The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
In a non-conference preview of two possible playoff teams, a slew of mound miscues caused College of San Mateo to fall at Cabrillo 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday.
The Bulldogs (11-5 overall) trailed twice in the game, but continued to claw their way back. In the bottom of the 10th though, an errant pickoff throw proved costly as the Seahawks (10-8) scored the walk-off win.
The CSM bullpen has proven sturdy this season, with Brady Navarro, Drew Revino and Mark Quinby shouldering much of the relief load. But after four Bulldogs relievers combined to post five scoreless innings, Navarro entered in the 10th to take his first loss of the year by virtue of an unearned run.
Navarro opened the inning by retiring former Sequoia infielder Zane Gelphman. But after Nick Ciandro produced a one-out single, the freshman moved all the way around to third on an errant pickoff throw. CSM turned to closer Mark Quinby, but sophomore Zane Greenberg delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to win it.
All of Carbillo’s runs were a result of pitchers’ mistakes. With a runner on third and two outs in the first, CSM starting pitcher Tommy Watanabe balked home Clayton Andrews for the Seahawks’ first run.
Then, after CSM tied it in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Brad Degnan, Cabrillo answered back in the bottom of the inning. Tony Stanich sparked the rally with a leadoff single. Stanich then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Jordan Peabody.
Watanabe departed after four innings. CSM relievers Ondrej Sebek, Daniel Slominski, Andreas Papageorge and Reveno then combined for four scoreless frames as CSM battled back to tie it in the sixth.
Freshman first baseman RJ Prince singled with one out and advanced to second on a groundout. Then Anders Green delivered a two-out RBI single, tying the game at 2-2.
The Bulldogs were held to just one hit over the final four innings, and totaled just five hits on the day.
Cleanup hitter Brad Degnan paced CSM going 2 for 4 with an RBI. The sophomore slugger out of Woodside is batting .333 with a team-best 16 RBIs.
Peabody paced all hitters, going 3 for 4 with an RBI for Cabrillo while his teammates Andrews and Ciandro added two hits each.
Saturday’s game was the final non-conference tune-up before Coast Golden Gate Conference play opens Tuesday. The Bulldogs travel to Mission College at 2 p.m. for the first of a two-game set. The series concludes Thursday with CSM hosting Mission at 2 p.m.