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The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

SRJC Baseball dominates on all fronts in win over Cosumnes River

Nick Vides
Bear Cubs outfielder Alex Leopard, middle, is greeted with cheers in the dugout after being knocked in by first baseman Josh Martin against Cosumnes River College on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 in Santa Rosa.

The Santa Rosa Junior College baseball team dominated on all fronts in a 15-3 win over Cosumnes River College at home on Tuesday.

Jordan Giacomini started on the mound for the Bear Cubs and went 3 ⅓ innings with two runs, three hits and four walks allowed. 

The Bear Cubs bats wasted no time, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by first baseman Josh Martin and third baseman Dalen Tinsley. 

The Bear Cubs took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third when three scored on two walks, a hit, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. 

After three innings with three walks but no damage, Giacomini got into trouble in the fourth, allowing a two-run double that nearly scored a third if not for a relay that saw second baseman Keenan Morris gun a runner out at home. 

Luke Schat took over for Giacomini and struck out two to get out of the inning, with the Bear Cubs leading 5-2.

Martin increased the lead to 6-2 by hitting a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game. The bottom of the fourth rally was killed when Jake McCoy was called out on a controversial batter’s interference.

Catcher Cameron Duran tags Cosumnes River first baseman Ben Pernetti out at home plate in the top of the fourth inning at Santa Rosa’s Cook Sypher Field, March 26, 2024. (Yna Bollock)

After a quiet fifth inning, Martin drove in yet another run, this time on a double for his third RBI. The Bear Cubs led 7-2 after the sixth.

Cosumnes River cut the lead to 7-3 on an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

The Bear Cubs answered back and then some, increasing the lead to 11-3 on a two-run single by center fielder Alex Leopard, yet another RBI single by Martin, and a sacrifice fly by Tinsley. 

The onslaught continued in the bottom of the eighth when shortstop Aidan Lombardi drove in a run on an opposite-field single before Leopard added insult to injury with a no-doubt three-run shot to give SRJC a 15-3 lead. 

Leopard took over on the mound to close out the ninth and got three quick outs to seal the win for the Bear Cubs. 

In six plate appearances, Leopard reached base all six times with three hits including the home run, two walks and a hit-by-pitch as part of a five-RBI day.

“I’m just trying to get the next guy up,” said Leopard. “I just try not to think about the things I can’t control, and get a good pitch and hit it hard.”

Martin finished with three hits, a walk and four RBI. Schat pitched 4 ⅔ strong with six strikeouts and one run allowed.

The Bear Cubs registered 15 hits with six walks and five hit batters, as well as several clutch sacrifice flies and bunts.

“We’ve been working like crazy on hitting and it’s paying dividends,” said assistant coach Tom Francois. “We’ve had good situational hitting.”

SRJC will look to keep up the hot hitting in game two of the three-game series on the road against Cosumnes River on Thursday. 


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Oliver Kindt
Oliver Kindt, Reporter
Oliver Kindt (he/him) is a journalism major in his second semester at SRJC and first at The Oak Leaf. He is an aspiring sports writer who will be covering primarily baseball and softball this spring.
Yna Bollock
Yna Bollock, Reporter
Yna Bollock is in her first semester with the Oak Leaf. She has been working on prerequisites for the last two semesters and is elated to begin major specific requirements for the journalism program, specifically photojournalism. Prior to pursuing a photojournalism degree, she graduated from SRJC’s culinary program in 2013. In 2020, following a layoff from the hospitality industry, Yna graduated from the CNA program in June in an effort to stay gainfully employed throughout the pandemic. Now in 2024, she is on track to graduate with a bachelor’s of arts in photojournalism.
Nick Vides
Nick Vides, Photo-Editor
Nicholas “Nick” Vides (he/him) Is a seasoned breaking news reporter dedicated to making sure every shutter click of his camera captures a moment worth sharing. Nick's itch for chasing fires has kept him busy over the past seven years, covering every major fire event in Northern California from the Paradise Fire to the Caldor Fire. Nick currently splits his time as a photojournalist with The Oak Leaf and as a Contract Photographer with The Press Democrat. He has more than nine years of experience with photography, has been director of photography for multiple short films with the SRJC Media Arts Center, directed numerous student-led broadcasts with his Media 19 class, and interned for The Sarah and Vinnie Show on Alice 97.3. In the little free time left, he works for Highway 12 Winery in Sonoma, California as a Cellar Hand.  

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