Cabrillo baseball entered Elks Field thinking upset against Lakewood – the same Lakewood team with a 25-deep roster and 11 consecutive seasons of 18 victories or more under veteran head coach Spud O’Neil.
What ensued was a high-scoring affair in the second day of the Righetti Spring Classic, with the Conquistadores falling to Lakewood 10-7.
It not only dropped the Conqs to 0-2 in the tournament, but handed CHS back-to-back losses to two Los Angeles region powerhouses – as the Conqs lost to Salesian (4-3 on Monday) and Lakewood by no more than three runs.
Even despite the losses, head coach Jon Osborne said he and his team are brimming with confidence, knowing the Conqs are capable of competing neck-and-neck with the best from L.A.
“Our guys were hoping for an upset. And we gave them everything we had,” Osborne said. “But with 25 guys on their side, they had plenty of options. They threw seven pitchers at us. Overall, today versus a big school like Lakewood, we matched up really well with them.”
Right away, both teams erupted with their scoring outbursts, as the Lancers – who hail from the Moore League in the L.A region and are currently in second place of their league standings – and the Conqs both scored a combined five runs in the first two innings.
Matt Gonzalez helped get the scoring going for the Conqs (10-11) as his base hit drove Joseph Sousa home in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Brady added another RBI early on through a sacrifice fly ball that flew toward right field.
The first five innings saw a back-and-forth sequence commence, as there were three lead changes before the Lancers outscored Cabrillo 5-2 in the final two innings.
“Offensively, we did a lot of little things really well. We just ran out of gas,” Osborne said. “We played them really well and matched them inning-by-inning.”
Cabrillo collected seven total hits, with Cameron Binnebose and Noah Randolph making contact with the ball twice. Randolph, who pitched a complete game and took the loss on the mound, drove two runners home and touched home plate twice.
Tony Hernandez blasted a double during the game for CHS, while Ben Dixon got a squeeze bunt RBI.
Lakewood finished with eight hits total. Daniel Mitchell, Carter White and Kevin Kolb were three Lancers who chipped in one hit for their team. Defensively, CHS committed four errors while Lakewood ended with two errors.
Lakewood will face Los Angeles Salesian for the morning contest at Righetti High at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Cabrillo will look to regroup against Pioneer Valley at Righetti High, as both teams will face off against one another for the 4 p.m. contest.
Merced 3, Lompoc 2
Like Cabrillo, the Braves are also 0-2 in the Righetti Spring Classic, as Lompoc fell to the Bears out of the Sac-Joaquin Section in the morning contest at Elks Field.
Lompoc (10-11) got six team hits. Justin Allen, Caleb Ramirez, Alejandro Salas, Ryan Morgan, Jeffrey Ray and Connor Hayes all blasted solo hits for LHS.
Allen and Salas each had one run for Lompoc, while Cortez finished with one RBI.
Freshman Oscar Rojas finished with the loss at pitcher as he stayed on the mound for six innings, striking out two batters but surrendering six hits and the three runs.
Lompoc takes on Atascadero for the afternoon contest of the RHS Spring Classic at 1 p.m. at Righetti High.