Men’s Baseball secures first conference wins of the season
By Cameron Gwinn
It has been a long road to victory for the Ocelots since winning their first games during their trip to Florida in March. After splitting games with Macomb Community College on April 19, the Ocelots found a way to steal two victories against host Mott Community College on April 22. With these two wins, the Ocelots improved to 6-19 overall and 3-9 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). The end of the season continues to inch closer and the Ocelots know every game is a big game when it comes to the standings.
“Winning both games was very important” said Ocelots Head Coach Rob Fay. “We (the coaching staff) have stressed to the players that we need to stay focused and play for twenty-one outs. Friday we were able to do it both games even coming behind from such a large deficit.”
The first game was a well-deserved victory for the Ocelots. Although the team got off to a slow start, the Ocelots were able to bring it together with help from right hand relief pitcher Drew Garrison. Entering the fourth inning Garrison got off to a slow start, but regained his composure and pitched 1 ⅔ innings.
Despite Garrison only having two strikeouts he had an idea of how he wanted the game to go. “I was trying to pitch to contact to get easy ground ball outs.” said Garrison. Garrison’s plan worked as he only allowed 3 hits and halted the Bears bats.
Down 11-3 in the fifth inning, the Ocelots had some catching up to do. Two runs away from being mercied with two Mott runners in scoring position, centerfielder Jared Merandi made a diving catch to end the inning and end the scoring threat.
Going into the sixth inning the Ocelots started to chip away at Mott’s lead.
“We strung together a few walks and some singles” said Garrison, “We were able to capitalize on some errors to gain the momentum.” The game completely shifted for the Ocelots with a final score of 18-13.
The second game of the double header was far more competitive than the first. In the seventh inning there was a shift in favor of the Ocelots with help from the bats of Jordan Pressley and Hunter Sellers, both having two RBI’s. Daniel Ammons bat was also alive. With a score of 8-7 Ammons knew a few runs could help.
“I knew we needed some insurance runs and the bases were loaded with one out, so I was really thinking about just hitting a deep fly ball to score at least a run,” said Ammons. Ammons was able to do more than that though, “I got up in the count and saw a fastball on the outside part of the plate and drove it into the right centerfield gap not even realizing I had cleared the bases.” From there the Ocelots were able to hold off Mott with a final score of 13-7.
For more information scores and game schedules go to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association website at MCCAA.org.