March 25, 2017
by Kaivon Kealoha
Over the weekend, Taft and Merced went head to head for the third and final time of the season. Cougar starter, Chase Nistor threw an impressive 7.2 innings. Nistor allowed 8 hits, 3 runs, on 3 strikeouts and just 2 walks and kept the Cougars in a 1 run game through 7. Seth Sorensen came out of the bullpen to get the last out of the 8th.
The Cougars managed just one run on 6 hits. Richard Ortiz grinded out a long at-bat, and with much of the at-bat being a two strike battle, Ortiz took a 3-2 fastball and roped it back up the middle to drive in Jayce Gardner. Dominic Tating was the only Cougar with a multi-hit performance. He went 2-for-4.
Taft College will travel to Cerro Coso on Tuesday, March 28 to open up a 3 game series. Taft is now 10-13-1 overall, and 4-4 in conference while Cero Coso is 12-13 overall, and 4-7 in conference.