MISSION VIEJO, CA-
On the campus of Saddleback College at Doug Fritz Field it was the 12-3 Saddleback Bobcats vs the 12-7 Fullerton Hornets to open up Orange Empire Conference Play.
With Arthur Liu taking the mound for the Bobcats throwing 5 scoreless innings on 8 strikeouts and 2 hits but also allowed 3 walks. On the other side for the Hornets, it was Deven Beasley, who allowed 7 hits on 8 runs, 7 of them being earned, while striking out 2 in 2 and 2/3 innings.
Saddleback didn’t waste too much time before getting things going as they put up a huge 6 run 2nd inning with JP Heft got things started in a big way with a Double helping set up Zach Schwartzberg who got a sacrifice ground out but was able to get in Ben Castelli.
Michael Davinni would keep things going with a big birthday double for his 21st scoring 2 Bobcats would go up 4-0, Bobcats would finish the inning with 2 more runs off 2 errors from the Hornets.
Headed into the 3rd, Liu would get out of the inning for Saddleback with bases loaded. Saddleback would continue to help out their pitcher in the bottom half as Davinni once again would come with a 2 RBI Single putting Saddleback up 8-0.
Fullerton would finally try to start getting things going as Jared Benash would get a 2 RBI single in the top of the 6th.
Michael Davinni would continue to have a day at the plate on his birthday and get his 2nd double of the game scoring JC Allen.
Fullerton would end up getting 1 more run in the top of the 8th but Blake Butcher and the Bobcats would close it out in the 9th to open conference and the series in a 9-3 win.
Saddleback and Fullerton are back at it in Game 2 of the series at Fullerton College at 1pm on Thursday