Bear Cubs baseball beats Mendocino 13-3


Attila Laszlo

Bear Cubs catcher Cole Brodnansky sits in position at home plate, ready for the game to resume play.

Attila LS Gero, Staff Writer

The Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs baseball team exploded for 13 runs Friday, beating the Mendocino College Eagles 13-3 at Cook Sypher Field.

In the top of the first inning, Mendocino threatened with a runner on first and less than two outs. Catcher Cole Brodnansky and Ryan Calderon made eye contact and proceeded to throw the go-to slider.

“As soon as the guy stepped in the box with a 3-2 count, I knew we were going slider,” Calderon said.

Calderon threw 86 total pitches over 6 and two-thirds innings. He accounted for three strikeouts, allowing only four hits in total.

On the first pitch in the bottom of the third inning, center fielder Daniel Teasley hit a double that split between the left and center fielders. Two walks, two wild pitches later and the score was 3-1.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, back-to-back wild pitches allowed

Cole Brodnansky to slide into third and eventually score.

A controversial call ended the bottom of the seventh inning for the Bear Cubs with a runner at second base. First baseman Joe Canepa faced a 1-2 pitch count when the ball sailed over home plate and Canepa was called out. A slight twitch from Canepa’s bat was the reason he was called for a strike. This drew the vocal ire of head coach Damon Neidlinger, as well as Canepa.

“I just didn’t think I swung on it,” Canepa said. “I don’t think the home plate umpire should have made that call.”

Despite that questionable ruling from the umpire, Canepa had a solid game for the Bear Cubs. He drove in the first run of the day with an RBI double deep to right field that rolled on the ground until it stopped at the fence in the first inning.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, left fielder Ben Sanderson hit a single to deep right field that got behind the centerfielder, which gave the green light for Joe Bynum and Cole Brodnansky to score, padding the lead to 12-2.

In back-to-back games, the Bear Cubs have outscored their opponents 23-8 and combined for 21 hits, while the pitching has allowed only 13 total hits.