The Riverside City College baseball team is one win away from its first state championship in 15 years.
Danny Garcia won a Grand Slam in the first inning, and the rest of the RCC offense followed suit as the Tigers had 18 hits and a 14-8 victory over top-ranked Ohlone. Sunday afternoon at Folsom Lake College.
RCC won their opener at Folsom on Saturday in spectacular fashion, scoring six runs in the eighth inning to claim an 11-9 win over Folsom. And the Tigers’ sticks were also on fire to start Saturday’s game.
RCC loaded the bases in the first inning and took the lead when Bret Bowers was hit by a one-out pitch. Garcia came up to the plate, threw a pitch and cleared the bases to extend the Tigers’ lead to 5-0. RCC nailed three more in the second inning, two on wild pitches and another on an RBI single from Bowers.
Ohlone scored three runs in the third inning on a combination of three hits and two errors from the RCC defense.
Ignacio Alvarez went 4-for-4 in the game, and his fifth-inning RBI single gave RCC a 9-3 advantage. Ohlone responded with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to four.
The RCC pulled away again with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Daniel Briones scored a home run in the sixth, and Sebastian Flores netted a sacrifice ball later in the set. Adrian Arechiga had a sacrificial fly in the seventh inning, and Darius Price delivered an RBI single later in the inning to give RCC a 13-6 lead.
Garcia and Briones had three hits apiece, and Garcia and Alvarez each scored three times for the RCC.
Giancarlo Flores started on the mound for the RCC and allowed eight hits and two earned runs in five innings. Ryan Hernandez pitched the final inning, allowing three runs and three hits. Flores and Hernandez each pulled out three.
RCC will face either Ohlone or Folsom Lake for the championship on Monday. The Tigers can secure the title with a Game 1 victory. A second game would be played if either Ohlone or Folsom beat RCC in the first game.