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The Week Ahead for Hancock Athletics: Baseball and Softball Host Pair of Games, Roux Goes for Diving Double

The Week Ahead for Hancock Athletics: Baseball and Softball Host Pair of Games, Roux Goes for Diving Double

With spring sports nearing the end of Western State Conference play, each game carries added significance for Allan Hancocok College and opposing teams. This week, the baseball and softball teams both play two home games, while Hancock diver Kailey Roux will try to make school history at the WSC Diving Championships. The baseball team could reinsert itself into the WSC title hunt with three wins this week. 

BASEBALL (7-8, 15-16)
Tuesday, April 9 – vs. Oxnard, 2:30 PM *
Thursday, April 11 - @ Moorpark, 2:30 PM *
Saturday, April 13 – vs. Moorpark, 1 PM *

The Hancock baseball team looks to continue its winning ways with three key Western State Conference games this week. The Bulldogs start the week 7-8 in conference and 15-16 overall. They host Oxnard, Tuesday, April 9, at 2:30 PM, looking to sweep the four-game season series with the Condors. Oxnard comes to Hancock 5-10 in league and 12-17-1 overall. Hancock travels to Moorpark on Thursday for a 2:30 PM game with the Raiders who start the week 6-9 in league and 12-18 overall. The Bulldogs won their first two meetings with Moorpark last month. The Bulldogs host the Raiders on Saturday at 1 PM.

The Bulldogs snapped a six-game losing skid on Saturday with an 11-2 win at Oxnard. Center fielder Zach Rudd (Righetti HS) went 3-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI. First baseman Tristen Gutierrez (Santa Maria HS) had two hits and drove in two runs, while Chris Tani (Garth Webb HS) added two hits, including a solo home run. Sophomore third baseman Ismael Hernandez (Cabrillo HS) added a two-run single to help the Bulldogs' largest offensive output since scoring 14 runs against Canyons in early February. Sophomore Jake Shusterich (Arroyo Grande HS) continued to heat up at the plate with a two-run double. He also earned the win with five solid innings of three-hit ball against the Condors. Shusterich had two hits in each of the two games earlier in the week, including a home run. He went 5-for-9 with two doubles, four runs scored, and six RBI on the week.

Starting the week, sophomore catcher Reed Odland (Vauxhall HS) ranks No. 12 in the conference with a .289 batting average, while freshman Jeff Ray (Lompoc HS) sits 15th with a .281 clip. Odland, Rudd, and Shusterich are tied for seventh with three home runs. Rudd also sits tenth with 22 RBI. Odland ranks No. 4 in conference with a .449 on-base percentage after drawing 20 walks and being hit by four pitches.

Ventura sits atop the conference standings at 10-5, one game ahead of 9-6 Cuesta. Santa Barbara sits in third at 8-7, followed by Hancock at 7-8, Moorpark at 6-9, and Oxnard at 5-10.

Tuesday, April 9 - @ Cuesta, 2:30 PM *
Thursday, April 11 – vs. Bakersfield, 2:30 PM *
Friday, April 12 – vs. Taft, 12 PM

The Hancock softball team will look to end its seven-game losing streak with three games scheduled for this week. After dropping three non-conference games, including two against ranked opponents over the weekend, the Bulldogs are now 4-7 in Western State Conference play and 8-17 overall. They return to Western State Conference play Tuesday, April 9, at Cuesta, before hosting first-place Bakersfield on Thursday. Both conference games begin at 2:30 PM. The Bulldogs welcome Taft for a non-conference battle on Friday at noon.

Hancock edged Cuesta 3-2 last month behind freshman Shaylyn Coy (Templeton HS), who struck out seven and allowed seven hits and one earned run in seven innings against the Cougars. Crystal Gonzales (Righetti HS) led the Bulldogs with two hits, while Mackenzie Caspian (Cabrillo HS) added a triple. The Cougars are 2-9 in conference and 7-25 overall. Bakersfield, the defending conference champion, is 12-0 in league and 19-16 on the year. The Renegades defeated Hancock 6-1 last month in Bakersfield. Taft starts the week with an 8-22 record. Allie Dobbs leads Taft with a .363 batting average, 10 home runs and 28 RBI.

Statistically, Coy ranks second in conference with 77 strikeouts over 92 innings. Bakersfield's Kylee Fahy is the conference leader with 223 strikeouts and 15 wins. Hancock sophomore Sabrina Ornelas (Righetti HS) leads the league with 16 stolen bases. Zaiden Bakke (Pleasant Valley HS) ranks 11th with a .386 batting average. Gonzales ranks No. 2 on the team with a .347 batting average, and leads the Bulldogs with 18 RBI and 14 walks.

Friday – Saturday, April 12-13 – Western State Conference Diving Championships @ El Camino College

Sophomore Kailey Roux (Orcutt Academy) heads to this week's Western State Conference Diving Championships as the favorite to win the 1- and 3-meter diving titles. Roux has doubled in every diving competition she has entered this season. The WSC Diving Championships take place at El Camino College on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. The meet also serves as the Southern California Regional Championships, where divers can qualify for next month's CCCAA State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Last year, Roux made history by winning the first conference diving title in program history, taking the 3-meter final by a 65-point margin and finishing seventh among all divers in the SoCal Regional. She finished second in conference in the 1-meter event and tenth in the region. Roux qualified for the state meet in both events, placing ninth in California in the 1-meter final and tenth in the 3-meter.

Last weekend, Roux won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events at the 19th annual Pasadena Invitational, taking each by at least 55 points. Freshman Izzie Fraire (Righetti HS) broke the Hancock, meet, and pool records in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.65. It broke the previous Hancock record set by Leanna Bramble in 2015 by nearly three seconds. Fraire also placed third in three other events: 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, and 400-yard individual medley. Other notable Hancock performances during the three-day meet included freshman Helen Frazer (Lincoln HS), who placed eighth in the 200-yard butterfly, and Kaila Guillemin (Santa Ynez HS), who finished 12th in the 500-yard freestyle. Hancock finished fifth in the 800-yard freestyle relay, and seventh in the 200-yard medley relay. The Bulldogs came in fifth overall out of 16 women's programs from throughout California in the team standings.

Hancock swimmers will compete at the Western State Conference Championships next weekend at College of the Canyons. The CCCAA State Championships will be May 2-4 at De Anza College.

This Week: No meets

This Week: No matches