Baseball team wins seventh straight, tops San Diego City

Baseball team wins seventh straight, tops San Diego City

Irvine Valley's baseball team made the most of its opportunities at the plate and had another strong game on the mound in a 6-4 nonconference win at San Diego City on Monday afternoon.

The Lasers won their seventh straight game and improved their record to 8-1 overall. The loss dropped San Diego City's record to 0-6.

Irvine Valley finished with six hits in the game and earned nine walks in the game to help with its six runs. Sophomore third baseman David Rojas had three walks and IVC got two from sophomore center fielder Ben McConnell, sophomore second baseman Trent Whitaker and freshman shortstop Robert Haw.

The Lasers scored three runs in the top third to tie the game, 3-3.

Freshman left fielder Kyle Dobson, who had a big game, drove in two runs with a double. Then freshman first baseman Pu'ukani De Sa singled to center to bring in Dobson and tie the score.

The Lasers took the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning. Whitaker walked with the bases loaded to bring in Haw and give IVC a 4-3 advantage.

IVC tacked on single runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings to take control. In the seventh, freshman designated hitter Joey Lapolla was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and then in the eighth, Dobson singled up the middle to score Rojas and put the Lasers in front, 6-3.

Dobson went 2 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Rojas was 0 for 1 with three walks and two runs, Whitaker went 1 for 2 with two walks and one RBI and Lapolla was 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI.

Sophomore right-hander Keenan Cisneros earned the win on the mound. He took his record to 1-1 on the year. Cisneros went five innings and gave up three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Sophomore Paul Colignon pitched three scoreless innings of relief and turned the ball over to sophomore closer Noah Bradford, who gave up three hits and one run, but got out of a jam and helped the Lasers to another win.

Irvine Valley plays again on Tuesday, hosting a now doubleheader with San Diego Mesa. The day will start at 11:30 a.m. with a doubleheader. IVC's scheduled game for Thursday at Mesa has been shifted to Irvine Valley and will be played after the first game as a seven-inning contest because of more rain in the forecast later this week.

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