Hancock starts with wins
Hancock's baseball team opened its 2018 season by winning twice at its John Osborne Field.
The Bulldogs edged Los Angeles Pierce 2-1 Friday behind a strong 6 2/3 innings by starting pitcher Nic Cardinal. The Bulldogs beat the Brahmas again, 8-6, Saturday.
The game Saturday went eight innings instead of the customary nine. The reason why was not known at press time.
Hancock won on its opening day for the fifth straight year.
Cardinal, a sophomore right hander struck out eight and scattered three hits and one run. He did not allow a hit until the fifth.
Quinntin Perez scored the winning run in the sixth on an Ismael Hernandez sacrifice fly. The ball Hernandez hit was caught in foul territory..
Perez doubled home Dylan Maiden in the first inning with the first run of the game. The Brahmas tied it in the fifth. Bryce Vitt tripled for the first hit off Cardinal. He scored on a passed ball.
Josh Tonascia and Daniel Curiel finished with two hits apiece for Hancock. The Brahmas out-hit the Bulldogs 6-5.
Maiden, Tonascia and Reed Odland all had two RBIS for the Bulldogs in the second game. Perez had one.
Tonascia delivered the winning hit for the Bulldogs with a two-run single in the seventh that put Hancock ahead 7-6.
Hancock will host Cabrillo at 1 p.m. Sunday in the third game of the Bulldogs' four-game homestand.
Hancock sweeps San Diego City College
The Bulldogs (2-0) began their 2018 campaign with an 11-3, 9-1 sweep of the Knights on the Hancock diamond.
Both games were called after the sixth inning because of the eight-run rule.
Mallory Townsend had a total of four hits and six RBIs for the Bulldogs in the doubleheader. She tripled twice for the defending Western State Conference North Division champions.
Hancock led 1-0 in the opener and then broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth. Sierra Martinez, Nakaila Fuggs, Crystal Gonzales and Bailey Killough all hit RBI singles and Townsend smacked a two-run triple.
Killough, the 2017 WSC Pitcher of the Year, went the distance to get the win. She struck out seven, and gave up three hits and three walks.
Hannah Diaz also pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, giving up one run on four hits.
The Bulldogs had another big fourth inning in the second game, this time snapping a 1-1 tie with seven runs then.
Sabrina Ornelas scored the eventual winning run from second base on a throwing error by the Knights' catcher. Townsend hit a three-run double.
Gonzalez, Townsend and freshman Zaiden Bakke all had two hits for Hancock.
Hancock 59, Oxnard 39
OXNARD — Despite shooting just 39 percent from the floor, the Bulldogs (11-9, 3-1) won their third straight with a Western State Conference North Division win at Oxnard (1-16, 0-4).
Grace Rosa notched her career double double for Hancock and Taylor Lee-Hammer notched her first. Rosa scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Lee-Hammer put in a game high 15 points and snared a career high 12 rebounds.
Hannah Walls scored nine points, pulled down five rebounds and blocked three shots for the Bulldogs,. Karly Beyers scored eight points and had 10 rebounds.
Hancock trailed 12-9 after the first quarter but out-scored the Condors 20-6 in the second.
Hancock 103, Oxnard 85
OXNARD — All 12 Bulldogs scored at least two points as Hancock (16-8, 3-1) won this Western State Conference North Division game at Oxnard (3-10, 1-3) for the Bulldogs' third straight win.
Shane Carney led the scoring with 26 points as five Bulldogs scored in double figures. Devin Davis, with 16 points and 13 rebounds, racked up his fifth career double double. He also had six assists.
Diego Lucas scored 13 points and doled out six assist. Spirit Ricks added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Glenn Jordan chalked up 10 points and five assists.
Kevin Baines chalked up eight points, seven rebounds and five assists for Hancock.