COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Vanguard Lions (8-5) came off a weekend sweep and went head to head with Corban University (5-4). The Lions started off strong, taking the lead in the first inning, and seemed to have the game at the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately, Vanguard fell to the Warriors in the top of the seventh and could come back. The ninth inning ended with Vanguard losing, 8-5.
As the game started, Corban made their intent known by earning a run in the first inning. Vanguard answered right away. Tanner Perry (JR/El Cajon, CA) reached first on a fielding error and then stole second. Then Brandon Sandoval (SR/Fallbrook, CA) moved Perry to third and stole second, giving Trai Patrick (SR/Everett, WA) two runners in scoring position. Patrick made the most of an opportunity and his a double to left center, driving Sandoval and Perry home and giving Vanguard a 2-1 lead.
Corban took away the lead by posting runs in the third and fifth innings, but Vanguard was not about to go down without a fight. In the bottom of the sixth, Perry was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Sandoval came up with a two RBI single to the right side. Patrick followed up Sandoval's RBIs with one of his own and the Lions left the sixth inning with a 5-3 lead. That would be the last the Lions would score for the day. Corban University came up in the top of the seventh, picked up four runs, and added one more in the ninth. By the end of nine innings, Corban won, 8-5.
Despite the lack of runs, the Lion's bats were not to blame. Vanguard had 10 hits for the day, only three behind Corban's 13. Trai Patrick went 4-4, earning for out of Vanguard's ten hits of the day while Sandoval grabbed three, going 3-5. Roberto Johnson (SR/San Marcos, CA) started on the mound for the Lions and went 5 innings before handing if off to Tyler Skinner (JR/Dos Palos, CA) who pitched for one inning before the Lions brought in Christian Sheehan (SR/Redondo Beach, CA) (0-1) and Josh Bailly (JR/Union City. CA) for a couple at bats. Michael Kashou (FR/Anaheim, CA) came in at the eight inning to close out the game.
Next Game: Thursday, February 16th at The Master's University at 2:00 p.m.