Canyons Takes First Conference Series with 9-3 Win at LAVC
By Mari Kneisel/COC Sports Information
VALLEY GLEN — College of the Canyons worked for a 12-9 victory over host L.A. Valley College on Saturday, concluding the conference-opening series having won two of three over the Monarchs.
The Cougars (8-10, 2-1) maintained a narrow one-run lead through the fourth inning, before L.A. Valley (12-7, 1-2) surged with a five-run fifth inning to put Canyons back in catch up mode.
Both Kane brothers made an impact for the Cougars, combining for six hits and scoring three runs each at the plate.
After the big Monarch fifth inning COC responded by pushing across eight runs over the next four innings. Canyons briefly retook the lead at 9-8 in the eighth on a trio of unearned runs aided by a crucial LAVC infield error.
The back-and-forth ballgame called for Canyons head coach Chris Cota to call on his bullpen three times. Dylan Jacobs relieved starter Kyle Cop in the top of the fifth to get the Cougars through that inning.
- Doyle Kane—3-for-5, 3B, 2B, 3 runs, 2 RBI
- Mikey Kane—3-for-5, 2B, sac-fly, 3 runs, RBI
- Steven Gonzalez—2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI
- Andy Ambriz—1-for-4, 2 BB, run, 2 RBI
- Alex Ballesteros—2-for-5, 2B, BB, run, RBI
Canyons will continue conference play in a three-game, away-home-away series with L.A. Mission College. The series gets underway Tuesday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Sylmar.
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—Photo by Kyle Kawamoto/COC Sports Information