By Michael Carpenter
The Roadrunners took on the Olympians of San Diego Mesa, Feb. 3, in Palm Desert. In a performance that would leave COD without a run in a 12-0 loss, it didn’t take long for the Olympians to get on the board with left fielder Alex Emerick grounding out to second base and scoring shortstop Zachary Taylor for the first run of the game. A few batters later, catcher Jake Rico would single in two more runs, giving San Diego a 3‐0 lead in the opening inning.
The Olympians led 4-0 heading into the final inning when the game got out of hand for the Roadrunners. COD would go on to give up eight runs in the top of the 9th, allowing five hits, three walks, two hit batters, and one error. Right-hander Ian Lutz took the mound for San Diego and he didn’t disappoint. Lutz threw 8.1 scoreless innings, ending his day with seven strikeouts while allowing three hits, one walk, and picking up the win.
Kyle Abblitt, Justin Valdez, Zachary Taylor, and Jake Rico all were key parts of the Olympians’ offensive attack, each providing two hits in the game. The one bright spot for the Roadrunners was the five scoreless innings provided by sophomore pitcher Roberto Aladana, who mixed in three strikeouts while allowing only one hit. As for upcoming games, the Roadrunners will be playing in the Dave Buttles Memorial Desert Tournament held in Palm Desert.
The Roadrunners hosted Palomar, Thursday, Feb. 5 at noon, Cypress on Friday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m., and wrapped up their play Saturday, Feb. 7 against San Bernardino Valley at 2:30 p.m.