By Ryan Kuhn
Sometimes teams just need to return to the basics.
After giving up 71 runs and committing 14 errors in their previous five games, City College snapped their losing streak, defeating DeAnza College 9-6.
On the heels of losing his last two starts, Tomas Sanchez pitched five innings — giving up only three runs — to get his first win of the season.
The Rams got off to the early start as freshmen Jeff Tanaka and Cody Silveria hit back-to-back singles to drive in two runs. Later in the inning, Anton Luchtel added another RBI to put City College ahead 4-0.
Silveria finished 1-4 with two RBIs.
For every DeAnza offensive surge, the Rams had an answer, gaining some distance between the two teams on an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez.
Head coach John Vandocini said he was pleased with the victory, but he knows his team can improve and needs to stay confident.
With two more runs in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly and double, the Rams extended their lead back to four.
Although relief pitcher Aaron Hartman gave up a run, he retired the final batter on a fly out in the ninth inning. He pitched the last four innings and sat down seven of the last nine batters in a row to save the game.
The next game for City College will be March 10 when they travel to Gilroy, Calif. to face Gavilan College. First pitch will be at 2 p.m.