. The lead would hold up as freshman pitcher Shawn Scott retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to cap the upset.

In what amounted to a staff day for Skyline – the Trojans utilized five pitchers throughout – Scott earned the win with three no-hit innings of relief, his record improves to 1-0. The freshman right-hander allowed no runs on no hits, striking out two against two walks. Cosumnes right-hander Josh Pigg took the loss, his record falls to 1-1. The sophomore allowed one run (one earned) on two hits, while striking out three against one walk.

Cosumnes got on the board early with a two-run first. Against Skyline starter Sean Collins, the Hawks plated two unearned runs after Trojans catcher Lucciano Molina dropped a foul pop-up with two outs. The batter, Tyler Blake, did not miss his second life as the freshman walloped a solo home run to get Cosumnes on the board. Following a single, and an error by shortstop Phil Caulfield, Pigg singled home Cody Morris to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

In the third, Skyline got on the board against Cosumnes starter Zach Stillwell. After loading the bases on a Nick McHugh single and a back-to-back walks by Michael Franco and Montano, Molina lifted a sacrifice fly to plate McHugh, cutting Cosumnes' lead to 2-1.

In the fourth, Skyline rallied to take the lead against Cosumnes reliever Shane Martin. Nobu Suzuki drew a leadoff walk. Vince Lozano followed with a single. Caulfield moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Franco tied it with a clutch single to score Suzuki, with Lozano moving to third. After Franco stole second, the Trojans took the lead as Lozano scored on an infield error by shortstop Drake Atlee. Molina followed with an RBI single to plate Franco, giving Skyline a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth, Skyline plated two more against Cosumnes reliever Zach Mahon. Joey Carney and Suzuki drew back-to-back walks to start the frame, then Lozano moved them over with a sacrifice bunt. Caulfield then delivered a two-run single to score Carney and Suzuki, giving the Trojans a 6-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Skyline got a two-out rally started against Cosumnes reliever Jordan Koch when Molina reached on Atlee's second shortstop error of the game. Armando Fajardo made him pay with an RBI double to score Molina. Carney then singled home Fajardo to give Skyline an 8-2 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth though, Cosumnes rallied for six runs to tie it. Facing Skyline reliever Thomas Caulfield, Austin Friello drew a one-out walk. Elway Santistevan followed with a double, moving Friello to third. Mike Chavarria was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then with two outs, Josh Cosio notched a two-run double to score Friello and Santistevan. Cosio and Chavarria then scored when Blake reached on an infield error by Montano. After a double by Morris moved Blake to third, Skyline reliever Cage Cascone entered and immediately surrendered a two-run single to Atlee to tie it 8-8.

In the seventh, Skyline and Cosumnes traded runs. Facing Cosumnes reliever Santistevan, the Trojans loaded the bases with one out with three straight singles by P. Caulfield, McHugh, and Franco. Montano followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Caulfield, giving Skyline a 9-8 lead. But Cosumnes tied it. Friello was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and after Cosumnes loaded the bases by virtue of a walk and another hit batsman, the Hawks greeted reliever Scott with a sacrifice fly by Cosio to plate Friello and tie it 9-9.

Scott settled in to retired nine of the 11 batters he faced though, and the Trojans offense rewarded him with the game-winning run in the ninth. Facing Cosumnes right-hander Pigg in relief, Caulfield drew a one-out walk and moved up on a passed by Logan Marston. McHugh was hit by a pitch. Then Montano delivered the game-winning hit with an RBI single to plate Caulfield, capping the day's scoring.

With the win, Skyline improves to 4-8, its best record heading into Coast Conference play since its 4-7 non-conference record in 2011. With his 2-for-5 day at the plate, Franco maintains the team lead with 14 hits. Montano's two-RBI game moves him into a tie for the team lead with eight RBIs along with McHugh. Scott has now made five pitching appearances, which have come consecutively in each of Skyline's last five games, while Tuesday's three-inning outing stands as his longest of the season.

Skyline (4-8) – 001 322 101 – 10 14 4

Cosumnes River (10-1) – 200 006 100 – 9 7 4

Box score from CCCBCA: http://www.cccbca.com/sports/bsb/2013-14/boxscores/20140225_sf3z.xml

 

 

Skyline drops series opener to SD Mesa

Skyline's longest road trip of the season got off to a rough start Thursday as the Trojans fell to San Diego Mesa, 14-5.

