The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team held off a late-inning surge by Angelina College to defeat the Roadrunners 9-7 before an energetic home-opening crowd on Feb. 5 at Bernard Davis Stadium.
“It’s always a good feeling to win the home opener,” said Whitecaps Head Baseball Coach, Kevin Lallman. “We played a good game and it was experience for the team, especially our relievers. Our guys worked their way out of some jams and we held them off to get the home-opening win.”
Starting pitcher Dravin Barber notched his first victory of the season after 3.1 innings of work, including three strikeouts.
Right fielder Jaden Camp went 2-for-4, scored a pair of runs and notched three RBIs, while shortstop Hector Rodriguez hit 2-for-3 and scored once with a pair of RBIs to help lead the home team to victory.
The Whitecaps (4-3) received additional run support from designated hitter Parker Airhart, who went 1-for-3, scored a run and collected two RBIs, and leadoff hitter Vincent Sanchez, 1-for-2, including a walk, and scored twice.
In the night cap, GC dropped a hard-fought pitching duel to Temple College, 3-2. Whitecaps pitcher Kameron Hardebeck (0-1) gave up two runs on three hits in three innings of relief work and was charged with the loss.
Left fielder Jeron Petterson and catcher Parker Airhart scored for GC to give the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead after the third inning. The Leopards came back with a pair of runs in the sixth and held off GC for a 3-2 win in seven innings.
Prior to the home opener, the Whitecaps swept two away games at Angelina College 3-1 and 7-3 on Feb. 3.
GC won one of three games on the road to open the season Jan. 27-28. After a heart-breaking 10-9 loss to Baton Rouge Community College in the season opener, the Whitecaps bounced back the next day to win 9-4. GC narrowly lost to Ranger College 4-3 to end the season-opening series.
The Whitecaps will continue their opening homestand and host Spartan Post Grad Academy at Bernard Davis Stadium on Feb. 7 at noon. GC will also host the Tournament of Champions Feb. 10-11. The Whitecaps will face Wabash Valley College on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. and Seminole State College at 4 p.m. GC closes out the competition on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. against Ranger College.
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.