Cole Guerin Deals Up a 3 Hit Shut-Out
By Lynn Guerin
In a season first, hot and sunny Saturday morning affair, the Rancho Christian Eagles combined the booming bat of Trevor Jones and the sparkling pitching of Cole Guerin to continue its torrid drive toward the CIF playoffs, now only two weeks away. Rancho banged out 20 hits against 3 Knights pitchers. Six Eagles had a multiple hit games led by Jones who turned in a 4 for 4 performance.
Rancho came out swinging in the top of the first, when Joey Hauck led off with a single and stole his 27th base of the season. Taylor Tosches lined a single to left sending Hauck to third. Jones took a first pitch fastball for strike one and on the next pitch hammered a long home run far over the left field fence. It was his fourth home run of the season. Just that quick Rancho jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
Tosches and Jones continue to be a great 1-2 punch and two of the hottest hitters in the Southern Section as members of Rancho’s 500 club. Tosches batting average stands at .524 while Jones is hitting .551 with 45 RBI’S in 22 games.
In the second inning the Eagles pushed the score to 4-0 when Tosches walked, stole second and then scored on a long single again by Jones. That score held until the top of the fourth inning when Rancho took a 5-0 lead. Carter Treadway singled after 2 were out. Colton Bugler followed with his second hit of the game, driving Treadway to second. Jo Jo Saatzer then doubled to right center scoring Treadway.
While Rancho was putting 5 runs on the board through the first 4 innings, Cole Guerin who got his third start of and win of the season, and had the Knight hitters totally under his control. Guerin gave up one single through the first five innings. He pitched very efficiently only, throwing 67 pitches in the complete game win…50 of them for strikes. 21 of 23 batters saw first pitch strikes.
Rancho erased any doubt about the outcome and put the game in the mercy rule category with 9 runs on 10 hits in the 5th and 6th innings. That made the final score 14-0 and Rancho had its 19th win of the season against 3 losses.
Wednesday Rancho goes on the road to take on non-league Division 3 Capistrano Valley Christian Eagles in San Juan Capistrano. CVC will enter the contest with a 15 win,10 loss record, a 5 game winning streak and an 11-1 league record.
It should be a good tune –up game for the upcoming play-offs. Game time Wednesday is 6:30 pm at San Juan Sports Park.
Photos by Rob Hauck