COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard baseball was dialed in offensively and defensively as it trounced La Sierra 6–1 and 5–1 in its nonconference doubleheader with the Golden Eagles. The Lions showed off a deep bench in the affair as nearly every eligible player on the roster saw the field.
"Today was a good day for our team," Taylor McKnight said. "Our pitchers really stepped up and we posted runs on offense to back them up. I think our awesome mustaches are really helping us to play well."
Richard Perry (SR, Fontana, CA) started the opener for The Pride, pitching six full innings to claim the second win of his senior campaign. He struck out three in the effort and allowed just one run. Aidan Sonksen (FR, Corona, CA), Cam Harold (JR, Hamilton, Ontario) and Roberto Johnson (FR, San Marcos, CA) each spent a frame on the mound and did not let another La Sierra run cross home plate.
Vanguard scored its runs in the first (3), second (2) and fifth (1) innings. Four players, Brandon Sandoval (FR, Fallbrook, CA), Thomas Mobley (SR, Anaheim, CA), Taylor McKnight (JR, Mission Viejo, CA) and Greg Younger (SR, Bakersfield, CA), posted two hits apiece in the opener. The Lions remaining knocks went to John Schwer (SR, Burbank, CA) and Justin Davis (JR, Los Angeles, CA). Schwer also registered a pair of RBIs in the victory.
Eddie Rivera (SR, Anaheim, CA) got the Lions started in the nightcap with three strikeouts in the top of the first and his team repaid the effort with a run in the bottom of the frame by way of a Mobley RBI single.
The Blue and Gold took the momentum into the second as three extra base hits saw Vanguard out front 4-1 early. Ian Sakry (SR, Long Beach, CA) and Younger got the Lions started with a pair of doubles, which Sandoval followed with an impressive two RBI triple to left. Justin Davis and Sakry recorded stolen bases in the frame for Vanguard.
Younger and Sandoval combined to pick up another run in the fourth off of a pair of singles. Younger hit one up the middle, and Sandoval registered his third RBI of the competition with his knock to right center.
Christian Sheehan (FR, Redondo Beach, CA) replaced Rivera in the sixth and followed Rivera's lead, holding the Golden Eagles' scoreless before handing the reins to Joseph Rice (FR, Temecula, CA) in the seventh.
Rice allowed an La Sierra run, but got the Lions out of the inning shortly after to end the game.
Rivera moves to 3-1 on the season. His dominant performance on the mound featured an incredible 10 strikeouts, no walks and just two hits.
Vanguard takes the weekend off and travels to Menlo College for a doubleheader on Tuesday at noon.