Baseball team snaps 10-game skid, softball teams gets first win of season
The jinx has been broken.
The monkey’s off their back.
Taft College snapped a 10-game losing streak Thursday – seven of those by one run – with a 1-0 Central Valley Conference victory over Fresno City College.
Sophomore southpaw Kevin Little pitched a complete-game shutout and leadoff hitter Travis Tessandori laid down a squeeze bunt that sent designated hitter Austin Betti, who opened the inning with a walk, sliding home with the game’s only run in the bottom of the eighth.
After drawing a walk from Fresno starter Jorge Alvarado (3-2), Betti moved to second on Michael Dagg’s sacrifice bunt and third when No. 9 hitter Bryan Nunez beat out an infield grounder.
That brought Tessandori – a good bunter – to the plate to execute a play the Cougars have often used with success.
Little, a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder from Kern Valley who has emerged as the ace of the staff, scattered seven hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter to record his first official win of the season against two losses.
He has a 1.50 earned run average in 42 innings of work with 25 strikeouts and nine walks.
Nunez had two of TC’s five hits with Tessandori, Roman Testani and Betti getting the others.
Meanwhile, the Cougar softball team got its first win of the season Thursday when they defeated Porterville 6-1 in the Central Valley Conference opener for both teams.
However, the Pirates came back to win the second game of the doubleheader 10-2.
Details were not available.
The Cougars (1-1 CVC, 1-14 overall) are in Merced (0-2 CVC, 5-10) today to make up a conference game that was rained out on Tuesday.
The win in the first game puts the Cougars in a second place tie in the conference with Porterville and Reedley – all at 1-1. Defending champion Fresno is 3-0.