Bulldogs shutdown by California-Whittier to end home stand

Martinez Tribune

The Bulldog baseball team got the tables turned on them on Tuesday afternoon, as they dropped a 1-0 game to California-Whittier.

Less than a week after walking off, and being able to live with the fact that the hitting has been sparse at home so far this season, the Bulldogs need help.

They had four hits on the game, but none of them came with a runner on base, let alone in scoring position. After a lead off error allowed Tyler Peters to reach two pitches into the ball game, he was erased after a failed bunt and run attempt.

Seniors Zach Elliott and Josh Abraham had the other two hits.

Agonizingly enough, Abraham’s hit came in the bottom of the first as well. Had Peters not been caught stealing, he could’ve moon-walked home on Abraham’s slicing double down the right-field line.

And once again the tough luck loser would be junior pitcher Jordyn Eglite. Once again victimized by a lack of help from his offense, the tall righty only allowed a single hit in his five plus innings of work.

Eglite struck out seven and his only base runners before the single in the top of the sixth that knocked him out of the game were a pair of walks and a pair of hit batters.

It looks as if the Bulldogs need a re-tooling. The experiment hitting Peters in the lead off spot seems to have gone flat. The first baseman had three at bats on Tuesday, and all three came with no runners on base. The same player who drove in a team-leading 20 RBIs last season hasn’t had much of a chance to do damage so far this season. And neither have most of his teammates so far.

Only Abraham is hitting at a consistent clip from the three-hole in the lineup. He however was forced to hit with two outs three times on the afternoon.

The visitors from Southern California have run riot so far in their Spring Break trip up North. They’ve played three games in four days and won all three. Their final game of their trip was a game against Diablo Foothill Athletic League foes Campolindo, which was played after Tribune deadline.

You’ll forgive the Condors if they can’t finish the road trip at 4-0, especially in their third game in consecutive days.

They didn’t knock the cover off the ball to beat the Bulldogs, in fact they only managed a single hit. However that hit came around to score.

Sophomore reliever Cole Gifford’s first hitter laid down a routine bunt, but fellow sophomore Trent Greene failed to cover the bag. Rather than hold on to the ball Gifford tried to lead Greene to the base with the throw. The result: the ball rolled down the right-field line and allowed the lead runner to score.

Gifford settled down following the error, only allowing a single hit in his two innings of work out of the pen, but he too was the victim of a slumping offense.

The Bulldogs will hope that getting away from Knowles Field can solve their woes at the plate on March 26 in a make up game against Benicia on the road.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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