Eagles’ Baseball clawed by big-city Tigers

MSJC suffered a crushing loss at the hands of Riverside City College, 20-0

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
MSJC Eagle Marino Rojas steps up to bat as Riverside pitches what would be a 20-0 win… for the Tigers.

■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

Whether you live in the city or on the outskirts, one can’t help but get excited for baseball. But when the Mt. San Jacinto Eagles played Riverside City College on Friday, it was clear that the big city Tigers had sharpened their claws.
After an uneventful first inning, the Eagles tried to hold off the Tigers with a little double-play… only for the Tigers to take the first two runs of the game soon after. And then they added four more runs in the third inning. Two more uneventful innings passed before the Tigers added one more to their tally in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh. At this point, an 11-run comeback looked to be a seventh-inning stretch. The eighth inning was even more unlucky for the Eagles, as Riverside took seven more runs, including a two-run homer. And then in the ninth, Riverside finished off their performance with two more to cement their win 20-0.
MSJC Coach Steve Alonzo did not return requests for comment.
The Eagles did slightly better when Citrus College came in the next day. Although beaten by the Owls 9-2, it represents a chance for these Eagles to learn wisdom. It may look very simple, just wait for the pitcher to throw the ball and then swing the bat at it… Not so, and the Eagles’ rough season thus far shows just how much they have left to learn; they are presently 3-11 for the season. In closing, though, this reporter recommends showing these young Eagles some love. Go see them play!
They’re away today at Palomar College this afternoon at 2 p.m. for their second of three games against the Comets, but the two teams will be in San Jacinto on Saturday at high noon. Who would have ever thought you could see birds AND stars in broad daylight?

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