Joyce pitches Vaqueros to second straight win

Pat Cavalier went 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks and two RBIs on Thursday and Chris Joyce tossed the second straight complete game for SBCC’s baseball team as the Vaqueros defeated El Camino 7-4 in Torrance.Cody Giordano was 3-5 with two stolen bases and Shay Maltese went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. The Vaqueros (6-8) overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to post back-to-back wins for the first time this year.

Joyce, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, gave up six hits and four runs but only one earned. He struck out eight and walked one. On Tuesday, Kylin Turnbull pitched a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in a 4-0 home win over El Camino.

SBCC scored two in the fourth and three in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.

Leading 5-4 in the ninth, Giordano singled and, following a sacrifice, Joey Epperson walked. The Vaqueros pulled off a double steal and Cavalier, a freshman from San Marcos, brought in both runs with a two-out double down the right-field line.

“We did a great job at the plate with two outs,” said coach Ryan Thompson. “We had 17 two-out plate appearances that produced six hits, one walk and five RBIs. That was the difference in the game.”

Dan Howell also had two hits for the Vaqueros, who will open WSC North play on Tuesday at Moorpark.

SBCC …………. 000 203 002 — 7 10 3

El Camino ..…. 300 001 000 — 4   6 2

Joyce and White; Vopinek, Patterson (7) and Flores. W–Joyce 2-0. L–Vopinek.

2B–SB: Maltese, Cavalier. EC: Cooper, Vopinek.



  1. Raiderfan says

    Chris Joyce? I thought he was playing for UCSB or the Foresters or some college team in Arizona.