The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
College of San Mateo catcher Dylan Isquirdo is absolutely on fire.
The baseball Bulldogs won their second straight game Saturday with a 15-5 victory at Sierra. With the win, CSM (5-4) now claims the best overall record in the Coast Golden Gate Conference.
Isquirdo reached base six times in the game, going 5 for 5 with a walk while falling a home run short of the cycle. The sophomore started his career day with a second-inning single. He added a two-run double in the third. After drawing a walk in the fifth, he singled in the sixth, tripled in the seventh and singled again in the ninth.
With the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association’s Northern California Player of the Week to be announced Tuesday, it will be tough to overlook Isquirdo. For the week of Feb. 8-14, Isquirdo had multi-hit performances in each of CSM’s games, including a 2-for-4 day in last Tuesday’s 8-2 loss to San Joaquin Delta and a 3-for-4 day with two doubles and two RBIs in last Thursday’s 8-2 win over Marin.
Over the three-game span, Isquirdo went 10 for 13 to up his season batting average to .400, ranking tops among CSM hitters averaging over 2.1 at-bats per game on the young season.
CSM outfielder Draco Roberts is batting .462 in limited action and went large in his first start in over a week Saturday. The sophomore tabbed a 4-for-5 day with two RBIs and four runs scored.
The Bulldogs actually fell behind 4-0 in the second inning to Sierra (3-5) but bounced back with crooked numbers in the following four frames. Sophomore left-hander Devin Mahoney entered as a reliever in the second inning and went six strong innings to earn the win, improving his record to 2-0.