Game Coverage

City College baseball loses in close game
By | Sports Editor
March 2

City College snapped its four-game winning streak in a 7-5 loss against the Cabrillo College Seahawks Feb. 28 at Union Stadium.

The Panthers lost a three-run lead in the fifth and sixth innings, as the Seahawks scored six runs on eight hits. Branden Nunn took the bulk of the runs after he replaced starting pitcher Steven Talbert in the sixth inning. Talbert allowed two runs in the fifth.

“We had a meltdown, pitching-wise, where they scored a bunch of runs, and then we just couldn’t get that rally put together,” said City College head coach Derek Sullivan. “We had a decent amount of good at-bats, but we didn’t string enough of them together.”

The Panthers started the game out well, compiling four runs in the first four innings, but the lineup that Sullivan put together for the game couldn’t produce enough hits late in the game.

Among other lineup changes, Tyler Houlihan started the game at first base over Brandon Langan, rather than his normal third-base position; Alex Muzzi moved over to center field from left field, while Jacob Oliver started at left.

The reason for the lineup change, according to Sullivan, was because certain guys have been struggling lately,…» Read More



City College baseball shuts out Santa Rosa
By | Staff Writer
March 1

The Panthers allowed no runs in their 1-0 victory against the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs Feb. 26 in a Big 8 Conference preseason matchup.

In a game not short on effort, both teams struggled to get runs scored. The first three innings went scoreless, but the turning point came in the fourth inning for the Panthers. Kyle Blakeman scored the lone run of the game after Boston Romero doubled down the right field line.

“It’s just another game, but every win is big,” said City College head coach Derek Sullivan. “When you are talking about a program that is attempting to put ourselves in position to win a state championship every year, you got to win close games, you got to beat good opponents, and Santa Rosa is always good.”

After pitching 4 2/3 shut out innings, sophomore Zach Smart was pulled for left-handed pitcher Travis Magness, which proved to be a great change by Sullivan.

“Rarely do we have a set game plan,” said Sullivan. “We made the move that we thought gave us the best chance to win and take advantage of some match ups with the left hander pitcher coming out of the bullpen.”

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City College hosts Pete Giachetti Invite
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 25

More than 250 athletes from seven contending Northern California junior college track teams took to Hughes Stadium Feb. 21 for the Pete Giachetti Invite.

Both men’s and women’s track teams competed in various track and field events including the 100-meter, the 400 relay, shot put and discus.

The Panthers had several top 10 finishes in several events and even had 10 top three finishes. Sophomore thrower Lovina Akauola had a big day with two first-place finishes in shot put and discus.

Top City College finishes:

Men’s 200m Dash:

Devante Munoz – 6th

Men’s 400m Dash:

Jauve Johnson – 3rd

David Mewborn – 4th

Daniel Mewborn – 7th

Cedric Quartey – 9th

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City College softball sweeps double-header
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 22

Panthers’ softball swept the Reedley College Tigers in a double header Feb. 19 in its home opener at City College.

In the first game of the double header, the Panthers won handedly 10-1 on a run-rule in the fifth inning. Freshman pitcher Morgan Welch got the start, threw seven strikeouts and pitched four shutout innings — the Tigers scored one run in the fifth inning.

“I think when [Reedley] finally got a hit in the last inning, it was probably a little exhaustive for [Welch],” said Panthers’ head coach Tim Kiernan. “But she did a good job. There were a few too many walks, and we’ll have to cut that down. Other than that it was good.”

The first two runs came in the second inning on one of the more exciting plays of the game. Panthers’ first baseman Vronica Idrogo hit a two-run single that brought home pinch runner Hannah Trabucco and second baseman Kailey Olcott. On Olcott’s score, she collided with Tigers’ catcher Stephanie Cantu at the plate and would have been called out. However, Cantu dropped the ball during the collision, which allowed Olcott to score.

The Panthers went on to score two more runs in the…» Read More



Panthers’ baseball completes comeback, wins Game 2
By | Staff Writer
Feb. 22

City College won Game 2 of a three-game series 4-2 against the Butte College Roadrunners Feb. 20 at Union Stadium.

The top of the first didn’t start well for City College. Third baseman Drake Atlee made a fielding error and allowed the Roadrunner’s Evan Sinclair to reach first. The Roadrunner’s second at-bat led to a double to left center, followed by a walk to first. Then, a sacrifice fly to center field brought in Sinclair for an unearned run, putting the Roadrunners in the lead 1-0.

The bottom of the first ended quickly after all three at-bats led to back-to-back outs.

Neither team scored in the second, and the inning ended quickly.

The Roadrunners batted in another run in the top of the third, pushing the score 2-0.

