Cougar teammates meet at home plate to celebrate a homerun by Mikey Kane (Kyle Kawamoto / COC Sports Information)

No. 16 College of the Canyons baseball squared off against No. 17 Cerro Coso with the opportunity to advance in the playoffs. Canyons won on Tuesday, 11-4. 

 Cougars outfielder Brandon Whiting set the tone for the ball game and kept the energy of the game on a hot streak.

 

“Pitch those strikes and have my demons behind me because if I throw strikes, my defense will make plays for me,” Whiting stated.

 

For the Coyotes, Danny Jimenez doubled in the first inning and brought home a run for the Coyotes.

 

Canyons took the challenge and came up to the plate and started having hits. Just in the first inning, the Cougars brought home three runs. Just within the bottom of the first, both Doyle Kane and DJ Kougher doubled to put up two runs. Alex Ballesteros closed it out by singling to center field and bringing Kougher to home plate.

Brandon Whitting getting ready for a pitch (Kyle Kawamoto / Canyons Sports Information)

Whiting pitched for seven innings straight, one strikeout, gave up four runs, and had four errors. 

 

“We just see what’s working in the pen and luckily today, the coaches had enough confidence in us to kind of call it a home game and everything was working. It was a pitcher to see throwing strikes, first pitch, just pounding the zone and getting hitters to swing early,” catcher Kougher said.

Mikey Kane celebrated with his teammates about his homerun (Kyle Kawamoto / COC Sports Information)

At the bottom of the sixth, Mikey homered to left field, hitting the scoreboard, and brought home three runs for the Cougars to add on the score.

 

“I was just looking to get us some insurance, small play, like a little small ball. Put the ball in play and then I happen to get one out the left yard,” Mikey said.

 

The mood was high with excitement in the dugout and there are many who are excited about the next challenge that awaits them. 

 

“I’m so excited for this team. We all love each other, we get along so well. So I’m just so excited,” Mikey stated.

 

Getting done with the first contest does not mean to stop pushing hard to get over the next challenge in the next game.

 

“We just got to keep doing what we’re doing. And then when we’re on the field on Friday, just try to play good baseball, keep swinging the bats keep playing catch and keep it on strikes,” said Coach Chris Cota. 

 

The next game for College of the Canyons will be at Glendale College at 2 on May 6.

 
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