Baseball continues to struggle in final series of the season

Marissa Marshall,
Staff Writer

The California State East Bay baseball team fell to Stanislaus State 1-3 in their final series of the season.

“We just did not play our kind of baseball for a full game,” senior outfielder Marcus Wise said. “We would either start the game well and not finish, or we would start slow and finish strong. In our conference you can’t do that and win consistently.”

Stanislaus, who is 34-16 overall, 23-15 conference and ranked second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association North Division, came ready to play in the first game last Thursday and handed the Pioneers their 5th loss in a row and their 9th in the last 12 games.

The Warriors started the game on top when they scored 3 runs in the first inning. Senior infielder Gino Franceschetti hit a triple to center field, sending senior infielder Nick Ippolito home, then capitalized off of a throwing error by the Pioneers to put Stanislaus up 2-0. Stanislaus scored again shortly after.

East Bay bit back in the bottom of the second when junior infielder Colt Parshall hit a strong single to left field and sent two of his teammates to home plate, putting the score within 1 point.

That was the only run the Pioneers scored for the rest of the game, but the Warriors managed to put two more on the board, including a home run by Franceschetti to solidify the 5-2 win.

East Bay broke their losing streak in their second game of the 4-game series on Friday.

“They scored early, but we did not let it put us in a hole,” junior utility Dallas Dey said. The Warriors put two runs in the board, as they scored in the first and second inning, but the Pioneers managed to strike back.

Dey singled to shortstop in the 3rd inning, sending senior outfielder Kris Bartlett to home plate. The Pioneers scored another run moments after when they took advantage of a Stanislaus error.

Neither team scored in the 4th or 5th inning, but in the bottom of the 6th the Pioneers made noise scoring 4 runs, which was initiated when senior outfielder Daniel Goodrich reached on a fielder’s choice to shortstop and senior infielder Michael Thomas scored an unearned run.

Sophomore catcher Matt Cantelme then helped East Bay add 3 more runs to their score. The sophomore doubled down the infield line and sent two runners home, then he scored on a wild pitch moments later.

That inning alone helped the Pioneers earn the 6-5 win, despite the 3 runs Stanislaus scored in the 3 innings that preceded after.

The Pioneers played their final two games of the series on Saturday, where they also honored their 12 seniors in between the two games. The wins amongst this senior class alone total up to 58 over the past two years.

Wise, a 4-year starter, has been with East Bay’s program the longest, and has played 166 games with 114 career runs, which is the 4th in school history. He is ranked 10th with 152 career hits.

“I enjoyed the four years here at East Bay with all of the accomplishments I have achieved with the team and individually,” Wise said. “I watched this program grow every year and I was able to be part of a record-setting team last year. Playing here has definitely made me a better player because I was able to learn from some great coaches and players as well.”

Wise will leave the program as the all-time leader in stolen bases with 77, 25 of which occurred in this season alone.

East Bay had an unfortunate senior day and end to the season on May 6, as they lost both their final games.

In the first game, they only managed to score 1 run, which was scored in the first inning by Goodrich. After that moment, Stanislaus took complete control of the game putting up 10 runs on the board, winning the game 10-1 and taking a 2-1 lead in the series.

“We weren’t consistent. That is what it comes down to,” Wise said. “They were able to execute, so it became difficult to impose our game plan.”

In the final contest, the game was much slower and less runs were produced. Despite that, the 3 runs the Warriors scored in the top of 5th inning was enough to take ahold of the Pioneers 1 run.

East Bay finished the regular season 25-24 overall and 16-21 in conference play, ranked 5th in CCAA North Division and 8th overall. Their piston in the rankings, unfortunately, concludes the Pioneers season as whole, and have disabled them from competing in the CCAA tournament.