City College’s first at-bat in the bottom of the third sent catcher Austin Spainhour to first base after being hit by the pitcher. Spainhour advanced to second and again to third after second baseman Nolan Ryan and centerfielder Alex Muzzi both grounded out. First baseman Tyler Houlihan then singled to third base on a bunt and brought in Spainhour for a run, putting City College on the board at 2-1.

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City College baseball splits 2-game series with Cañada College
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Feb. 16

Feb. 13: City College baseball steals another win

Jessie Rooker | Staff Writer | JessicaRooker91@gmail.com

The City College Panthers won the first of a two-game series 3-2 against the Cañada College Colts Feb. 13 at Union Stadium.

The game got off to an exciting start when Cañada’s center fielder Randy Ventura homered to right field in the top of the first inning.

City College quickly rallied in the bottom of the inning after center fielder Alex Muzzi’s first at-bat ended with a walk, an advance to second on a wild pitch, a quick steal to third and eventually a run, assisted by first baseman Brandon Langan’s sacrifice fly ball to center field.

In the first at-bat of the second inning, Cañada’s Dom Giuliani doubled on a line drive to left field. Giuliani advanced to third after right fielder Greg Bildhauer grounded out to third. First baseman Sean Walsh singled to center field, bringing in Giuliani for a run.

The Panthers failed to score any runs in the bottom of the second, ending the inning with a 2-1 score.

The bottom of the third inning started with second baseman Anthony Fellman singling up the middle. Fellman came in to score after a Tyler Houlihan double…» Read More



Men's and women's basketball lose to Diablo Valley College
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Feb. 14

Loss puts damper on Panthers’ Sophomore Night

The City College men’s basketball team lost its third consecutive Big 8 Conference game Feb. 12 to the Diablo Valley College Vikings, 77-62.

It was Sophomore Night for the Panthers, and the game opened up with a touching tribute to the team’s four sophomores — Oleg Yemchuk, Derek Rhodes, Adam Ciszewski and Michael Wiggins — who were playing their last home game at City College.

“Our sophomores have been great, and that’s all we could ask of them,” said Panthers’ assistant coach James Carelock. “They play hard every day, and they’re trying to be good role models to our freshmen and show them the way.”

It was a tale of two halves for the Panthers. They came out with energy and played aggressively to start the game. Their shots dropped often, they had good ball movement, and they didn’t turn the ball over much.

Despite the game being close at halftime — Vikings led 35-33 — the Panthers lacked the energy and aggressiveness they had in the first half and were outscored 20-7 in the first eight minutes of the second.

“We started out real strong,” said Carelock, “but we just came out…» Read More



Men's and women's basketball lose to Santa Rosa
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 12

The City College men’s basketball team lost its ninth Big 8 Conference game of the season Feb. 10 to the defending state champions Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs, 76-59.

Much like other games this season, the Panthers kept the game close in the first half — going into the locker room down 39-34 — but couldn’t keep up with the Bear Cubs offensive onslaught in the second.

“We were only good for a half,” said City College head coach Andrew Jones. “We just stopped learning how to make baskets in the second half.”

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City College baseball loses series 2-1
By | Sports Editor
Feb. 11

 

Feb. 9: Panthers can’t hold on, lose in 9th inning

City College lost to the Chabot College Gladiators 7-6 in the final game of a three-game series Feb. 9 at Union Stadium.

With two outs, two runners in scoring position and the game tied 6-6, Panthers’ closing pitcher Brandon Nunn threw a wild pitch. The pitch got away from catcher Austin Spainhour and allowed Gladiators’ Brett Binning to score the go-ahead run.

“We made some mistakes in some poor times,” said City College head coach Derek Sullivan. “We didn’t respond well to taking a big lead early — not a big lead, but a lead — and we basically gave it right back.”

The Gladiators got on the board first in the first inning after Zack Crittenden scored on fielding error by Panthers left fielder Alex Muzzi.

The Panthers didn’t take long to strike back and scored in the bottom half of the inning. While third baseman Tyler Houlihan got in a pickle when he attempted to steal second base, Muzzi stole home and tied the game.

In the second inning, the Panthers scored four runs on three hits to take an early 5-1 lead. The first run came…» Read More



Panthers split two-game series with Fresno City College
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Feb. 8

City College dropped a 10-inning thriller Jan. 31 to the Fresno City Rams 10-7 in the second game of a two-game series.

Despite the momentum City College had from a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings, Fresno responded with three runs of its own in the top of the 10th.

“It was more lack of communication,” said Coach Derek Sullivan. “You don’t want it to happen, but you expect it. We have a decent amount of freshmen, guys new to the program. We use these as learning experiences. On Monday, we’ll go back to work on all that stuff.”

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