By Onyx Hunter
On April 20 the City College of San Francisco baseball team put on quite a show in its final home game of the season, earning a victory when reliever David Howard pitched out of a tough spot in the ninth inning, closing the book on the College of San Mateo Bulldogs.
The Rams took the lead with a run in the third inning, and stayed ahead through most of the game, scoring twice in the sixth and adding two more runs in the eighth.
But the Bulldogs wouldn’t go down without a fight.
Scoring one run in the sixth, San Mateo came out swinging in the top of the ninth, loading the bases and scoring three to imperil the Rams’ lead, now 5-4.
With two outs, two on base and two strikes the Bulldogs’ batter shot a low drive between first and second bases. Second baseman Angel Perez, playing between the bags, dove to his right, reaching as far as his arm could stretch and snagged the ball close to the ground, grinding his shoulder against the dirt as he fell, but securing the Rams’ win.
Rams starting pitcher Owen Gallegos showed particular prowess, tying a season high of eight strikeouts and zero walks, making a substantial contribution to the victory.