Puma Baseball, the #3 seed in the NJCAA Region I DII playoffs, headed in to the best of three series facing #2 Glendale having gone 0-4 against the Gauchos in the regular season. Facing GCC on their home field, and playing to advance to the finals, the Pumas put on their game faces and took care of business. Dropping the first game to GCC on Thursday, it was do or die for the Pumas on Friday. In a high scoring, mega hit affair, the Pumas took the victory on Friday and forced the "if" game on Saturday. Despite a nail biter of a ninth inning, the Pumas secured the win on Saturday advancing to the Region I DII finals.
Game 1 | #3 PVCC vs. #2 Glendale | L, 5-0
The Pumas watched the game slip away early and could not recover in a 5-0 loss to GCC.
GCC put up two in the second and one each in the third, sixth and seventh in the victory over the Pumas.
Gage Johnson got the start for PV. He lasted six and two-thirds innings, allowing nine hits and five runs while striking out three. Justin Wallace threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Hunter Parks, Harrison Jones, Josh Bristyan, Frank Dickson, and Walker Boyd each collected one hit for the Pumas.
Game 2 | #3 PVCC vs. #2 Glendale | W, 11-7
Josh Bristyan gave GCC fits as he bagged five hits in the 11-7 Puma victory. Bristyan doubled in the first, singled in the second, doubled in the fifth, singled in the seventh, and singled in the ninth.
Both offenses were strong at the plate as the Pumas collected 19 hits and the Gauchos 15 in the high-scoring affair.
PV got things started in the first inning. Paxton Ketchum lined out, scoring one run. The Pumas notched four runs in the second inning. Singles by Frank Dickson, Hunter Parks, and Bristyan drove the big inning.
Blake Flint led the Pumas to victory on the pitcher's mound. He lasted seven innings, allowing 11 hits and four runs while striking out six and walking zero. Ryan Jimerson, Gage O'Brien, and Travis Bailey all put in work in relief, steering the team towards victory. O'Brien recorded the last two outs to earn the save for PV.
The Pumas tallied 19 hits on the day. Bristyan, Daniel Partida, Walker Boyd, Dickson, Jake Halland, Parks, and Ketchum each collected multiple hits. Bristyan led the squad going 5-6 on the day.
Game 3 | #3 PVCC vs. #2 Glendale | W, 5-2
Pumas Baseball was victorious over Glendale securing their spot in the Region I DII Finals next weekend.
The Pumas fired up the offense in the second inning when Jake Halland's sac fly scored one run.
Haiden Hendricks led the PV to victory on the mound. He lasted eight and a third innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out nine and walking one. Pedro Astacio threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Astacio recorded the last two outs to earn the save for PV.
The Pumas tallied nine hits on the day. Walker Boyd, Halland, Josh Bristyan, and Paxton Ketchum each managed two hits to lead the squad. The Pumas did not commit a single error in the field.
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