Bear Cubs score 15 runs in sixth straight victory

Will Mathis, Assistant Sports Editor

The Santa Rosa Junior College men’s baseball team [7-1] defeated Los Medanos College 15-1 for their sixth straight win Feb. 13 at Cook Sypher Field.

The Bear Cubs have outscored their opponents 73-2 during the six-game win streak and are averaging over 12 runs per game.

“We’re making the most of our opportunities,” said designated hitter Matt Bone. “Especially with guys on base.”

Bone went 4-for-4 with an RBI and scored three times.

The Bear Cubs have scored at least nine runs in each of their last five games and have scored 14 or more runs four times.

“Everybody’s sort of connected right now,” said right fielder Jeff Bart. Bart went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. “We’re just clicking. Sticking with the process.”

The Bear Cubs’ pitching staff continues to impress. They have shutout their opponents four times during the six-game win streak, allowing just 23 hits and striking out 43.

“They’re [the Bear Cubs’ pitchers] awesome,” Bone said. “They’re throwing strikes and trusting the defense.”

Shortstop Jake Scheiner started the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning. During the win streak Scheiner has recorded a hit in every game, batting .435, with a home run, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.

“We have a good approach and everyone’s hitting the ball hard,” Scheiner said.

Later in the inning, third baseman George Foster came through with a two-out base hit to right field giving the Bear Cubs a 2-0 lead. Foster finished the game 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

First baseman Ryder Kuhns continued his hot stretch at the plate with a two-out, two RBI single in the bottom of the second to extend the lead to 4-0. Kuhns went 2-for-4 and over his last three games is hitting .636 with four RBIs, four runs scored and three walks.

Starting pitcher Ezio Bruchler walked the leadoff batter in each of the first three innings. He stranded runners on third in the first two innings, but was called for a balk in the third inning forcing in the Mustangs only run.

Bruchler allowed one hit in his five innings while walking and striking out four batters.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, a two-RBI double from Bart and two-RBI single from left fielder Mitch West increased the lead to 11-1.

The Bear Cubs face Contra Costa College at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 in Contra Costa.