BASEBALL: Cougars look solid in 7-3 win over Monterey

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GILROY – Able to overcome two one-run deficits in the early
going, the Christopher High junior varsity baseball eventually
gained the upper hand in a 7-3 victory over Monterey Bay League
opponent Monterey on Wednesday in Gilroy.
GILROY – Able to overcome two one-run deficits in the early going, the Christopher High junior varsity baseball eventually gained the upper hand in a 7-3 victory over Monterey Bay League opponent Monterey on Wednesday in Gilroy.

“We came out flat but we stuck with them despite that,” manager Ryan Dequin said. “In the end we got the job done in those last four innings. I’m pretty satisfied with that.”

After giving up three runs and seven hits through the first three innings, Cougars’ pitcher Brian Ransom settled down and allowed just two hits over his final four innings of work to notch a complete game.

“I had a lot of help out there today,” Ransom said. “For some reason nothing really affects me. It helped that we were able to get back in the dugout and get some runs.”

Ransom finished with nine strikeouts and did not allow a walk, and his efficiency in the latter innings gave Coach Dequin the confidence in the right hander to let him finish what he started.

“He was probably around his (pitch count) close to the sixth inning,” Dequin said. “He’s been able to go long distance in the past. It was his game to win right there so I couldn’t pull him in that situation.”

The Cougars’ bats didn’t let the Toreadors get too far out of reach either, recording 11 hits on the afternoon.

“It’s coming along pretty well,” Dequin said of his lineup.

Down 1-0 after the top half of the opening frame, the Cougars struck for two runs in the bottom of the inning. Ransom started a two-out rally with a single up the middle and was advanced to second by a Nathan Davis single one batter later. The two runners moved up a base after a passed ball, and Ryan Fredricks promptly punched a bloop-double down the right field line to plate Ransom and Davis.

Monterey responded with a two-spot in the top of the second, taking a 3-2 lead which stood until the bottom of the third inning.

Bryant Cid, who went 3 for 4 on the day, led off the inning with a double. Two batters later Ransom tied the game with an RBI-single.

“During batting practice my coach really helped by working on quick hands, I just tried to do that today and it worked out,” Cid said.

The Cougars tacked on one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings on RBI-hits by Mario Talamante, Brandon Pickens, and Patrick Valdez scored on a passed ball after reaching base with an infield-single earlier in the sixth.

Despite not having a varsity team this season, the Cougars will get plenty of looks at teams in the MBL – the league that they will be a part of next season. Due to Watsonville not having a JV team, the Cougars will play games corresponding with the Wildcatz’ schedule.

“We always look forward to league games,” Cid said. “It show us the teams that are our competition and the teams we have to beat and be prepared to face.”

CHS is now 4-0 overall and 1-0 in its JV MBL season. These same two teams square off Friday night in Monterey.

“The key is just do what we did today; come out hitting the ball again, making plays on defense and we should be good again,” Cid said.

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