Rio Hondo College Newspaper

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Rio Hondo College Newspaper

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Rio Hondo College Newspaper

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Baseball team eliminated from playoffs

The Rio Hondo baseball team’s season came to an end after being eliminated by Santa Barbara City College in the first round of the CCCAA Southern California Regionals.

The Roadrunners, who finished the season with a 26-12 overall record, were blanked in both losses against SBCC; 5-0 on Friday, May 1 and 4-0 on Saturday, May 2.

In the first game of the series, Rio Hondo only managed five hits and right-handed starter Joe Wills allowed five runs (four earned runs) and 12 hits in six innings pitched.

Nick Piraino, Ray Gonzalez, Steve Andrade, Ryan Viramontes and Nick Carino each had a hit in the game, but the Roadrunners, who finished the season with a .305 team batting average, failed to string several hits together and produce a big inning.

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Sean Barry, the SBCC starting pitcher, threw a complete-game shutout, struck out seven batters and walked one.

Rio Hondo sophomore Antonio Ruiz started the second game of the series, but could not out-pitch SBCC’s Justin Bruce.

Ruiz threw 5.2 innings, allowed two runs, three hits, struck out four and walked four.

Bruce threw a complete-game shutout and only allowed three hits, while striking out three, and walking none for SBCC.

Mauricio Guadarrama, Kory Brown and Andrade were the only Roadrunners to record a hit in Rio Hondo’s final game.

The Roadrunners finished the 2015 season with four straight losses after losing consecutive games in the Foothill Conference to San Bernardino Valley College back on April 23 and April 24.

The 1-0 loss to SBVC on April 24 was the first time since Feb. 18 that Rio Hondo failed to score a run.

The Roadrunners finished the season in second place in the conference standings with an 18-6 record, one game behind SBVC.

Ruiz finished the season with a .430 batting average, 65 hits, three home runs and 35 RBI.

Guadarrama finished with a .338 batting average, 52 hits and 25 RBI.

Andrade hit .323, with 50 hits, two home runs and 30 RBI. Piraino hit .301, with 47 hits, 42 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.

Wills finished the season with a 9-2 record, two complete games, 80.1 innings pitched, 51 strikeouts, 16 walks and a 3.14 ERA.

Ruiz finished with a 4-4 record, 61.2 innings pitched, 44 strikeouts, 30 walks and a 3.21 ERA.

Reliever Juan Gonzalez had a 1.82 ERA coming out of the bullpen with 27 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34.2 innings pitched.

Chris Butcher pitched a total of 48 innings and finished with a 6-2 record and also had three saves. Butcher struck out 35 batters, 22 walks and a 2.81 ERA.

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