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Deville, Cougars clobber Wildcats

Pitcher shuts down West L.A. as COC’s offense lights up scoreboard

Posted: March 4, 2009 1:44 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons outfielder Trevor Bloom rounds second after hitting a grand slam Tuesday against West L.A. College at College of the Canyons.

 
College of the Canyons evened its Western State Conference record with an offensive explosion against West Los Angeles at home Wednesday, scoring a 21-5 victory.

After spotting the Wildcats (1-10, 1-5) a run in the top of the first, Caleb Deville shut down West Los Angeles for five innings, while the Cougars (6-9-1, 3-3) rocked starter Paul Salazar for eight earned runs in two innings of work.

“We jumped on them early,” said College of the Canyons head coach Chris Cota. “We kept after it. When you get up big on a team there’s a tendency to go into cruise control, but that didn’t happen today.”

College of the Canyons batted around in the first inning, pushing across five runs on five hits, all with two outs.

Right fielder Trevor Bloom delivered the first Cougar home run of the game in the following inning when he hit a two-run rope over the wall in left field.

“I was seeing the ball well today,” Bloom said. “I talked with some of my teammates before I went up there the first time, and they told me to just stay focused on staying inside of the ball.”

After inducing a double play in the third, West Los Angeles reliever Jack Maeshiro had a chance to get out of a two on and none out jam, but Cougar nine-hole hitter Kirk Corrales drilled a shot over the left-center field fence to give College of the Canyons a 9-1 lead.

“They swung the bats really well,” said West Los Angeles head coach Bob Grant. “They started out aggressive, and we weren’t as ready to play as they were.”

College of the Canyons homered for a third straight inning in the fourth when designated hitter Hugo Hernandez crushed a two-run shot off Maeshiro.

“It’s not too often that you put up as many runs as we did today,” Cota said. “We played well today in all three facets of the game. I was pleased with how we played offensively, in the field and on the mound.”

Zach Tucker tallied the lone shutout frame for Wildcats in the fifth, but a two-out error by Tucker in the sixth opened the offensive floodgates for the Cougars.

College of the Canyons loaded the bases with a Matt Warr walk before a Nick Harlow triple knocked home three runs. Catcher Kyle Leon followed with a double to plate Warr.

“This is a first-class organization,” Grant said. “Cota has this team playing solid fundamental baseball, and they showed what kind of team they can be today.”

Bloom saw the Cougar defense as a major reason COC rolled to victory.

“This is our third straight game without an error and our third straight win,” Bloom said. “I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”

Bloom delivered an exclamation point for the Cougars with a grand slam — COC’s fifth of the game — in the eighth to give COC a 21-2 lead.

“We’ve had one goal since the beginning of the season, and that is to win our conference,” Bloom said. “Today was another step toward that goal.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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