April 11, 2017 > Gladiators smash five homers against Vikings
Gladiators smash five homers against Vikings
Submitted By Phil Jensen
The Chabot College baseball team showed on March 30 why it is one of the top home-run hitting teams in the state. The Gladiators pounded five home runs, including three consecutive blows in the eighth inning, in a 9-7 win over West Valley in the Coast Conference-Golden Gate Division.
ÒThe ball traveled today,Ó said ChabotÕs Steven Nice, who slammed two home runs and was 4 for 4 with three RBI. ÒI tried to use the middle (of the field).Ó The wind was blowing out to left-center field, and the Gladiators took advantage of that for its first three runs of the game.
Nick Hermes led off the bottom of the second inning with a shot over the left-center field fence. Four batters later, Nice smashed a two-run shot in nearly the same location. An RBI single by Francisco Pedraza gave Chabot a 4-0 lead in the third inning, but West Valley responded with seven runs in the next three innings to grab the gameÕs momentum. In the eighth inning, however, everything came together offensively for Chabot, which extended its winning big streak to four games. Pedraza opened the bottom of the eighth with a single, then Adam Hollar ripped a pitch off the left-field fence for a standup double. Justin Mitchell proceeded to slam a 3-2 pitch over the fence in deep center field to tie the score.
But that was just the start of ChabotÕs home runs that inning. On the very next pitch, Nice slugged a homer over the left field fence. Four pitches later, Hunter Harris slammed a solo home run for a 9-7 Chabot lead. Chabot relief pitcher Marcus DuBois finished off the game by setting down the Vikings in order in the ninth inning. Besides Nice, other Gladiators with multiple hits Thursday included Pedraza (2 for 4, run, RBI), Hollar (2 for 4, 2 runs) and Harris (2 for 3, run, RBI).