Things were looking good for the #12 seed Pasadena City College baseball team. Right up to the eighth inning Saturday. After splitting the opening two games of a SoCal Regional First Round series at higher #5 seed Glendale, the Lancers took a 5-1 lead after six innings of their elimination third game. Even after the Vaqueros cut it to 6-5, PCC put up its second 5-run inning of the game in the top of the eighth to take a commanding 11-5 lead.
Freshmen leftfielder Edward Manzo and first-year starting pitchers Gordon Ingebritson and Nathan Garkow were the Pasadena City College selections to the 2018 All-South Coast Conference North Division First Team in voting by conference coaches in their season-ending meeting
The idea that the "baseball gods" look out for some teams while denying others certainly is mythical. But maybe the Pasadena City College baseball team has an angel on its shoulders especially after everything went its way this past week in helping the Lancers qualify for the 2018 Southern California Regional Playoffs.
The Pasadena City College baseball team doesn't control its own destiny in a quest for a 2018 SoCal playoff spot. But after a 9-0 victory over Rio Hondo College on Tuesday combined with a Chaffey loss to Cerritos and an East Los Angeles defeat v. Mt. San Antonio, the Lancers chances improved to very hopeful.
Gordon Ingebritson put his bid in for All-South Coast Conference, pitching a brilliant 2-hit, complete game as the Pasadena City College baseball team kept its postseason chances alive with a 3-1 victory over Chaffey Thursday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
Extra innings raises the pressure of who will come through or who will fail in the clutch. For the Pasadena City College baseball team, however, it seems to hit a comfort zone when the game is tied after nine innings. On Saturday night, the Lancers won for the third time in extra innings this year, and the sixth consecutive in the game's version of overtime in the past three years.
It took 27 days for Nathan Garkow to close his own victory. But the three innings he pitched on Monday didn't go down as a save because it simply added to the six innings he threw back on March 13. Add the six and the three and Garkow finished with a 5-hit, complete-game shutout as the Lancers completed a rain-halted game from last month, beating Cerritos, 6-0, at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
Believed to be the first professional baseball player with autism, former Pasadena City College outfielder Tarik El-Abour, 25, recently signed a minor league contract with Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals. El-Abour played for the Lancers in 2011 and as a part-time starter in 2013.
When the Pasadena City College baseball team made its magical run to the 2017 South Coast Conference North Division title, the Lancers never had longer than a 2-game losing streak. On Wednesday, PCC suffered its fourth straight loss, an 8-5 setback against Citrus at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
On Monday, the visiting Pasadena City College baseball team went up against SoCal No. 4-rated Cerritos College, a team on a 10-game win streak and boasting the state's then best record at 17-2. The unranked Lancers battled for nine innings, then used Edward Manzo's 2-RBI double in the 10th frame to snap the Falcons' string in a 6-4, South Coast Conference victory.
State No. 13-ranked El Camino led the Pasadena City College baseball team, 5-1,with six outs to go Monday afternoon. The Lancers though rallied, tying it on a 2-RBI double by reserve rightfielder Frank Yokas and then stealing a 6-5 victory when Tony Shue launched a bases loaded, walk-off drive well down the left field line to end the South Coast Conference contest at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
The Pasadena City College baseball team extended its win streak to a season-best three games in rallying to defeat Santa Barbara City College, 6-3, Wednesday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field. Winning pitcher Nathan Garkow struck out 10 batters over seven innings and returning All-South Coast Conference First Team hurler Race Gardner picked up the save with two shutout frames.
The Pasadena City College baseball pitching staff helped the Lancers go 3-1 on their road trip from Feb. 17-24. PCC's pitchers have allowed only one unearned run in the last 18 innings. While during 35 innings of their road swing, they gave up just 25 hits, six earned runs, and struck out 40 batters.
The Pasadena City College baseball team is scoring runs of late, but its heralded pitching staff has run into some struggles of late. The Lancers trailed 2-0 and 5-3, but rallied to take a 7-5 lead in the fourth inning Friday. Visiting Merced bolted back to regain the lead in the seventh and go on to down PCC, 11-9, at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
The Pasadena City College baseball team is riding the right arm of redshirt freshman Gordon Ingebritson. The 5-foot-11 ace pitched his third win in three collegiate starts as the Lancers defeated Oxnard, 3-1, Thursday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
The Pasadena City College baseball team opened the month of February by splitting a pair of games the past few days against Western State Conference schools. The Lancers defeated host Los Angels Valley, 9-2, on Thursday, then were handed an 8-2 loss v. Ventura on Saturday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
Catcher Matt Orozco hit a walk-off, bases loaded single to right field, giving the Pasadena City College baseball team a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory over San Diego Mesa in 10 innings Tuesday afternoon at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
The defending South Coast Conference champion Pasadena City College baseball team opened up the 2018 season with a command performance by freshman pitcher Gordon Ingebritson as he combined with two relievers to shut out West Los Angeles, 5-0, Friday afternoon at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
If ever the statement "what are you going to do for an encore?" applied to a program, it would be the 2018 Pasadena City College baseball team. The '17 Lancers set historic contemporary marks for the program, including winning a conference title, making the postseason and winning a regional playoff series, winning 26 games, and setting several individual hitting highs. Even the head coach--Pat McGee--will try to follow up being named the South Coast Conference Coach of the Year for all men's sports.
All-South Coast Conference First Team pitcher Race Gardner, a letterman for the 2018 Pasadena City College baseball team, has committed to the University of Hawaii at Hilo on scholarship for his junior season in 2019.