It happens in baseball, and any other team sport for that matter. When you score as many runs as the Galveston College Whitecaps have in a series of games, the powder in your ammo is bound to run dry.
That’s what happened to the Whitecaps in their visit to Coastal Bend on March 4, 2023 when they lost a pair of games to the Cougars, 3-1 and 5-3, and dropped to 14-12 overall on the season and 2-5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Region 14 conference.
“Both teams pitched a pair of good games and they were able to hold us to four runs in two games,” said Whitecaps Head Baseball Coach, Kevin Lallmann. “That was the difference. Our pitching staff did a good job in keeping the games close, but their bats were a little bit quicker than ours on that given day. We’ll continue to work out the kinks in practice and be ready for our upcoming games.”
Prior to Saturday’s doubleheader against the Cougars, the Whitecaps had outscored their opponents 32-1 in three games.
In the first game on Saturday, Coastal Bend broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run third inning to take a 3-1 lead, which they didn’t give up and accounted for all the scoring in the game.
Whitecaps starting right-handed pitcher Nate Campbell (2-1) struck out seven Cougars and gave up three runs in four innings, while fellow righty Ethan Brister fanned four and gave up only one hit in two innings of relief. Cougars starter Preston Allen (3-3) claimed the win for the home team.
GC designated hitter Evan Aslasken hit a homerun for the Whitecaps lone score in the opening game.
In the night cap, GC righty Wyatt Wick was rattled for four runs in the first inning and although they didn’t give up, the Whitecaps couldn’t completely recover from the early deficit.
GC picked away at Coastal Bend’s lead by scoring single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to come within 4-3. However, the Cougars added an insurance run in the fifth and held on to defeat the visiting Whitecaps 5-3.
Righthander Dravin Barber kept GC within striking distance with three innings of one-hit relief, while striking out half a dozen batters. Wick (1-2) fanned five, but gave up all five runs in five innings of work and was tagged with the loss. Cougars starter Cobe Reeves (3-3) went the distance for the home team and struck out 10 Whitecaps in nine innings.
On offense, Whitecaps third baseman Alfonso Villalobos went 3-for-3 and scored two runs, while shortstop Hector Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
GC is back home this week with a single game against San Jacinto College-North today at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader on March 11 against the same SJC-North squad at 2 and 4:30 p.m. The Whitecaps will face South Suburban College on March 12 at 3 p.m. All home games are played at Bernard Davis Field.
For more information about the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball program, rosters and season schedule, visit https://www.gcwhitecaps.com/landing/index.
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Galveston College was founded in 1967 and is a comprehensive community college providing the residents of Galveston Island and the surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education and community service programs.