Continuing to pitch exceptionally well, Cerritos College starter Justin Almeda (Warren HS) tossed eight shutout innings in a 4-0 South Coast Conference win on Friday. It was the final game of the season for the Falcons (13-26-1, 8-16), who won three of their final four games of the year. In his last two starts, Almeda allowed just one earned run over 17 innings and struck out 11 batters.
Against the Lancers (27-13, 15-9), Almeda and PCC's Coleman Mitchell were locked in a scoreless battle through the first six innings. Cerritos was able to break through and scored all four of their runs in the top of the seventh inning.
In the stanza, sophomore outfielder Hasan Standifer (San Pedro HS/Jackson State University) drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on a single from freshman designated hitter Luis Chavarin, Jr. (Sonora HS). Sophomore third baseman Delvan Gomez (Gahr HS/College of the Desert) stepped up and delivered a two-run triple to get the Falcons on the board. Freshman outfielder Jason Givens (Santa Fe HS) then followed with an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0. With two outs in the inning, freshman second baseman Andy Vega (Mary Star of the Sea HS) drove in a run with a single that plated freshman outfielder Elijah Fountain (Grand Lake, LA HS), who walked earlier in the inning.
All the while, Almeda (2-3) was limiting Pasadena City to just two hits in his eight innings. Freshman Dawson Holbrook (Godinez HS) came on in the ninth inning and retired the Lancers in order. He worked out of a situation in the third inning with runners at first and third by by getting Aryonis Harrison to ground out. Almeda closed out his appearance by retiring the final 13 batters he faced.
Vega went 3-for-5 on the day with an RBI, while Givens was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
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