In their second home field win at Stengel Field this week, Vaqueros’ starting pitcher Tei Vanderford quickly established his dominance with three up and three down in the top of the first inning which set the tone as GCC defeated the West Los Angeles Wildcats Saturday afternoon with a 6-1 win.
After two pop outs by outfielders Justin Jones and Mike McCallister, the Vaqs loaded the bases on walks and steals but stranded the runners when designated hitter Chris Whitmer unsuccessfully tried to steal home from third base.
In the top of the second inning, Wildcat’s first baseman Pat Haney walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Quinn Barbini, only to be stranded after a caught line-drive and a tag at first.
The Vaqs came on strong in the second inning and were able to score their first run after an error by Barbini.
In the next inning West L.A.’s Rigo Vargas hit led to a double play and Johnny Davis was tagged out at third on an attempted steal.
In the bottom of the third inning, the score extended to 3-0 for the Vaqueros after Austin Walker hit a single and Julian Jarrard followed with a two-run homer.
Two singles, a bunt and an error by the Wildcats’ pitcher and the Vaqs went into the fourth inning up 5 – 0.
After a double and a single to open the fourth inning, the Wildcats managed to get third baseman Jose Munoz across the plate for their only score of the game.
After an uneventful fifth inning , Edgar Montes came to the plate in the sixth and drove the ball so hard it not only hit the left field fence, but knocked the gate open.
The Vaqueros then held onto their lead, bringing in relief pitcher Michael Robinson and closer Carl Daniels who finished off the Wildcats in the top of the ninth.
The Vaqueros’ season improves to 19 wins and nine losses and they continue to hold their first place position in their division with 14 wins and four losses.
The Vaqueros will face the Wildcats again on Tuesday in West L.A. at 2:30 p.m.