News

Cypress baseball rallies in 7th inning to beat No. 3 JSerra

The Cypress bench erupts as the winning run crosses the plate in a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)The Cypress bench erupts as the winning run crosses the plate in a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Cypress rallied to score three runs in the seventh inning to beat JSerra 4-2 in a nonleague baseball game Thursday at JSerra High.

The two teams played to a 2-2 tie on Tuesday at Cypress High in a game that was called due to darkness after eight innings.

JSerra (4-3-1) is ranked No. 3 in the Register’s Orange County Top 25 and Cypress (4-4-1) is ranked No. 7.

Cypress trailed 2-1 entering the seventh inning. Noah Johnson drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single by Connor Artasere.

JSerra’s Justin Wilson, right, puts the tag on Cypress’ Spencer...

JSerra’s Justin Wilson, right, puts the tag on Cypress’ Spencer Kwon, left, during a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

Cypress’ Jackson Pohl leaps in vain for a ball during...

Cypress’ Jackson Pohl leaps in vain for a ball during a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

JSerra’s Charlie Caruso rounds third to score in the first...

JSerra’s Charlie Caruso rounds third to score in the first inning in a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

JSerra’s Josh Hollis was the starting pitcher in a game...

JSerra’s Josh Hollis was the starting pitcher in a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

Cypress’ Aiden Franco delivers a pitch during a game between...

Cypress’ Aiden Franco delivers a pitch during a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

Cypress’ Aiden Franco pitched a complete game for a win...

Cypress’ Aiden Franco pitched a complete game for a win in a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

Cypress’ Greg Prophet makes a catch in shallow center field...

Cypress’ Greg Prophet makes a catch in shallow center field during a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

The Cypress bench erupts as the winning run crosses the...

The Cypress bench erupts as the winning run crosses the plate in a game between Cypress vs. JSerra in a nonleague baseball game at JSerra High School on Tuesday March 5, 2024. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

After a pitching change by JSerra, Spencer Kwon bunted down the first base line for a run-scoring single that tie the game at 2-2.

Cypress coach John Weber called for a hit-and-run but the batter missed the pitch and Kwon was caught in a rundown between first and second base. Kwon stayed in the rundown long enough for Artasere to score from first and give Cypress the lead.

“Kwon is proficient and placed it perfectly in the infield ‘Bermuda Triangle’ and that rallied us,” Weber said. “What benefited us the most in this situation was Kwon being super fast. Him being in the pickle was the perfect scenario.”

The Centurions scored again when pinch hitter Garret Rodriguez hit a run-scoring double to extend the lead to 4-2.

Cypress got an outstanding start from junior pitcher Aiden Franco, who pitched a complete game, allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

“I know that my defense has my back and I trusted them,” Franco said. “After we took the lead, (coach) Weber came and talked to me about the adrenaline and slowing my heart rate down. I think that helped a lot.”

The Lions’ pitching was also excellent leading up to the seventh inning. Oregon commit Josh Hollis allowed one run over four innings with just two hits allowed.

TCU commit Marcus Greis relieved Hollis and pitched two shutout innings with four strikeouts before his inherited runs scored in the seventh.

JSerra got off to a hot start and scored both of its runs in the first inning. Northwestern signee Charlie Caruso led the game off with a double and was driven in with a run-scoring double by Dmitri Susidko.

Susidko scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Greis to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.

Cypress beats JSerra 4-2.
3-run rally in the 7th by Cypress. Aiden Franco (below) CG, 5H, 2R, 3K. Big win for the Centurions. Both teams start league next week @ocvarsity @SteveFryer @CypCentBaseball @latsondheimer @LesLukach @SouthOCsports @JSerraLionsBB @jweb31 @frannnco29 pic.twitter.com/ppWogwXZ0D

— Michael Huntley (@mikehuntley63) March 8, 2024

Franco allowed just two hits after the rough opening frame.

“This is a huge game for Aiden Franco in more ways than one,” Weber said. “He had really been questioning himself. He showed a lot of moxie and a lot of character today which I think will propel him to becoming a player he is very capable of.”

Cypress cut the lead to one in the fourth inning. John Short hit a leadoff single and later scored on a groundout by Antonio Lujan.

The Centurions have played one of the toughest schedules in Southern California with games against top programs like Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Huntington Beach, Orange Lutheran and JSerra.

“If you’re trying to be one of the best programs around, then you need to play the other best programs,” Weber said. “This prepares us for league, CIF and all of those things. I feel like if I play you one time, I have an advantage to beat you the second time. That’s why we do it.”

The Centurions play a road game against Mira Costa on Saturday before opening Empire League play at Tustin on Wednesday, March 13.

JSerra opens Trinity League play Tuesday at home against the top ranked team in the county, Orange Lutheran.

 



Source link

Related posts

High school football: Crimson Cliffs passes tough test against Ridgeline to advance to 4A state championship

School Sports

Trinity League Football Podcast selects players of the year, previews CIF finals

School Sports

Santa Margarita boys water polo captures Villa Park Classic

School Sports

Leave a Comment