by Ryan Schuler
Freshman catcher Brian Lockey hits game-winning 3-run double in eighth inning
February 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)— On February 10, the count was three balls and two strikes. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the bases were loaded with two outs. With Grossmont College trailing Pasadena City College 8-6, freshman catcher Brian Lockey (Bonita Vista HS) dug into the batter’s box as he got ready for the pitch.
The next pitch ended up well over the centerfielder’s head. Lockey’s second double of the game cleared the bases, scoring three Griffins as Grossmont College took the lead and kept it, defeating the Pasadena City College Lancers, 9-8, in dramatic fashion.
“I guess I was just trying to find my pitch,” Lockey said. “I just wanted to find my pitch, drive it up the middle, and it worked out for me.”
Lockey finished the game 3-for-4 with a run, four RBIs and a stolen base as Grossmont College overcame deficits of 5-to-1 and 8-to-4.
“We’re fighters, no matter what,” Lockey said. “Even when we are down, we still battle. That’s how much of a team we are, coming back to win.”
Sophomore left-hander Anthony Vigil #32 (El Capitan HS) started for the Griffins, going five innings, and allowing nine hits and five earned runs. Freshman pitcher David Rhoden (Granite Hills HS) earned his first win of the young season for Grossmont College, going three innings and allowing three hits. Sophomore closer Aaron Ayon (Montgomery HS) earned his first save of the season.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher started for the visiting Lancers, going seven innings, while allowing nine hits, five earned runs, and three walks on his way to striking out six. Sophomore right-hander Brandon Spicer took the loss after allowing three hits and four earned runs in only one inning of work.
Freshman first baseman Matt Chavez paced the Lancers offensively, going 3-for-4 with five RBI’s.