San Diego City College’s men’s baseball team played its final home game for the season April 29 at Morley Field against the Imperial Valley Arabs.
In a true testament to hard work, ethics and a long season, which consisted of playing in the Pacific Coast Conference, the San Diego Community College Classic and the Southwestern Tournament, the Knights would end on a high note, beating Imperial Valley in a closely fought contest.
Sending the visitors into bat would see right-handed Mike Scaramella starting the pitch, allowing only two hits and getting Imperial out with no runs scored.
City Knights’ first at bat was fielder Hila Garcia, who took a walk to first. Lou Cazares ground out in a double play, taking him and Garcia out.
Next up was Garre Stone, who would make third on an error by the Arabs. Nick Parisi was out on a play to third base.
The second inning would see one hit and no runs by Imperial Valley.
At the bottom of the second, City’s Jo Callahan got on base while Bry Lukacik was out on a hit to center field. Kory Smith singled, advancing Callahan to second. Dere Ancrum lined into a double play, ending the inning.
Top of the third, the Arabs’ Giov Rosales struck out and Tyler Beal singled. F. Bustamante advanced to second, which allowed Beal to score the only run for the Arabs. Benny Carter struck out looking.
Bottom of the third, Cha DeCoite popped out at second, and Garcia grounded out at third. Cazares would try and add to his eight successful steals for the season, but was caught out.
The fourth inning was short-lived with only one hit from the Arabs.
Bottom of the fouth, Garre was out on a pop, and Parisi would double to right field, adding to his 14 doubles of the season.
Callahan singled to first. Lukacik reached on a fielder’s choice but Callahan was out at second.
The fifth inning found Imperial Valley out with two fly balls and a ground out at first, taking the game to the bottom of the fifth.
City’s Smith walked to first. Ancrum singled up the middle, moving Smith to second. DeCoite popped and Garcia singled, scoring on an error. Ancrum also scored on an error. Smith scored and Cazares stuck out.
The sixth would see quick outs for the Arabs with no hits.
At the bottom of th sixth, City’s Parisi singled, which brought him to 48 hits, a .427 on base percentage.
Next at bat, Callahan hit the ball but was out on a fly. Still, Parisi was able to move to second. Lukacik grounded out and Smith was out on a fly to center field, ending the sixth inning.
The seventh inning for the Arabs did not go well as they shut the first half of the inning with no runs, with outs due to a combination of being caught looking and grounding out.
The Knights’ Ancrum reached base on an error, stole second, then quickly advanced to third, but it was in vain as Garcia was called out looking and Cazares was out swinging, ending with Stone grounding out.
The eighth inning would see no hits and three batters out in a row for the Arabs. Bottom of the eighth would see no hits or runs by the Knights.
In the final inning, Imperial Valley attempted to come back, but City crushed those attempts, taking the game from the Arabs at 3-1.