The baseball and softball teams at Cosumnes River College threw out the first pitch for the 2018 season last weekend.
Baseball, under new coach Don Mico, swept a two-game series at home against Shasta College, winning 3-0 and 14-4.
In Friday’s game, Josh Congress (Laguna Creek H.S.), Daniel Vitoria (Galt H.S.) and John Treat (Woodland H.S.) combined on a six-hit shutout. Offensively, Damian Chavez (Franklin H.S.), Aaron Pierce (Pleasant Grove H.S.) and Joey Pancratz (Woodcreek H.S.) all had doubles.
The bats came out big Saturday in the 10-run win. Dean Lucas (Sheldon H.S.) drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Burle Dixon (Sheldon H.S.) had a pair of RBI’s. Mico emptied the bench as eight different pitchers got a chance on the mound.
Tuesday, the Hawks will host Skyline College at 2 p.m. at Clark Field.
Meanwhile, the softball squad opened up on the road at Monterey Saturday. In the first game of the Monterey Peninsula Classic the Hawks dropped a 4-3 decision to host Monterey Peninsula College. In the second game, though, CRC picked up win number one in a 5-4, 8-inning thriller over Feather River College. Cecilia Rivera went two-for-four with three RBI’s. Kylee Boykin and Ashlee Kaiser each had a pair of hits and an RBI.
Ashleigh Berg went the distance in the circle allowing seven hits and just one earned run.
For head coach Kristy Schroeder, the big key is to replace five 2017 starters who all signed National Letters of Intent with four-year college.
“We’ve got a couple new additions,” Schroeder said. “We got Korina Krueg, a transfer from Portland State. She has some speed. So, yes, we have some replacements.”
Starting her eighth season as head softball coach,
Kristy Schroeder is looking to put together
a 30-win season for the fourth straight year in 2018.
Back this season after a one-year hiatus is Amber Wright (Elk Grove H.S.) in the lead-off spot. She, along with third baseman Taelor Ford and second baseman Veronica Smith, both from Tokay H.S., should lead a potent offensive attack for the Hawks.
One of the Hawks’ pitcher will be Gabrielle Montaie who three years ago pitched Sheldon High School to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship.
Cosumnes River College ended a four-game home stretch Friday with a disappointing 63-61 last second loss to Diablo Valley College.
CRC found themselves down by as much as nine points late in the game and just a little over five minutes remaining. Immediately after, the Hawks used dribble drive and passing high post in and out action to create open 3-point looks. Jordan Roberson hit two threes, Nate
CRC guard Jordan Roberson had 23 points
in a 63-61 last-second loss to Diablo Valley College Friday.
With less than 30 seconds left and the shot clock off, DVC fouled purposefully to send Jalen Valverde to the line on bonus. Valverde went 1-for-2 to extend the lead to 59-57. With 17 seconds left, DVC called timeout. The Vikings ran a pick-and-pop play, made a three and took a 60-59 lead. CRC inbounded quickly and took the ball down the floor. Valverde drove aggressively from the top and took a runner going down the lane line and was fouled with 3.3 seconds left.
Valverde made the first of two free throws, and then Coach Jonathan James called timeout to set his defense and settle his shooter. Out of the timeout, Valverde nailed his second free throw in clutch fashion while giving the Hawks a 61-60 lead.
CRC had a foul to give, so when DVC inbounded the ball and dribbled, the Hawks fouled with 1.3 seconds left to force DVC to inbound in the back court again.
CRC had 6-8 sophomore Everton Maxwell jumping up and down to challenge the inbounds pass and attempt for a deflection. CRC forced a pass away from the basket to the DVC player. DVC fumbled the pass, recovered it, and heaved a highly contested 65-foot sling shot and nailed it as time expired.
The Hawks dropped to 2-8 in the Big 8 Conference. They will travel to Folsom Lake College Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip off.
The Hawks dropped to 1-9 in the Big 8 Conference with a 92-46 lopsided loss to Diablo Valley on Friday. Brookelyn Larkin was 7-for-17 from the floor for 19 points in the loss.
CRC will be at Folsom Lake College Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s tennis opened its season Friday with a home match against Folsom Lake College. On Tuesday, the women play at Sierra College.
The 2018 swim season begins on Saturday, Feb. 3 with the Nor Cal Relays at Santa Rosa Junior College. Liz Zenuk is the Hawks’ coach and her assistant is Eduardo Maximo.