The College of the Siskiyous baseball team split a 4-game series with Porterville, losing the Wednesday doubleheader last week 6-2 and 2-1, then seeing their bats come alive with 13-2 and 13-0 wins last Thursday.
Pitcher Isaac Lindsay was a tough-luck loser in Wednesday’s second game. He pitched six innings, struck out six and allowed only one earned run. Joseph Saenz doubled in the only Eagle run.
COS took their only lead of the day with a first-inning run during game one on Wednesday, but Porterville responded with two runs in the bottom of the first and put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning.
Losing Eagle pitcher Reyden Rull went 3.2 innings and gave up three runs, only one of which was earned. Second baseman Adam Villasenor is off to a hot start.
He went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He’s hitting a torrid .417 in the first six games and has seven RBIs. Jackson Grigsby doubled in a run, and Mason Bowden tripled.
The team put on their hitting shoes on Thursday, scoring 13 runs in each game and allowing Porterville only two runs. They won the first game 13-2 behind a strong pitching performance from Dustin Mansell, who struck out five batters, scattering seven hits and giving up one earned run. First baseman Manny Carino has been the hitting sensation behind the Eagle’s 4-3 start for the season. He was 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs in the first game. He has five doubles, eight RBIs, and a .429 average in six games.
The Eagles rapped out 14 hits, with Adam Villasenor going 2-for-5 with three RBIs, and shortstop Tyler Tapia knocking in three runs. Third baseman Zanden Shim had two RBIs and two stolen bases as the infielders knocked in 11 of the Eagles 13 runs.
COS stayed hot at the plate with a 13-0 win in Thursday’s second game.
Next up for the Eagles is a four-game series at Mendocino College with doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.