Baseball: Golden West scores late runs to pull away

File Photo: Buck Anderson reached base four times for the Falcons
File Photo: Buck Anderson reached base four times for the Falcons

Right after the Cerritos College baseball team scored three times to pull to within 4-3 against visiting Golden West College on Tuesday, the bullpen surrendered eight runs in a 12-3 loss. The Falcons (7-2), who earlier in the day capped off a suspended game with the Rustlers (4-7) by winning 11-8, hurt themselves with three errors in those last two innings. The team will travel to Santa Ana College on Thursday in a 2:00 p.m. as part of a home-and-home series.

With Golden West leading 4-0, Cerritos battled back to score three times in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore outfielder Buck Anderson (Lakewood HS/Cal State Bakersfield) walked for the third time in the game and then promptly stole second and third base. Sophomore third baseman Richard Castro (Bishop Amat HS/Cal State San Bernardino) dropped in a two-out single to drive in Anderson, while sophomore outfielder Bodie Parker (Cajon HS/Chaffey College) singled inside the third base line to put runners on first and second base. Sophomore first baseman Nicholas Martinez (La Serna HS), who earned the victory on the mound in the completed game, doubled in both runs to account for the one-run game.

However, the Rustlers capitalized on an error to lead off the eighth inning against relief pitcher Aurelio Colon (Verdugo Hills HS), while a walk and another error allowed Logan Gallina to drive in a pair of runs. With one out, Enrique Bennett plated two more runs with a base hit. Golden West put three more runs on the board in the ninth inning, with two scoring on a fielder's choice.

On the day, the Falcons has runners on base in seven of the nine innings but could not capitalize. Their best chance came in the third inning when sophomore shortstop Alex Bueno (Centennial, NV HS) and Castro both slapped out single to start the stanza. Parker drew his second of three walks on the day to load the bases, but none of the runners were advanced, which accounted for three of the 12 runners left on base in the game.