by Kaivon Kealoha
The Taft College Baseball team secured their first conference win at home against West Hills College. Coalinga. Nine runs were scored for the Cougars on 13 hits, two of them doubles.
Will Moore, Matt Rogers, and Caleb Newman combined to throw the first 7 innings, sparing 5 runs on 7 hits. Alfred Souza pitched 1.2 innings out of the bullpen to set up Shane Kotz who collected the final out in the ninth and earned the save.
Fabian Gutierrez got 3 hits in 5 at bats with 2 RBI's to lead the way offensively. Luke Lubiniecki scored 3 times out of the leadoff spot with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Kotz, Richard Ortiz, and Robby Brewster all collected 2 hits and 2 RBI's apiece.
The Cougars will look to win game 2 of the 3 game set against West Hills College in Coalinga on Thursday March 3.