Just because school was out last week doesn’t mean that there weren’t some Bruins representing Salt Lake Community College well. The baseball and softball teams were both busy in action as they each continued their hot play. Here’s a rundown of the action on the diamond since you’ve been gone:
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Facing Colorado Northwestern Community College on our first weekend of freedom, the Bruin offense was rather free as well, knocking off the Spartans 8-0 and 15-1 over two contests in Rangely, Colorado.
In game one, Tanner Banks and Aaron Robbs combined to toss the prettiest of gems, a combined no-hitter, as SLCC ran away with the victory. The Manning tandem each went 2-2 with a home run a piece. Scott Manning had three RBI‘s while Mitch Manning had two.
In the nightcap, Kyle Bilbrey and Braden Anderson each had three RBIs, while Mitch Manning connected on another dinger. Ruddy Acosta was solid on the mound to ensure the Bruin win, allowing just one run while racking up seven strikeouts.
In the opening contest on day two, it was Josh Mooney’s time to shine on the mound, as he gave up just one hit while fanning 10 batters. Anderson took one deep, and Sean Moysh went 2-4 as the Bruins won, 8-0.
In the final contest of the weekend, Jordan Hager gave up just two hits while striking out six Spartans. Bilbrey, Dom Taylor, and Cory Raymond had two hits each as SLCC cruised, 7-0. After the four games in Colorado, Salt Lake’s winning streak was an astounding 20 games.
That streak would become 22 as Dawson College visited Salt Lake on Tuesday for a quick doubleheader. SLCC produced yet another shutout in game one, 9-0. Despite giving up 4 runs in game two, the Bruins still won, 8-4.
To open the day, Raymond touched ’em all for the first time this season, while Taylor and Scott Manning each went 3-4 with 5 RBI‘s combined. Eric Carter tossed the shutout for Salt Lake.
Despite finding themselves down early, the Bruins charged back in game two, as Anderson and Kennedy Kinkade knocked in 5 Bruin plateholders. Ryan Evans brought relief on the mound, picking up the victory in 2.2 innings of work.
The National Junior College Athletic Association’s weekly poll came out a day later, and the Bruins found themselves ranked 3rd in the country thanks to their huge streak.
College of Southern Idaho
Unfortunately for Salt Lake, the old adage that all good things must come to an end came true as SLCC’s all-sport nemesis, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), came to Utah last weekend. The Bruins eked out two wins on Friday and won their first game on Saturday before relinquishing the lead in the second game.
13th ranked CSI was arguably the toughest competition that the Bruins had faced in quite some time, but Salt Lake won game one on Friday, 5-4, behind a solid outing from Adam Gunn. Mitch Manning and Sean Moysh anchored the offense with two hits apiece.
Game two was a tight one, going nine innings before SLCC pulled out the victory, 3-2. Tyson Memmott threw six innings of scoreless baseball, and Tanner Banks picked up the save, his second of the day. Cory Raymond and Kennedy Kinkade produced the offense in the pitcher’s duel with one RBI each.
In Saturday’s opening match, Braden Anderson led the Salt Lake charge, driving in three. Kyle Bilbrey and Tyson Popoff both contributed two hits, and Matt Turner picked up the win as the Bruins won their 25th consecutive game, 8-5.
The end of the streak came in the afternoon as SLCC surrendered a big lead in defeat. With Salt Lake ahead 7-2, the Golden Eagles put up 11 runs in the final innings to take the game and snap the winning streak. Braden Anderson continued his hot hitting, driving in two more runs. Kyle Bilbrey matched him in the RBI department. Josh Mooney was charged with the loss. The Bruins now hold a 26-2 record.
While students were finishing their last day of classes before spring break, the Lady Bruins were busy crossing the plate en route to a combined score of 17-0 over two games against Snow College in their home spring debut in Taylorsville.
Ariel Zimmerman went the distance striking out seven in game one, while Savannah Webster and Kylee Bufton combined for three homers in a 8-0 victory.
In game two, SLCC had seven extra-base hits to propel them to victory. Krystin Jachim lived up to her name, belting a three-run jack as Salt Lake won 9-0. Madi White and Brooke Budge also joined the home run party.
The Badgers finally scored a day later, but the result was the same, as SLCC took two more from Snow. Zimmerman was dominant on the mound again in game one, and started a six-run 5th inning at the plate with a two-run double. The inning saw the Lady Bruins bat around the entire order. SLCC won 7-1.
The offensive pop continued in game two, as SLCC collected 13 hits. Jachim had 3 RBI’s while Webster and White had two each as Salt Lake won, 9-3.
Colorado Northwestern Community College
If fans thought the offense produced against Snow, nothing compared to the output against CNCC last weekend, as the Lady Bruins averaged 17 runs per game over four contests.
In game one, five balls hit the stands and Madi White was perfect at the plate as SLCC cruised, 21-1. The offense took a little rest in game two, racking up “just” six runs. Krystin Jachim hit two more homers, and Kylee Colvin was solid on the mound in the win.
On Saturday, the 5th ranked Lady Bruins put up 41 runs on 51 hits in two more dominating performances. Zimmerman did it on both ends of the battery again, hitting two home runs while tossing yet another gem as SLCC took game one, 24-0 (No, that is not a typo). Starlee Hutchings took three Spartan pitches deep and Dezlee Roberts hit two.
To finish the onslaught, SLCC won 17-2 to sweep CNCC. Jachim and Savannah Webster each went deep while White was perfect at the plate again with a home run of her own. Colvin picked up another victory on the mound. The Lady Bruins boast a 30-6 record after the break.