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April 1, 2009 > CSD baseball lights up Emery

CSD baseball lights up Emery

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

In Bay Counties League (BCL) baseball last week, California School for the Deaf played a home-and-home series with Emery; and Fremont Christian also played two versus Oakland Military Institute. Both CSD and FC came away with sweeps of the two games.

On Tuesday, March 24, CSD hosted emery. In the top of the first inning, Emery plated a run to go up, 1-0. Little did they know, that would be the only run they would score for the entire week.

CSD's Zach Kohler pitched a gem of a ballgame, allowing just that one run - an unearned run - in the first. Kohler went to pitch five innings (he would have gone further into the game if CSD's offense wasn't so potent), striking out nine batters, while giving up three hits and three walks.

Meanwhile, the Eagles' offense could not be stopped. Six hitters - Brandon Dean, Cody Mitchell, Steven Gosselin, Christian Reyes, Richie Dunn and Kohler - had multiple-hit games. Dean, Mitchell and Gosselin each had three hits. Overall, CSD tallied 17 hits.

CSD erased Emery's 1-0 lead with two runs in their half of the first. They then proceeded to score five in the second; three in the third; and six in the fourth en route to their five-inning, 16-1 mercy-rule defeat of Emery. Dunn, Kohler, Gosselin, Dean and Shane Nevins each had two RBIs to lead the way for the Eagles.

It was much of the same for the Eagles as they traveled to Emery on Thursday, March 26, to conclude the home-and-home series.

Dean toed the rubber in this game for CSD. By the time he took the mound, his team had already nabbed him a 1-0 lead. After shutting down Emery in the bottom of the first, CSD plated three in the second.

Dean went on to pitch five innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out nine and allowing no runs. And after the Eagles two, eight and two in the third, fourth and fifth innings respectively, the game was called due to the mercy rule.

Leading the way on offense was the star pitcher, Dean, going 3-3 with two doubles. Gosselin and Mitchell also knocked in two runs each; Ronnie Cuartero and Reyes each had two hits, as CSD won, 16-0.

While CSD was racking up 16 runs per game in their two contests, Fremont Christian was having similar success against its opponent, Oakland Military Institute.

In the first game of the home-and-home series, played at Oakland Military, Fremont Christian got a quick 2-0 lead. Keikilani Cabus pitched four scoreless innings for FC. After Cabus shut down OMI in the first, his offense supported him with five second-inning runs.

Fremont Christian would go on to score two runs in the fourth, and one more in the sixth before the game was called, due to the mercy rule. Cabus, along with Raudel Perez and Jay Haak, pitched six innings of shutout ball. FC went on to win, 10-0.

On offense, Oakland Military could not slow down the base runners of Fremont Christian, as the Warriors stole 11 bases. Haak, Isaiah Liston and Donald Anderson had two hits to lead FC to the win.

The two sides met again on Thursday, March 26, in Fremont. FC managed to outdo itself on this day. Two days removed from scoring 10, the Warriors managed to put up 18 while giving up none to keep its BCL record unblemished.

Both CSD and Fremont Christian remained unbeaten going into their first head-to-head match up of the season on Tuesday, March 31. The contest would pair the top two teams in the BCL and break the first-place tie. Results for this game were not available at press. To find out who took sole possession of first in the BCL, log onto www.tricityvoice.com/sports.

Fremont Christian and CSD will meet again on Thursday, April 2, at CSD (although it is a home game for FC), at 4 p.m. CSD also will battle Emery again on the Eagles' home field, Tuesday, April 7, at 4 p.m.

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