Warriors’ extra effort falls short

Close games have mostly ended in a loss for the baseball team this season, and Tuesday’s game against Cerritos was no different as the Warriors lost 5-1 in 11 innings.

The Warriors, who have a home game today against Compton, will have two more chances to get back at the Falcons later this season.

“Last year, we lost the first game to Cerritos and won the next two against them,” Billy Madden, outfielder, said.

The game was locked in a scoreless tie going to the top of the sixth inning when Cerritos designated hitter George Sanchez hit a home run.

Starting pitcher Ken Gravely threw seven and two-thirds innings, earning seven strikeouts, giving up the run.

“It was a curveball down and away, and he just hit it out,” Gravely said.

The Warriors responded by loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning.

Madden got the Warriors on the board when he hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring sophomore shortstop Wayne Larcom.

The Warriors really was short lived, as it was halted after the next two batters struck out to end the inning.

“We just didn’t execute when we had to,” Gravely said.

Going into the 11th inning, the score was still tied when the leadoff batter for Cerritos hit a double into center field that was just out of the reach of Matt Mercier.

Two infield singles and a line-drive single gave Cerritos the lead, and they went on to score three more runs to wrap up the scoring for the inning.

“It’s a tough loss for us,” relief pitcher Beau Hopps said.

The Warriors will hope to put the loss behind them when they play Compton today at Warrior Field.

“Hopefully, we’ll just come back from this with a strong performance,” coach Nate Fernley said. “It was a good game, but we just made some mistakes in the final inning.”