The Trojans took a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning, but Mesa rallied for five runs in the frame before erupting for eight runs in the seventh. Mesa banged out 14 hits while three Skyline errors loomed large.

Mesa right-hander Tony Buranzon earned his first collegiate win, his record improves to 1-0. The freshman worked five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, while striking out six against one walk. Skyline left-hander Daniel Madigan took the loss, despite not yielding an earned run, his record falls to 1-2. The sophomore worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (none earned) on six hits while striking out two against no walks.

In the fourth, Skyline got on the board. A pair of errors by Mesa shortstop Zachary Taylor set up the rally. Armando Fajardo got the Trojans on the board with an RBI single to score Nobu Suzuki. Ismael Orozco followed with an RBI single to plate Lance Montano. Fajardo then scored on a Dabian Canales sacrifice fly, giving Skyline a 3-0 lead.

In the fifth, Mesa small ball combined with shoddy Skyline defense turned the tide. Alex Connor led off with a single. Connor moved to second on a balk, then to third on a groundout. Robert Reynolds then reached on a throwing error by Skyline shortstop Orozco, allowing Connor to score. Alex Kotheimer followed with a bunt single. With two outs, Kyle Abblitt doubled home Reynolds and Kotheimer. Mauro Olivarria doubled to plate Abblitt. With Skyline right-hander Cage Cascone on in relief, Oliverria scored from second on back-to-back balks, giving Mesa a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth, Skyline and Mesa traded single-run innings. Facing Mesa reliever Brian Ruthenberg, Skyline loaded the bases with Lucciano Molina being hit by a pitch, Fajardo singling to right, and a walk to Joey Carney. Canales followed with his second sacrifice fly of the game to draw Skyline to within one at 5-4. But Mesa answered right back. Kyle Harris led off with a double, then advanced on a passed ball. Harris then scored on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Schilling to give Mesa a 6-4 lead.

In the seventh, with Mesa right-hander Justin Hukill on in relief, Phil Caulfield led off with a walked. Michael Franco reached on a fielder's choice, then Montano singled to right. A walk to Suzuki loaded the bases, and Molina lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Franco, once against closing Mesa's lead to one run, 6-5. But in the bottom of the seventh, Mesa sent 11 batters to the plate to score eight times against three different Skyline pitchers to cap the day's scoring.

The game is the first of a three-game series between Skyline and San Diego Mesa. The two teams square off again Friday at 2 p.m., before concluding the series Saturday at noon.

Fajardo was 3 for 4 on the day for Skyline, marking his second multi-hit game of the season. The freshman is currently hitting .292 on the year, second on the team to Franco at .343. Madigan has amassed a team-high 15 strikeouts against just two walks through 17 innings. The start by Orozco is his first appearance since the Trojans' Feb. 3 season opener at Laney. The sophomore shortstop missed seven games with a back injury. The Trojans flew to San Diego, touching down at Lindbergh Field Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Skyline (3-6) – 000 301 100 – 5 7 3

San Diego Mesa (5-3) – 000 051 80x – 14 14 4

 

Skyline bats silenced by Santa Rosa

Skyline dropped its third straight with a 7-0 loss to Santa Rosa Junior College, Sunday.

Santa Rosa right-hander Brett Obranovich was stellar over six shutout innings to earn the win, his record is now 1-0. The sophomore allowed two hits while striking out three against no walks and a hit batsman. Bear Cats relievers J.J, Jamerson and Vijay Patel combined for three no-hit shutout innings to preserve the shutout.

Skyline left-hander Thomas Caulfield took the loss in his first collegiate start, his record falls to 0-1. Caulfield worked 5+ innings, allowing five runs (five earned) on five hits, while walking three with a hit batsman.

The Trojans' offense was stymied by Obranovich, who set down 14 of the first 15 batters he faced. Skyline managed just four base runners in the contest, and never had a base runner pass second base.

In the second, Santa Rosa got on the board when the first four batters of the inning reached base. Dane Erbst led off with a walk, and Weston Bryan was hit by a pitch. Designated hitter Dylan Eterovich followed with a double down the third-base line to plate Erbst and Bryan. Spencer Neve capped the rally with an RBI single to right to score Eterovich, giving the Bear Cubs a 3-0 lead.

