Leopards sweep the Sagehens to continue SCIAC dominance

Madison Hudson
Staff Writer

The La Verne baseball team balled out this past weekend against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, winning 10-8 on April 7 in Claremont and 3-2 and 5-4 on Saturday at Ben Hines Field.

Sophomore right fielder Logan Reese said he was excited about how the games went and was proud of how his teammates pulled off a weekend sweep.

“We were always picking up each other and were always ready for the next battle,” Reese said. “Jerry Terry (graduate student pitcher) was dominant on the mound, and Noah Garcia had some great hits that put us on the board.”

Terry got his Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference-leading seventh win in the first game on Saturday, allowing just one run in six innings to lower his ERA to 1.69.

Freshman infielder Aidan Salcedo said he went into the game with confidence and quickly found himself taking great swings, getting three hits and scoring two runs in the three games.

“In the series, in the first game hitting a single in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, the feeling of support and excitement from my teammates really fired me up and got me in a solid competitive mindset to win,” Salcedo said. 

A huge factor for the Leopards winning the series was sophomore pitcher Benny Vogel, who came through with two huge saves in Saturday’s doubleheader, allowing no runs. He now leads SCIAC with seven saves.

Sophomore first baseman Noah Garcia had four hits, 11 put-outs and two important double-plays against the Sagehens.

“I feel like as a team, we had great energy all weekend and were able to lean on each other to get the wins,” Garcia said. “Our preparation was good, we understood that it wouldn’t be easy, but we couldn’t stay down and had to fight back.”

Freshman outfielder Kyle Fortenberry said he was proud of the team’s battle against the Saghens and was always cheering on his teammates until the last ball was thrown.

“I feel that we prepared very well for the challenging weekend,” Fortenberry said. “We spent the entire week working on hitting specific pitches that we knew their pitchers were going to throw, and we were able to successfully hit very well of their pitchers.”

The Leopards continue on a seven-game winning streak as they take on Cal Lutheran this weekend. Their series with the Kingsmen starts at 3 p.m. Friday in Thousand Oaks, followed by a doubleheader at Ben Hines Field at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Leopards are currently 18-10 overall and 11-1 in SCIAC play. 

Madison Hudson can be reached at madison.hudson@laverne.edu.

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