Cabrillo Seahawks one swoop away from sweeping Skyline


Kevin Perez

Ryan Kammuller skips a ball in the infield for a ground out against Cabrillo College on April 12, 2016.

Skyline College lost 5-0 against Cabrillo on Tues. April 12, 2016 at home.

Joe Gaela was the starting pitcher for Skyline. The game did not start off explosive from either team, but really started to heat up during the top of the third inning when Cabrillo’s Clayton Andrews made a base hit, stole second and third base, and made it home, putting them on the board.

By the fifth inning, Zane Gelphman of Cabrillo College hit a double, which set off the tone for the rest of the inning. Gaela wound up hitting a Cabrillo player with a pitch which resulted in a walk, putting another player on base. When Cabrillo finished the inning, the score went from 1-0 to 3-0.

During the bottom of the seventh, Skyline College’s Armando Fajardo made the first base hit of the game for his team. Ryan Kammuller hit a ground ball, making it to first base. Fajardo makde it to second base, but was tagged out when trying to steal third. He left the field visibly upset and angry.

“It was a bad decision by me,” Fajardo said. “That’s why I was upset with myself, because we need those runs.”

This did not discourage the crowd, though, as one man in the stands continued to cheer Skyline on, yelling chants of support and calling players out by name.

With one Cabrillo player already on base, Gelphman stole the show with a home run, making the score 5-0.

When Cabrillo got strike number three in the ninth, and it was the final at bat for Skyline, Skyline started to really get pumped up, cheering each other on with support.

In the end, they fell short and the final score remained 5-0.

“Definitely pitch better, get more guys out, nothing much you can do about it now,” Gaela said, when asked what he wished he could’ve done differently. “Learn from our mistakes and win the next one.”

“It was a very good game,” head coach Dino Nomicos said. “ Two very good pitchers pitching, that’s the way baseball goes. I didn’t think we came ready to play today, we were a little flat . . . I didn’t see the excitement in the guys so that’s something we got to work on on Thursday. They’re one of the better teams in the conference and they came to play and we didn’t.”

Skyline College is scheduled to play Cabrillo College again on April 29 at 2:30 p.m.