Luck can turn quickly, especially in baseball.
After winning three of four games by one run a week ago, Galveston College’s luck ran out over the weekend as the Whitecaps lost their last two games of the season to Blinn College, 4-3 and 3-2, at Brenham.
GC ended the season with four straight losses and six of their last eight games were decided by two runs or less. The Whitecaps finished the season with a 22-33 overall record and fifth place in the NJCAA DI Region 14 South Zone with a 10-25 mark.
“Those are tough losses to take,” said Whitecaps Head Baseball Coach, Kevin Lallmann. “Blinn College is a talented ball club and they are in first place for a reason. I’m proud of our team for going toe-to-toe with them and leaving it all out on the field. We played a lot of close and exciting games this season. Unfortunately, we came out on the short end of those close games more times than we would have liked. Half of our team will be returning next year so we can begin building on this season’s experience.”
In the first game of the doubleheader against Blinn on April 28, GC didn’t take advantage of a 3-1 third inning lead and allowed runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh to fall 4-3.
Whitecaps right-handed relief pitcher Cullen Flowers (2-1) gave up two home runs in 1.1 innings and took the loss. Buccaneers reliever Blane Zeplin allowed only one hit in 2.1 innings to claim the victory and improve to 3-3 on the season.
First baseman Alfonso Villalobos went 2-for-3, scored twice and knocked in a pair of runs, while shortstop Hector Rodriguez also went 2-for-3 with a run scored and third baseman Vincent Sanchez went 2-for-4.
In the closer, GC gave up a 2-0 lead when BC scored three unanswered runs in their half of the fourth inning. That was all the Bucs needed as their pitchers shut out the Whitecaps in the final five innings to win the season finales, 3-2.
GC righty Nathan Scott (1-3) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up three runs on five hits, while striking out five Bucs for the loss. BC’s Kaden Dydalweicz (5-0) worked four innings, struck out seven Whitecaps and gave up two runs on four hits for the victory. Bucs reliever Bryson Dudley pitched one inning and claimed the save.
Whitecaps shortstop Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the night cap, first baseman Villalobos went 1-for-1 with two walks and an RBI, third baseman Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Catcher Evan Aslaksen went 2-for-3.
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.