Bear Cubs shutout Eagles for fourth straight victory

Will Mathis, Staff Writer

For the third time in four games the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s baseball team [5-1] shutout its opponent. The Bear Cubs defeated the Laney College Eagles 9-0 Feb. 9 at Cook Sypher Field.

Bear Cubs starting pitcher Matt Estes pitched six innings, allowed two hits and recorded his first six strikeouts of the season. He has not allowed a run in his first 12 innings pitched.

“Estes is pitching with so much more confidence,” said Bear Cubs assistant coach Tom Francois. “He attacks the strike zone and seems to have more command of his pitches.”

The Bear Cubs offense didn’t get going until Zach Hall hit a two out double in the bottom of the third inning. Two batters later Ryder Kuhns hit a single to left for his third RBI of the season, giving the Bear Cubs a 1-0 lead.

Later in the inning with the bases loaded Matt Bone hit a 2-0 pitch to the wall which cleared the bases and gave the Bear Cubs what felt like an insurmountable 4-0 lead.

“I stayed with my approach of going to the opposite field,” Bone said. “We work on that a lot in practice.” Bone is tied with Mitch West for the team lead with 7 RBIs.

Myles Andrews went 2-3 with a sac fly in the bottom of the seventh inning driving in his second RBI of the game and making the score 8-0.

Relievers Paris Selzer and Henry Burch pitched the final three innings for the Bear Cubs. They combined for three strikeouts and only allowed one batter to reach base via walk.

During the Bear Cubs win streak, they have impressively outscored opponents 43-1.

“We played to our level today,” Bone said. “We’re looking really good.”

The Bear Cubs take their win streak on the road to face Los Medanos College at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Los Medanos.