Santa Rosa added insurance runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and ninth.

In the fifth, Matt LoCoco led off with a single to center. LoCoco stole second, then Chase Stafford drove a two-out RBI double to left-center, giving Santa Rosa a 4-0 lead.

In the sixth, Bryan drew a leadoff walk – Caulfield's final batter of the game – then moved into scoring position on an errant pickoff play. Then with two outs, Parker Shaw singled to left off Skyline reliever Sean Collins to drive home Bryan, extending Santa Rosa's lead to 5-0.

In the seventh, with Skyline freshman Shawn Scott, Jr. on in relief, cleanup hitter Anthony Bender drew a one-out walk, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Bryan singled to right to plate Bender, making it 6-0 Santa Rosa.

In the ninth, with Skyline left-hander Connor Taylor on the mound, Taylor Martin led off with a single. Stafford followed with a double to center to drive home Martin to cap the day's scoring.

Skyline got its two hits from Phil Caulfield in the second, and Michael Franco in the sixth. After the first four Santa Rosa batters reached base in the second, Thomas Caulfield set down the next nine batters he faced; second only to Bryan Hidalgo this season, as Hidalgo retired 10 straight batters against Shasta on Saturday.

The Trojans' next game in Thursday, as Skyline hits the road to take on San Diego Mesa Thursday (2 p.m.), Friday (2 p.m.), and Saturday (noon). Skyline's next home game is its conference opener against Hartnell, Thursday Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

Santa Rosa (4-2) – 030 011 101 – 7 11 2

Skyline (3-5) – 000 000 000 – 0 2 2

Obranovich, Jamerson (7), Patel (9) and Neve. T. Caulfield, Collins (6), Scott (7), Taylor (8) and Molina.

W – Obranovich (1-0) L – T. Caulfield (0-1)

Multi-hit: Santa Rosa – Stafford (3), Shaw, Neve. Skyline – none.

RBIs: Santa Rosa – Eterovich 2, Stafford 2, Neve 1, Shaw 1, Bryan 1. Skyline – none.

Time: 3:28

 

Skyline swept in doubleheader finale with Shasta

Skyline was swept in Saturday's doubleheader with Shasta, falling 2-1 in Game 1 before being upended in the nightcap, 9-6.

With the doubleheader sweep, Shasta triumphs in the three-game series after Skyline won Friday's series opener. It also snaps the Trojans' three-game winning streak.

In Game 1, Shasta freshman Taylor Figgs earned his first collegiate win to improve to 1-0. The right-hander worked five innings, yielding one run (none earned) on three hits, while walking four against two strikeouts. Ronny Davis notched the save. Skyline right-hander Bryan Hidalgo took the loss, his record falls to 1-2. The sophomore lasted 5+ innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on three hits, while walking two against four strikeouts.

Game 1 shaped up as something of an unorthodox pitching duel as none of the runs by either team were earned.

In the second, Skyline jumped on the board. After a walk to Dabian Canales, freshman Armando Fajardo came through with a clutch two-out RBI single back through the middle to score Canales, giving the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

In the sixth, Shasta sent eight batters to the plate to take the lead despite never getting the ball out of the infield. Jake Jackson opened the frame with a leadoff walk. Lance Ibesate followed with a quality bunt and reached on a fielding error by Hidalgo. Kenneth Fudge followed with an infield single on a great diving play by Skyline second baseman Nobu Suzuki to keep the ball on the infield. However, Suzuki threw errantly in an attempt to force the runner at second, allowing Jackson to score with the tying run. On the next pitch, Ibesate scored on a wild pitch to give Shasta a 2-1 lead, which would hold up as the final score.

Skyline hit into two double plays and stranded seven runners in the game. Hidalgo dominated early, setting down the first 10 batters he faced on just 33 pitches. However, with one out in the third, Ibesate came through with an extended 10-pitch at bat to take a bite out of Hidalgo's pitch count, and punctuated it with a single to left, after which six of the final 10 batters Hidalgo faced reached base.

In relief, Shasta's Jake Parent and Ronny Davis combined for four shutout innings for the Knights. Likewise, Thomas Caulfield and Cage Cascone combined for four shutout innings for Skyline.

Skyline sophomore Joey Carney made his season debut with a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh. He remained in the game and went 0 for 2.

