Baseball team loses to Mission

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     Despite two hits and runs batted in by Trojans shortstop Jermy Acey, Skyline was defeated by Mission College 6-2 March 18.
     Both starting pitchers Bryan Zahn and Brandon Belardes had control problems early in the game. Zahn threw his first and third pitches to the backstop walking Saints lead off hitter Antwan Capla who later scored on an error by third basemen Justin Doherty. Counterpart Belardes also threw a few balls to the backstop.
     “Early in the game I was trying to overthrow,” said Mission starting pitcher Belardes. “As the game went on I got my control focused more and kept the ball down.”
     With Skyline 10-12 (2-7) trailing 2-0 heading into the fifth inning, Belardes was pitching a no-hitter through five and 2/3 innings, when Trojan lead off hitter Will Vogl got on a base with a walk and brought up Acey. Acey hit a screaming line drive to right center field to score Vogl, and Acey wound up with a triple cutting the deficit to 2-1.
     “I took my pitch and I was looking for the fast ball outside,” Acey said. He had been throwing to me all day and I just got lucky with it.”
     The score would remain 2-1 until the seventh inning where the Saints 12-10 (5-4) scored three runs in the inning. Two of those runs came against Zahn, was one of which was earned. Zahn pitched six innings giving up five runs on five hits, three strikeouts and four walks. Replacing Zahn was Adam Hartman who scattered a few hits but no damage in the seventh inning. The Saints would lead 5-1.
     One of the troubles thus far for the Trojans were the errors. During the game Skyline had four errors which cost them a few runs.
     The loss by the Trojans sets them back three games behind Mission for second place in the Coast Conference North Division. As of March 18 the Trojans would like to win two out three games each week to get back in the race for first place.
     Skyline beats Cabrillo
     In a game that was rescheduled from March 15 to March 17 due to a damp field, Skyline defeated Cabrillo 7-4 winning pitcher for the pitcher was John Kimbal who improved his record to 2-0.