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The Week Ahead for Hancock Athletics: Baseball and Softball Enter Final Week of Season, Track and Field Heads to WSC Finals

The Week Ahead for Hancock Athletics: Baseball and Softball Enter Final Week of Season, Track and Field Heads to WSC Finals

The Allan Hancock College baseball and softball teams will look to end their 2019 seasons with victories, while track and field athletes will try to vie for Western State Conference titles and spots in the Southern California Regional Prelims.

Below is a preview of the week ahead for Hancock athletics.

BASEBALL (9-9, 19-18)
This Week:
Tuesday, April 23 vs. Ventura *, 2:30 PM
Thursday, April 25 @ Ventura*, 2:30 PM

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Hancock baseball team (9-9, 19-18) closes the 2019 season with a home-away series with Ventura College. Ventura (23-14) enters the week in a three-way tie for first place with Santa Barbara City College and Cuesta at 11-7 in conference. Santa Barbara places two with Moorpark, while Cuesta takes on Oxnard this week.

The Bulldogs went 2-1 last week, starting with a 2-1 loss to Merced despite a complete game from freshman Trevor Garcia (Santa Maria HS). Garcia allowed just one earned run and four hits and struck out nine. Davey Demeter (Dos Pueblos HS) and Chris Tani (Garth Webb HS) had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.

Hancock bounced back during its annual Spring Classic, defeating East Los Angeles 9-4 and the Blue Devils 2-1. Five Bulldogs recorded two or more hits in Hancock's 14-hit outburst against East L.A. Jake Shusterich (Arroyo Grande HS) went 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Reed Odland (Vauxhall HS) had two hits, including a home run, and scored three times. Travis Welker (Santa Ynez HS), Ismael Hernandez (Cabrillo HS), and Garcia had two hits apiece. Freshman Dylan Kelly (Dos Pueblos HS) earned the win after allowing one run over six innings. The Bulldogs ended the week with a walk-off win thanks to freshman Tristen Gutierrez (Santa Maria HS), who delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth in the Bulldogs' 2-1 come-from-behind win over Merced. Mike McLean (Arroyo Grande HS) went 2-for-3 with a walk. Shusterich threw six solid innings for the Bulldogs. Isaac Baez (St. Joseph HS) earned the win in relief with three scoreless innings of relief. It was Hancock's first walk-off win since the season opener.

Overall, Garcia ranks fourth in conference with a 2.35 ERA and fifth with 62 strikeouts. Hernandez leads the WSC with four saves. Hernandez leads the team with a .298 batting average, while Zach Rudd (Righetti HS) leads the team with 25 RBI to go with his .287 batting average. Odland leads the Bulldogs with four home runs and 22 walks.

Ventura's TJ Foreman leads the conference with a .384 batting average and 26 stolen bases, while Zane Chittenden and AJ Medrano rank No. 1 and No. 2 with 40 and 38 RBI respectively.

SOFTBALL (6-9, 11-21)
This Week:
Tuesday, April 23 @ Oxnard*, 2:30 PM

The Hancock softball team wraps up the 2019 season on Tuesday, April 23 at Oxnard. The Bulldogs enter the week 6-9 in Western State Conference play and 11-21 overall. The Condors are 7-8 in conference and 14-19-1 overall.

Hancock is coming off a 2-2 week that included a heartbreaking 5-4 loss in 10 innings at Moorpark and a 14-0 win over L.A. Pierce and 9-1 victory over L.A. Mission. Sophomore Crystal Gonzales (Righetti HS) went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks, while Shaylyn Coy (Templeton HS) went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI in the loss at Moorpark. Hancock scored three times in the top of the tenth, but the Raiders rallied for four runs in the tenth. Sophomore Sabrina Ornelas (Righetti HS) had three hits, while Zaiden Bakke (Pleasant Valley HS) had two hits and 3 RBI, Gonzales scored three times and drove in three, while Adiana Pacheco (Righetti HS) also drove in a pair against Pierce. Alexis Porter earned the win with a three-hit shutout. The Bulldogs split their doubleheader with L.A. Mission, falling 4-3 in the opener before taking the second game 9-1 in five innings. Gonzales had three hits, including a home run and drove in three, while Mackenzie Caspian (Cabrillo) drove in two more in the win. Natalya Fuggs (Righetti HS) hit a two-run home run.

Last week, Gonzales went 7-for-12 with six runs, three doubles, one home run, and 7 RBI. Ornelas went 6-for-10 with an RBI in the final three games of the week.

For the season, Gonzales leads the team with 26 runs scored, 13 doubles, 39 hits, three home runs, 27 RBI, 18 walks, and .394 batting average. Bakke ranks second with a .368 batting average and 21 RBI. Ornelas is hitting .321 for the season with a conference-leading 20 RBI.

Oxnard is led offensively by shortstop Giselle Roldan, who is hitting .528 with nine home runs, 42 RBI, and 46 runs. She has struck out only once in 108 official at-bats. Destiny Murillo is hitting .445 with three home runs and 41 RBI.

This Week:
Friday, April 26 @ Western State Conference Finals @ Moorpark

The Hancock track and field team heads to the Western State Conference Finals on Friday, April 26 at Moorpark College. Participants will look to win conference titles and qualify for next week's Southern California Regional Prelims.

During the WSC Prelims last week, Davina Valerio (Pioneer Valley HS) finished second in the high jump by clearing nine feet, 0.25 inch, and third in the long jump with a top distance of 16-2.5. By finishing in the top-six, Valerio qualified for SoCal Prelims in both events. She also earned 14 points in the team standings for the Bulldogs, who sit in fifth place out of 10 teams.

Freshman Michele Marceleno (Pioneer Valley HS) earned a spot in the 1,500-meter run finals by finishing ninth in her heat during the prelims with a time of 1:07.61.

Freshman Letarian Brandon (Arroyo Grande HS) completed in three events during the prelims, just missing qualifying for the finals in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.66 seconds, and 23.37 seconds in the 200-yard dash. A handful of other Bulldogs also competed during the prelims, but did not advance in those events.

In addition to the track event finals, four field event finals (triple jump, javelin, hammer throw, and high jump) will also take place during this week's WSC Finals.

The Southern California Regional Trials will be Saturday, May 4 at Riverside City College. The SoCal Finals will be the following week, May 10. The 2019 CCCAA State Championships will be May 17-18 at College of San Mateo.