Game 1:

Shasta (2-3) – 000 002 000 – 2 7 2

Skyline (3-3) – 010 000 000 – 1 3 3

Figgs, Parnet (6), Davis (9) and Cahill, Trueblood (9). Hidalgo, J. Murphy (6), T. Caulfield (6), Cascone (8) and Molina.

W – Figgs (1-0) L – Duenas (1-2) S – Davis (2)

Multi-hit: Shasta – Ibesate. Skyline – none.

HR: Skyline – Montano (2).

RBIs: Shasta – none. Skyline – Fajardo 1.

Time: 2:02

In Game 2, Shasta reliever Kevin O'Quinn earned the win, improving his record to 1-0. The 6-foot-4 freshman worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run (none earned) on three hits, while walking one against no strikeouts. Ross Cervantes earned his first save of the year. Skyline freshman Aldo Severson took the loss to fall to 0-1. The right-hander lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (four earned) on five hits while striking out seven against two walks, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch.

In the first, Shasta jumped out to an early lead. Jackson singled to right on the first pitch of the ballgame. Ibesate followed with a sacrifice bunt, but reached when Skyline's attempt to throw out the lead runner was late. Fudge walked to load the bases. Then with one out, Daulton Hanks singled to left to drive home Jackson, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Shasta designated hitter Corbett Fleming led off with a single. Fleming stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, then plated on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Tucker Wilson, giving Shasta a 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the fourth, Skyline sent nine batters to the plate to take the lead. Trojans cleanup hitter Lance Montano opened the frame with a towering home run to left – his second of the year, and his second in three days. Canales followed with a single to center. Fajardo drew a one-out walk. Vince Lozano tied it with an RBI single to left to score Canales. Then following a walk to Suzuki, Michael Franco drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded to force home Fajardo, giving the Trojans a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth, Shasta took the lead right back. With one out, Ibesate singled to left. Fudge walked. Then with two outs, Hanks drove a clutch two-RBI double into the corner in left to score Ibesate and Fudge, giving the Knights a 4-3 lead.

In the sixth, Shasta added two more with a two-out rally. With two outs, Thomas Olson doubled to left. Jackson reached on a fielding error by Fajardo, allowing Olson to score. Ibesate followed with a bunt single. Fudge then hit a soft liner to second which Suzuki played into an error, allowing Jackson to score, giving Shasta a 6-3 lead.

In the seventh, Shasta tabbed another two-spot on an RBI single by Jordan Wade to drive home Fleming, and an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Thomas Olson to plate Jarin Gassett, adding to Shasta's lead at 8-3.

Skyline scored single runs in each of its last three at bats. In the seventh, Montano singled home Franco. In the eighth, Phil Caulfield scored from third on a strikeout-wild pitch with Carney at the plate.

In the top of the ninth, Shasta added one more. After a one-out triple by Gassett, Wade doubled him home. In the bottom of the ninth, Skyline rallied by virtue of two hit batsmen and two walks. A bases loaded walk to Caulfield forced home Fajardo to cap the day's scoring, before Franco, representing the potential winning run, grounded into a double play to end the game.

Ibesate had the best day at the plate, going 4 for 8 over the course of both games. Skyline freshman right-hander Cristian Navarro made his collegiate debut, pitching the final two innings while allowing one run on three hits.

Skyline wraps up its four-game home stand Sunday against Santa Rosa Junior College. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

Game 2:

Shasta (3-3) – 100 122 201 – 9 13 2

Skyline (3-4) – 000 300 111 – 6 9 2

D. Olson, O'Quinn (4), McMurtrey (8), Wegenast (8), Cervantes (9) and T. Olson, Trueblood (9). Severson, Taylor (5), Morales (7), Navarro (8) and Molina.

W – O'Quinn (1-0) L – Severson (0-1) S – Cervantes (1)

Multi-hit: Shasta – Hanks (3), Ibesate, Gassett, Wade. Skyline – P. Caulfield, Franco, Montano.

RBIs: Shasta – Hanks 3, Wade 2, Wilson 1, T. Olson 1. Skyline – Montano 2, Lozano 1, Franco 1, P. Caulfield.

Time: 3:04

 

Box score from CCCBCA.com: http://www.cccbca.com/sports/bsb/2013-14/boxscores/20140220_wr2c.xml

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