Gaucho baseball starts season with highs and lows

The Glendale Gauchos baseball team got their first win of the season against Grand Canyon University’s Club Team on Friday Feb. 6. This win came after two straight losses in their first series of the season against Yavapai Feb 2.

The Gauchos dominated the entire ballgame with the offense averaging at least one run scored every inning. Garret Skillings managed to walk away with a double with Orlando Machado, Chase Thompson and Austin Brakebill each managing a triple. Jesus Azuaje lead RBI’s for GCC with three.

The team also managed their first homeruns of the season against the Lopes with Riley Donahue and Tyler Vanderham both sending their hits out of Gaucho field.  This helped improve the Gauchos to one win and two losses for the beginning of the season

After the win, the Gauchos aimed to carry the momentum into their match against Arizona Christian JV on Feb 6. The Firestorm struck first in the top of the first inning scoring two, but the Gauchos managed to cut it to within one after Austin Brakebill scored off an error in the bottom of the first. Arizona Christian managed to maintain a lead the rest of the game and defeated the Gauchos 7-4.  Chase Thompson recorded a double and Riley Donahue an RBI for the GCC offense.

In their first match of their series against Colorado North Western Feb. 8, the Gaucho offense showed once again what they’re capable of. They recorded their first run in the bottom of the third inning with Mason Kruger scoring off a sacrifice fly from Garret Skillings to tie the game at 1-1.

Colorado North Western managed to take the lead by one run during the top of the fourth, but during the bottom of the fourth, the Gauchos managed to pull away with the lead.

GCC scored two off a double by Cooper Gray. Baserunners Riley Donahue and Chase Thompson scored to make it 3-1 GCC. Cooper Gray managed to steal third base and scored off an error during a bunt from Mason Krueger to make the score 4-1 in favor of GCC.

Mason Krueger soon scored off a single from Jesus Azuaje. Later, Austin Brakebill and Garrett Skillings managed to score off a double from Sean Wagner. The Gaucho offense had a total of eight hits and six runs by the end fourth inning. They headed into the top of the fifth with a 7-2 lead.

The inning signaled a comeback from Colorado North Western. After scoring two in the fifth inning, Colorado managed to score four more during the sixth and one more during the seventh-inning stretch to take the lead over the Gauchos once again and make the score 9-7.

The Gauchos headed into the ninth and final inning against Colorado, who now lead 11-7, looking for a comeback of their own after Sean Wagner scored off a single from Chase Thompson. But it wasn’t enough as the Gauchos lost to Colorado North Western11-8.

In their second match against Colorado North Western Feb. 10, GCC once again met the same fate this time losing by a score of 16-3.  Sean Wagner managed a double with Jonah Hurst, Cameron Shanks, and Dakota Solis each recording an RBI for GCC.

Gaucho baseball is struggling in their first matches of the season. But with their current 1-5 record, they are still showing a great determination in offense.

“I think our goal as the season progresses is to make consistent mental and physical improvement in both practices and games.” Coach David Grant said. “We also want to be able to learn to perform more competitively and understand the relationship between quality practice and quality game performance” Coach Grant added.

 “On the negative side, based on our first 6 games, we need to significantly improve our pitchers’ ability to throw more strikes.  We have walked a very high number of hitters early in the season which has made it very difficult to win games” Coach Grant said.

Coach Grant also noted the positives he has seen in the Gauchos. “Good work ethic, good teamwork, and a willingness to work hard at their mental preparation for games and practices”

The Gauchos play their home matches on the southwest corner of campus on Gaucho field. Parking is also available along 63rd Avenue. Admittance is free and open for all who are looking to support GCC baseball.



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