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COC baseball stays on course with 9-3 win over West L.A.

Posted: April 20, 2013 8:09 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2013 8:09 p.m.

COC's Kamran Young (9) hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against West LA College at COC on Saturday.

 

The College of the Canyons Cougars baseball team likely has a pretty attractive resume if it ends up needing an at-large bid into the postseason.

But the Cougars know if they win out they’re guaranteed the second and last automatic seed out the Western State Conference, South Division.

On Saturday afternoon at COC, the Cougars remained on course, defeating the visiting West L.A. Wildcats 9-3.

“As coaches we know the automatic, if we get the auto that will get us in the top 16 and out of the play-in game,” said COC head coach Chris Cota. “You’re always more excited to get the auto than wait around (to see if you get an at-large bid).”

The Cougars (20-13 overall, 15-6 WSCS) entered the day one game out of second place behind Bakersfield College.

If both schools win out, they would be tied for second and COC would receive the second WSCS spot into the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional playoffs because it owns the tiebreaker.

But there’s still business to be handled on the field before such a scenario can play out.

On Saturday, it was up to West Ranch graduate Steven Farnworth, who took the mound and shut the Wildcats down for five innings before West L.A. began to figure him out in the sixth and seventh.

Farnworth ended up going 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts to earn the win.

“He does great every outing,” said COC second baseman Ivan Vela, who was 2-for-3 with four RBIs. “And he’s getting better. He let’s us do our job on the field.”

The Cougars pushed across a run in the second and third to take a 2-0 lead.

That score held until the sixth, when West L.A. (5-25, 3-18) scratched across a run on an RBI single by Quinn Barbini.

But the Cougars would respond.

“We had to win the inning,” Vela said. “That’s one of our goals is to win every inning.”

They did just that — scoring twice on an unearned run and an RBI by Kamran Young.

The Cougars continued to pour it on, responding to two Wildcats’ runs in the seventh with three of their own, and topping off the game with two in the eighth.

“We got back in the game at 4-3 then we let them in,” said West L.A. head coach Bob Grant. “We have to close it out. That’s Canyons. They’re a playoff type team and we’re not. That’s the difference.”

The Cougars get one more with West L.A., a road contest at 2:30 on Tuesday, before closing out the season with two games against L.A. Mission at home on Friday and Saturday.

 

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