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APRIL 17, 2017 – The College of San Mateo Bulldogs are running high into the final two weeks of the community college baseball season.
That does not mean they are planning to give up anytime soon.
CSM (14-1 at Coast Golden Gate, 29-5 overall) continued to play as a team on assignment Saturday at the Bulldog Stadium, claiming their 10th win in a row with an 11-2 rout to visit De Anza.
The meeting started as something of a San Mateo reunion, with De Anza-Cupertino (9-6, 19-15) having half a dozen San Mateo County natives on his list. But in the middle of a pointless tie in the fifth, the Bulldogs – who hit .305 as a team this season – sent 11 strokes to the plate as if throwing the switch to turn out the lights on reunion hospitality.
With the victory, the No. 5 ranked CSM maintains a four-game lead over second-placed Chabot in the Coast Golden Gate conference table with five to play.
“[The win] is important because it makes one game closer to where we want to be, ”said CSM sophomore Anders Green. “But also, we only try to take it one game at a time. We do not try to get too far ahead of ourselves. ”
The battle with left-handed starting pitchers featured CSM novice Jared Milch who locked himself in with a native of San Mateo in De Anza sophomore Nick Simonian.
Locked in fifth though, it was Green – a native of Oregon – who stepped up with runners in the corners to get the Bulldogs on the board with an RBI single and start the hit parade.
“Just looking for a pitch to drive,” Green said. “Just take the platter and beat it where they did not play. And it seemed to make things roll. ”
Actual. New Year’s cleanup hitter Angelo Bortolin came up with a single for his state-leading 50. RBI of the year, sophomore Nick Adgar spun an RBI single to the right, and after a trip to Brandon Hernandez loaded the bases, sophomore catcher Ray Soderman produced a two-run single to knock Simonian out of the game.
Simonian – a 6-foot-4 sophomore out of St. Ignatius – drops to 7-4 this year. Milch made no decision and worked on four pointless laps before giving way to second-year right-hander Roger Kruse, who was touched in two races through three plus laps to earn the win.
Milch got his first start in three weeks, and was tested in the first place when the first two De Anza players reached the base. Reigning week in Northern California Ryan Mount reached a mistake by second baseman Myles Coston. Then Aragon graduate Nick Franquez drew a four-pitch walk.
But Milch worked his way through a long, deliberate lap out of the stretch to strand both runners. He took advantage of an at-’em ball on a long liner to center outside the bat of Serra-educated Nolan Dempsey. He then hit cleanup hitter Casey Anderson in a high curve and induced a rash outside the bat of Half Moon Bay native Devon Canty to escape the jam.
“Just slowing down the game,” Milch said. “We did a good job of getting them to sleep.”
After the seventh round, CSM stuck together for three more races. Adgar lifted a triple out into the right corner to start it. Hernandez followed with a solid RBI single to the right. So after Soderman was hit by a pitch and Papapietro reached a fieldman’s choice to load the bases, Coston hit a two-run single to center the lead at 8-0.
De Anza chased Kruse from the game at the top of the eighth when Franquez, after a trip to Mount, hit an RBI double to the center. But novice-right-hander Keolu Ramos worked through an RBI single by Anderson to close out the back-to-back punch-outs.
The Bulldogs added three more runs at the bottom of the eighth on a three-run double by Soderman, who finished with a career-high RBI. So closer Mark Quinby got into a non-rescue situation to pull himself in order on the ninth.
The Bulldogs produced 13 hits a day, the pace of a 3-for-5 performance by the Green switch. Adgar, Soderman and leadoff hitter RJ Prince made up two hits each.
Prince took the lead on March 25 when the Bulldogs started their winning streak of 10 games. During the stretch, he has produced six two-hit games and is currently hitting .340 with a .486 percentage on base.
“I like it very much,” Prince said of the leader, a role he had never taken on in life before March 25. “I’ve developed into it. And I get to see a lot of places, that’s what I like to do.”
CSM will again host De Anza on Tuesday at 14.30. With a win, the Bulldogs can squeeze in at least a portion of the conference championship. CSM then travels to second place Chabot for a two-game series and ends the season with two games against last-place City College in San Francisco.