Baseball: Second straight one-run loss to Pasadena City caps off series

File Photo: Isaiah Rios reached base three times in the Falcons 4-3 loss to Pasadena City
File Photo: Isaiah Rios reached base three times in the Falcons 4-3 loss to Pasadena City

For the first time all season, the Cerritos College baseball team has lost two games in a row. The Falcons (30-7, 17-3), who opened up a quick 2-0 lead over host Pasadena City College, surrendered the final four runs of the game and dropped a 4-3 decision. It also marks the fourth loss this season by one run, and the first South Coast Conference series that Cerritos didn't win. Leading the SCC by two games over second place Long Beach City College with three remaining, the teams will embark on a three-game series against each other to end the regular season. The Falcons need to win just one of the games to secure their first conference title since 2018.

Cerritos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning after sophomore shortstop DJ Massey (Gahr HS/Central Arizona College) led off by lacing a ball down the left field line for a triple. Freshman catcher Alonso Reyes (Culver City HS) followed with a ground ball to the right side of the infield that was mishandled by Lancers second baseman Ivan Barragan. Massey was running on the play and scored easily. Freshman outfielder Isaiah Rios (St. John Bosco HS) followed with a base hit, while a hit through the left side by sophomore third baseman Anthony Bassett (Colegio Bautista de Managua, Nicaragua/Los Angeles Harbor College) brought home the second run. 

The lead improved to 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning when Massey reached base on a fielder's choice, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rios drove him home with a two-out single. The team would get one hit the remainder of the game.

Freshman starting pitcher Myles Johnson (Katella HS) was able to keep Pasadena City in check through the first five innings. However, in the sixth inning, a pair of singles and a fielder's choice put runners at first and third base. Adrian Roman made it a 3-1 game with a base hit, while a pair of wild pitches would allow the Lancers to tie the game. With runners on second and third, Johnson (7-3) uncorked a wild pitch that skipped away from Reyes, which allowed Evan Nahra to score. Reyes tried to get him at the plate, but his throw to Johnson got away, with allowed Roman to score.

Pasadena City scored the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning after a pair of singles put runners on first and third base. Johnson came out in favor of sophomore Calix Armijo (Mary Star of the Sea HS). The first batter he faced, Bryan Richman lifted a fly ball deep enough the drive in the final run.

The Falcons were once again robbed by several outstanding defensive plays by the Lancers. Bassett had two deep drives to center field pulled in at the fence by Tyler Garcia, who also laid out to pull in a fly ball by Massey. With Rios leading off with a walk in the eighth inning, Barragan made a diving stop at second base on a ball hit by sophomore designated hitter Marco Lopez (Narbonne HS/Vanguard University) to end the inning with a double play. Lopez was looking for his third hit on the day.