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Leopards bomb the Bombers back to New York

Julian Mininsohn
Sports Editor

The baseball team earned a 17-8 victory over the Ithaca College Bombers of New York Sunday at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier.

With the game tied at four in the third inning, the Leopards had a six run inning to break the game open.

“Everybody was hitting,” sophomore shortstop Michael Reyes said. “It was a solid team effort offensively.”

Reyes went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs. He also had a three run double that capped off the six run third inning for the Leopards.

“I really tried to settle down and hit, especially with two strikes,” Reyes said.

La Verne was offensively efficient scoring 17 runs on 18 hits. Seven different Leopards drove in at least one run.

“We got a lot of guys doing things offensively,” head coach Scott Winterburn said.

Sophomore center fielder Nolan Henley was one of the many offensive bright spots for the Leopards. Henley went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.

“We decided to be more aggressive,” Henley said.

The Leopards used five different pitchers on the day. Freshman Donald Hernandez got the start, going 3.2 innings  and surrendering five runs on four hits.

Sophomore Zach Quinones and freshmen Joseph Blair and Diego Cortez combined for one inning, giving up three runs in relief.

“We have to learn to throw strikes,” Winterburn said.

Sophomore Brett Early earned the win on the mound for the Leopards going 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

“Brett pitched well,” Winterburn said. “He pitched the best out of all of them.”

Ithaca junior right fielder Christian Brown went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior first baseman Colby Gee went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Bombers’ losing effort.

Over the weekend, the Leopards also played a three-game series against Kean University of New Jersey, losing all three contests.

After the four-game weekend the Leopards have an overall record of 6-10. Their conference record still stays in act at 4-4.

The Leopards will resume SCIAC play as they start their three-game set on the road against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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