Baseball: Run support leads Falcons to 11-4 win

File Photo: Boom Ward and the Falcons posted an 11-3 win over Mt. SAC
File Photo: Boom Ward and the Falcons posted an 11-3 win over Mt. SAC

Playing one of their make-ups games on Monday, the Cerritos College baseball team posted an 11-4 win at Mt. San Antonio College. The South Coast Conference win secured the series against the Mounties (9-17, 2-10), while the Falcons (8-14, 4-7) will host East Los Angeles College (10-15, 7-5) on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the first of their three-game series.

Cerritos jumped out to a 7-2 lead through the first three innings, which gave freshman starting pitcher Cade Sonoqui (Long Beach Millikan HS) the run support needed in order to record the victory. In the top of the first inning, sophomore first baseman Dean Ormonde (Long Beach Millikan HS) drew a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-run home run by freshman designated hitter Ryan Skjonsby (Long Beach Poly HS). The Falcons struck again with two outs in the third inning when freshman third baseman Isaac Vega (Mary Star of the Sea HS) doubled home Skjonsby and freshman outfielder Nico Briones (Long Beach Millikan HS) who both singled.

They broke the game open with a three-run fourth inning when freshman outfielder Miles Hughes (Carson HS) led off with a single, while sophomore shortstop Julian Francois (Serra HS) was hit by a pitch. Ormonde then looked to advance the runners with a sacrifice bunt, but the ball was thrown away, allowing both runners to score. Ormonde then came home on an RBI single from Skjonsby.

Sonoqui (2-1) tossed the first five innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four batters. Freshman relief pitcher Calix Armijo (Mary Star of the Sea HS) followed by throwing two hitless innings, with sophomore Boom Ward (Gahr HS) recording a shutout inning. Sophomore JJ Almeda (Warren HS) concluded the game with two innings and gave up two unearned runs in the ninth inning.

Skjonsby finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI, while Francois, Briones and Vega (three RBI) all added a pair of hits.