Hancock College will honor members of the 1972 state championship baseball team during a pre-game ceremony on Thursday.
The Bulldogs will host Santa Barbara City College in a Western State Conference game at 2:30 p.m. at John Osborne Field.
“We are privileged and honored to host the 1972 state championship team,” said Kim Ensing, the college’s associate dean and athletic director. “This was a special team, with a special coach, and we relish the opportunity to welcome them back home 45 years after they made school history.”
Led by coach Osborne, the 1972 team was the first and only Hancock baseball team to win a state championship.
The Bulldogs won the Central Coast championship that year before hosting the Small Schools State Tournament.
Hancock topped College of the Redwoods 5-2 in the championship game to finish the season 26-3 overall.
Players from the 1972 team still hold many individual program records.
Brian Asselstine, who went on to play for the Atlanta Braves, still owns the Hancock records with a .426 career batting average, 33 stolen bases in a single-season, and 55 career stolen bases.
The pitching staff compiled a program-best 1.93 ERA.
In addition to Asselstine, two other members of the team ascended to the majors – Gary House with the Milwaukee Brewers and Jim Draper with the Detroit Tigers.
Osborne will be on hand to welcome back his players. He won 698 games with the Bulldogs in 31 seasons.
Santa Maria 264, Lompoc 329
Highlighted by a birdie from Joseph Balderama on the No. 2 hole, the Santa Maria High boys golf team defeated Lompoc 264-329 at the Santa Maria Country Club on Wednesday in Los Padres League action.
Balderama finished with the lowest scoring output of 41. Isaiah Kurgan followed with his 52 score, Ruben Quintero shot a 55, Leo Aguilar shot a 56 and Ash Avelino finished the day shooting a 60 for the Saints.
On Lompoc’s side, Nathan Williams led the way with 57 points. Romeo Barcelona and Victor Santiago both shot a 64, Kyle Villagomez finished with 69 points and Elijah Cross shot a 64.
Both teams will now head to Solvang on Thursday at the Alisal River Golf Course for the next LPL tournament.
Orcutt Academy 3, Cabrillo 0
The Orcutt Academy Spartans beat the Cabrillo Conquistadores 28-26, 25-23, 25-19, in a Los Padres League boys volleyball match Tuesday night in Vandenberg Village.
The first game was a nail biter with the Cabrillo Conquistadors leading most of the match up until the low 20's,” said Orcutt Academy coach Jim Milton. “Then it was back and forth until the Spartans barely pulled ahead to win, 28-26."
In the second set, the Spartans seemingly had the set under control – jumping out to a nine point lead – before the Conqs came roaring back to cut the Spartans’ lead to two.
The teams traded points until Orcutt Academy was able to nail a 25-23 set win.
The Spartans went out to another big lead in the third set but this time didn’t let it slip away.
“We played a better game in the third set,” said Milton. “We had more consistent serving” on the way to a 25-19 win.