On a chilly afternoon with a mixture of sun, fog and clouds, the Skyline College Baseball team defeated the DeAnza College Dons by a score of 3-1 to advance in the California Community College Athletic Association Baseball Playoffs. The game was tense affair and wasn’t decided until after a thirty minute delay in the ninth inning for a rule clarification.
Skyline College was paced defensively with an outstanding pitching effort by sophomore Aldo Severson. Severson, an Aragon High School product, pitched eight and two-thirds innings allowing just one run, while scattering six hits and striking out eight. Freshman Matt Seubert, a Carlmont High School product, got the save, his fourth of the season, by throwing just one pitch to record the last out of the ball game.
Offensively, Skyline College received contributions from Seubert with two hits and a run batted in and from sophomores Phil Caufield (Burlingame High School) and Ismael Orozco (Riordan High School) who chipped in with a run batted in each. The Trojans jumped ahead in the third inning on a Mike Franco (Burlingame High School) double and a Caulfield single. DeAnza tied the game in the top of the fourth inning but Skyline College answered in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Suebert single and an Orozco run scoring double. In the eighth inning, the Trojans added a critical insurance run on a Caufield single and a Suebert triple.
With the win, the Trojans will travel this weekend to Fresno to play the second seeded Fresno City College Rams in a best of three series. The first game will take place on Friday, May 1 with the first pitch scheduled at 2 p.m. The second, and potential third game, will take place on Saturday, May 2 with the first game starting at 11 a.m.
Article by Anthony Brunicardi | Photo by Kevin Corsiglia