MCC baseball drops weekend series to Otero

Monday, March 26, 2018
McCook Community College’s Jake Sanford (left) tries evading a tag by Otero Junior College’s Gaylan Young (19) during Saturday’s series-opener at the Jaycees Sports Complex. Otero took two out of three games to win the weekend series.
Brent Cobb/MCC Athletics

McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College Indian baseball team salvaged one win from the weekend’s three-game series with Otero Junior College (Colo.). All games were played at the Jaycees Sports Complex.

The Indians lost the first two contests 8-2 and 7-6 before coming back to win Sunday’s finale 9-7.

Sunday’s win also ended MCC’s eight-game losing streak.

Game 1 (Saturday)

In Friday’s series-opener, MCC gave up four runs in the first inning and four in the ninth to drop the opening game of the three-game series against Otero Junior College, 8-2.

The Rattlers scored four runs in the first inning thanks in part to three bases-loaded walks, and three of the four in the ninth inning in part due to the only two errors MCC committed on the afternoon.

Down 4-0 in the first, the Indians began chipping away at the lead scoring a run in the first. Jason Hill singled. Jake Sanford doubled and Hill scored on groundball off the bat of Dalton Bartling.

In the second inning, Parker Kretzel led off with a single, Beau Hawley walked and Julio Seperich bunted both runners up a base. Kretzel scored on a groundball off the bat of Tanner Zeggil.

The score remained 4-2 from the bottom of the second to the top of the ninth when the Rattlers broke the game open with four runs.

Jacob Lombardelli took the loss for MCC. He went eight innings, struck out nine, allowed eight hits, and five earned runs. Tyler Cox came on in the ninth inning and allowed a pair of hits, a walk and one earned run.

MCC had six hits on the afternoon with two each from Hill and Sanford and singles from Kretzel and a pinch-hit single from Mathew Tremblay in the ninth inning.

Game 2 (Sunday)

The Rattlers took a 6-2 lead in the sixth inning only to see the Indians knot the game at 6-6 with four runs in the sixth before Otero scored a run in the extra-frame to clinch the weekend series.

Trailing 2-0 in the second, MCC got on the board with one-out singles from Chris Bellemare (Grande-Carriere, Quebec) and Parker Kretzel and a two-out RBI-single from Julio Seperich.

Down 3-1 in the fifth, Jake Sanford lined a two-out home run to left field to make it a 3-2 game but Otero responded by putting up three runs in the top of the sixth to lead 6-2.

Jesse Bloom started the game for MCC and gave up 10 hits and six runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings of work. He struck out seven Rattlers before giving way to relievers Casey Quagliano and Tyler Cox who all pitched in the sixth inning.

Cox was tagged with the extra-inning loss pitching two innings, allowing one run and one hit while striking out three.

In the sixth inning, singles from Mathew Tremblay and Bellemare, and an Otero error set the stage for catcher Beau Hawley who doubled to make it 4-2. Tanner Zeggil’s two-run singled tied the game at 6-6.

Otero put together a two-out rally in the eighth with a pair of walks, a single and an MCC error.

MCC had 10 hits in the game, with two each from Hawley and Bellemare.

Game 3 (Sunday)

The Indians snapped an eight-game losing streak by scoring a pair of runs in the first and third innings and three in the fifth to lead 7-0 but the Rattlers struck for six runs in the sixth and the Indians added a couple runs in the bottom of the inning and held on for the 9-7 win.

Ryan Marstiller picked up the win scattering eight hits over 5.1 innings, striking out six and walking one. He was relieved in the sixth by Quagliano and Cox, who picked up the save allowing two hits and a run over the final 1.1 innings.

In the first the Indians loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batter, scored the first run on a sacrifice fly from Mathew Tremblay and the second on two more walks.

In the third MCC got consecutive two-out singles from Michael Sookdeo, Johnny Giunta and an RBI-single from Beau Hawley to make it 3-0. An Otero error made it 4-0.

In the fifth the Indians put up three runs, started by one-out doubles by Bellemare and Sookdeo, an RBI single from Zeggil and a two-out single from Jake Reid (Mississauga, Ontario) to give the Indians a 7-0 lead.

The Rattlers battled back with four straight one-out singles in the top of the sixth inning and a pair of doubles to make it 7-5 and added a two-out single to close to 7-6.

In the bottom of the frame, the Indians added a pair of runs on a walk, two Otero errors, and a fielder’s choice.

The Indians had nine hits in the game with two each from Reid and Sookdeo (who also drove in two). Bellemare and Sookdeo had the only extra-base hits, both doubles.

Upcoming

With the Sunday split MCC is 9-17 on the season. The Indians will host Western Nebraska Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Garden City (Kan.) Wednesday at 3 p.m. and continue the homestand this weekend against Trinidad State (Colo.). A single nine-inning game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. and a pair of seven-innings games are set to start Sunday at 1 p.m.

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