Baseball ties Cortland after 10-inning battle

Leopards sophomore outfielder Nathan Perry takes his lead at first base on Tuesday at Ben Hines Field while SUNY Cortland freshman first baseman Nolan Smith gets into ready position. The Leopards and the Red Dragons ended the game in a tie, 7-7. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook
Leopards sophomore outfielder Nathan Perry takes his lead at first base on Tuesday at Ben Hines Field while SUNY Cortland freshman first baseman Nolan Smith gets into ready position. The Leopards and the Red Dragons ended the game in a tie, 7-7. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

Jonas Holt
Staff Writer

The No. 14 nationally ranked Leopards faced the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons in a non-conference game that ended in a 7-7 tie after 10 innings due to darkness Tuesday at Ben Hines Field.

“Today we played about as poorly as we could play so far this year,” head coach Scott Winterburn said. “We were not really doing much of what it is that we do and are known for doing.” 

Sophomore pitcher Cole Monsen started on the mound for the Leopards and the Red Dragons wasted no time getting to him as they opened the game up with a single into right field and a double into the left-center gap by sophomore outfielder Jon Munoz. 

A ground ball to first base allowed the first run of the game to score and gave SUNY Cortland a lead. After a sacrifice fly to center scored the second run of the game, Monsen got out of the first inning jam, striking out the next batter.

Junior left fielder Logan Corthell got the Leopards going in the bottom of the first with a single down the third base line, which brought up sophomore catcher Nathan Perry, who hit a shot off the tip of the Red Dragons’ junior third baseman Dylan Mackenzie’s glove and into the outfield, allowing Corthell to score to bring the deficit to 2-1. 

Freshman pitcher Justin Ries faces SUNY Cortland sophomore right fielder Logan Karwowski in the second inning Tuesday at Ben Hines Field. Ries struck out Karwowski as part of his 1.2 innings of work. The game ended in a tie, 7-7, after the 10th inning. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

A sacrifice fly from Corthell would tie the game at 2-2 for the Leopards in the bottom of the second inning. This was followed by a line drive into left field by graduate student second baseman Anthony Salcedo, which would score his brother, sophomore third baseman Aidan Salcedo, to give the Leopards a 3-2 lead heading into the third inning.  

“I’ve been just trying to stay inside the ball and shoot the middle, that’s been my approach lately,” Anthony Salcedo said. 

The throwing mishaps began in the third inning for the Leopards as freshman pitcher Justin Reis had difficulty fielding a bunt and threw it over junior first baseman Noah Garcia’s head, allowing another run to come in, tying the game. 

The Red Dragons took the lead after a wild pitch from Reis to make the score 4-3.

The Leopards gave up another run on a missed diving catch attempt by Corthell, which let the ball to roll to the fence and Red Dragons junior outfielder Chris Bonacci ran for an inside the park home run, extending his team’s lead to 5-3.

“It was sloppy and rough from us today,” Anthony Salcedo said. “Just not doing what we’re supposed to be doing today, it’s as simple as that.”

A leadoff double by senior center fielder Matt Diaz in the bottom of the fourth started the Leopards’ comeback, followed by a single up the middle by sophomore shortstop Ryan Vosika to cut the Red Dragons’ lead to 5-4. 

Diaz came up again in the bottom of the sixth inning and stayed hot, getting another hit up the middle for his second of the day. Garcia then came up and hit a double down the third base line, which advanced Diaz to third. 

“After my first at-bat I just had to get back to my plan and trust my approach,” Diaz said. 

A sacrifice fly from junior outfielder Nolan Anguiano brought Diaz home and tied the game at 5-5 heading into the final three innings.

Junior pitcher Ethan Galindo dominated in the seventh and eighth innings and shut out the Red Dragons’ offense to give the Leopards an opportunity to pounce at the plate. 

“Being on that island, it’s a little tough, but I felt like I figured it out once I locked in out there,” Galindo said. “I felt pretty good out there on that mound today.”

Sophomore third baseman Aiden Salcedo scores in the bottom of the second inning to give the Leopards a 3-2 lead against SUNY Cortland Tuesday at Ben Hines Field. The game ended in a 10th inning tie, 7-7. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

The Red Dragons gave up a run with a bases loaded walk to junior catcher Matt Rice to give the Leopards a 6-5 lead with two outs in the eighth inning. 

The Leopards turned to freshman pitcher Niko Urquidi for the save, but he started by walking a batter and hitting the next. The Red Dragons laid down a sacrifice bunt, which Urquidi fielded but threw it over Anthony Salcedo’s glove and it rolled into foul territory, allowing the Red Dragons to tie the game. 

A sacrifice fly from Mackenzie gave the Red Dragons a 7-6 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Another Diaz hit up the middle got the rally started for the Leopards. The game was then tied 7-7 after a Garcia double down the third base line brought in Diaz, but the Leopards failed to capitalize and the game went into extra innings.

The umpires then called the game after the 10th inning due to there not being enough daylight to see the ball as Ben Hines Field does not have any lights, so the game ended in a 7-7 tie. 

“We did some good things, we did some bad things, we just didn’t perform to our level of skill that we know we can perform at,” Diaz said.

The Leopards are 7-3-1 on the season and now look ahead to a three-game Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series against the Occidental Tigers, with the first game at 3 p.m. Friday at Occidental. The following two games will be played at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Ben Hines Field.

Jonas Holt can be reached at jonas.holt@laverne.edu.

Leopards sophomore outfielder Nathan Perry looks up at the foul ball along with SUNY Cortland junior shortstop Nick Marola and the umpire Tuesday at Ben Hines Field. The two teams finished in a 7-7 tie after 10 innings. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

Jonas Holt is a senior journalism major with a concentration in print and online journalism. He is a staff writer and staff photographer for the Campus Times and La Verne Magazine.

Sheridan Lambrook, a senior journalism major with a concentration in visual journalism, is photography editor and a staff writer for the Campus Times.

CommentCancel reply

Related articles

Leopards earn bid to NCAA tournament

Despite being eliminated from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff tournament, the No. 14 ranked Leopards earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Monday morning, their 12th in appearance in the NCAA tournament in program history.

Baseball clinches SCIAC title

With a 9-5 win over the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Ben Hines Field, the Leopards clinched the regular season SCIAC championship with a 18-6 conference record.

Student-athletes not immune to mental health crisis

Waking up early in the morning, having classes from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., then heading to the weight room, then straight to practice until about 7 p.m., doing homework until the middle of the night, and repeating it all the next day. That is a typical day in the life of a student-athlete in college.

Senior creates sports talk show

Grace Harrison, senior digital media major, has created a TV sports talk show for her senior project, combining her passions for TV and sports.  
Exit mobile version