BY ROMAN DELARA
As the conclusion of COD spring sports is imminent, it’s that time again to check up on baseball, men’s tennis and softball.
The season did not start off well for Roadrunners’ baseball. As the team only won two out of their first 18 games. After that slump, they went on a five-game winning streak. In which one of the games included a walk-off.
Ever since, the team has been able to only pull off three victories. Leaving their overall record at 10-26 and their conference record at 8-12. The last win for them was back on April 6 against Imperial Valley.
There are some players to watch out for as they dive deeper into their baseball careers. First is sophomore center fielder Travis Tanaka, who has a team leading batting average of .353, along with 22 RBI and one home run. He also could be up for the First Team All-Foothill Conference Honors. It would be his second, as he won his first last year with COD.
Next is freshman pitcher Jake Mesa, who in 11 starts and 62.1 innings, sports an ERA of 3.62 along with 59 strikeouts. While his record is 1-5, it should not take away from the potential Mesa has for his future. Along with a chance to win the First Team All-Foothill Conference Honors.
The men’s tennis team finished off the year at 6-13 overall and 5-7 in their conference. They hit a slump late season with an eight-game skid, but finished off their last match with a 7-2 win against Imperial Valley.
COD qualified two players to head to the State Finals for singles and doubles matches, they are freshman Jakob Dvorken and freshman Dimitrije Vukovic. This happened after the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) Men’s Tennis Championship.
In the PCAC tournament, both Dvorken and Vukovic had solid performances, Dvorken advanced to the Round of 16 before losing to D.Villa Rosa (SDCity) 6-2, 6-1. For Vukovic, he made it to the Quarterfinals and then lost to M.Peyre (Grossmont) 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles both Dvorken and Vukovic made it to the Quarterfinals and was eliminated by Trhac and Le (Palomar) 6-1, 6-0.
Softball finished off their season at 4-25 overall and 2-14 in their conference. Despite four victories, the Roadrunners got a win against San Diego in their last home game and on COD Sophomore Day.
In a postgame interview conducted by Desert Athletics, sophomore center fielder Angelika Cabanyog was asked how was her Sophomore Day Overall? She responded with “It was awesome, it was good to go down with a W.”