The No. 15 Cabrillo College Seahawks (21-15) won 5-1 against the No. 18 Los Medanos College Mustangs (21-14-1) in the single elimination round of the 2012 Nor Cal CCCAA playoffs after a dominating performance by starting pitcher Josh Rodriguez.
The game took place at the Cabrillo College baseball field on Tuesday in front of a hefty crowd of about 75 people who watched the Seahawks come away with the victory in what may be the final home game of the year.
Last week the Seahawks failed to clinch second place and an automatic bid to the playoffs after they lost a nail biter to Cañada College and it looked as if Cabrillo’s dream of reaching the post season was all but over.
However, the Seahawks managed to earn a well deserved playoff spot and a chance to bring home a state title. Cabrillo head coach Bob Kittle was very pleased with the win and excited to see his players move on.
“I’m feeling great, man,” said Kittle. “We won our last home game and now it’s on to San Mateo. We’re fired up.”
Cabrillo came out on top in the bottom of the first when designated hitter Kevin Hatch hit a triple with two outs to keep the inning alive. Seahawk catcher Sergio Sanchez then finished the job with an RBI single to give them the lead 1-0.
In the fifth Hatch struck again with an RBI triple, his second triple of the afternoon, and was set up in scoring position. His teammates Sanchez delivered once more with his second RBI single and infielder Eric Vegas kept things rolling with an RBI double to make it a 4-0 lead.
“It's a rare thing,” said Hatch about his two triples. “I'm a three hitter and I'm kind of big so I don't usually hit many triples. I only had one this year."
The Seahawks made it even a longer reach for the Mustangs to catch up in the sixth after infielder Matt Horton hit an RBI single to give Cabrillo a commanding 5-0 lead.
Rodriguez was lights out on the mound and he had a lot of support from his defense on three crucial double plays to get him out of some tough jams. He finished the day solid on 7 1/3 innings pitched with three strike outs and allowed one run on six hits.
Rodriguez had this to say about his teammates’ performance.
“The defense was amazing,” said Rodriguez. “They had great plays all around, and played great defense behind me.”
“They swung the bats well and got clutch hits when they mattered. That’s what it takes to win.”
Rodriguez also had this to say after Tuesday’s win.
“We’ll take this game into our next series at CSM this weekend and play right into it.” said Rodriguez.
-- Additional reporting by Chris Teevan