CR men take two of three from Mendo on opening weekend

The College of the Redwoods baseball team wrapped up a season-opening weekend series against Mendocino with a 7-5 win at Bomber Field on Saturday afternoon.

After dropping the series opener, 3-0 on Friday, the CR men responded to win two straight games, including a 3-0 win in game two on Friday.

Coming into the season, head coach Andrew Aiello talked about his team trying to do the little things right and he was happy with the overall performance over the past two days, although he says there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“In all three areas, there is definitely a lot of work that still needs to be done,” he said. “But (the pitchers) did a good job overall. Offensively we’ve got to do a better job with our two-out hitting, and defensively we played pretty well for opening weekend.”

Grant Lasserre got the win on the mound in relief on Saturday, coming in in the fourth and going the rest of the way.

“He did a good job of throwing strikes and trusting his defense,” Aiello said.

At the plate, Evan Stauch had a home run and Bryant Gadison had a triple, while teammate Taylor Steig hit a pair of doubles.

On Friday, the Corsairs had two strong pitching performances.

Shadd Jones pitched five strong innings in relief in the loss, shutting down the Mendo bats late in the game.

Chandler Jones also had a good day on the mound and pitched five shutout innings for the win in game two, before Ray Fellows took over and got the save with two scoreless innings.

Next up, the Corsairs will host Siskiyous in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday with first pitch set for noon.

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