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Baseball stay grounded in loss to Gavilan

Baseball stay grounded in loss to Gavilan

The following article originally appeared on April 17th, 2019, in the Register Pajaronian and can be read HERE.

APTOS -- It was like Deja vu all over again, and again, for Cabrillo College as it opened another three-game series with a loss for the fourth consecutive time this season.


The Seahawks slid further into darkness, falling at home on Tuesday to Gavilan College, 11-5, in Coast Conference Pacific play.


The loss was as deviating to the Seahawks' (18-15, 6-7) playoff hopes as it was motivating to a Gavilan (8-26, 2-15) team that had previously won just a single conference game this season.


"We are kind of playing the spoiler role," said Rams coach Neal Andrade. "This is our last series of the season, so we are looking to grind it out and get a couple more W's."


Every win the Rams earn is another nail in the coffin for the Seahawks as they continue to watch their playoff hopes slip away.


After starting the season 16-10, Cabrillo has stumbled to a 2-5 record since the beginning of April. 


Now the Seahawks find themselves in 5th place in the Coast Conference Pacific, edging ever closer to falling out of contention completely.


"We are playing the worst baseball in the state right now," said Cabrillo head coach Bob Kittle. "We have to play better baseball before we can even talk about (playoffs). Because that (loss) just ate up all our wiggle room."


Heading into the top of the third inning, the Seahawks held a commanding five-run advantage. But, they allowed four runs to cross home plate by the time they registered the third out. 


It felt like the bleeding kept getting worse from there for the Seahawks pitching staff, giving up the go-ahead runs in the fourth.


The Seahawks pitchers have surrendered 47 runs over the past four games. In contrast, the hitters failed to contribute in Tuesday's loss by stranding 12 teammates on the bases.


"Look, if we play like that we shouldn't be in the playoffs," Kittle said.


The Seahawks will attempt to apply a tourniquet to stem the bleeding Thursday when they travel to Gilroy for what is shaping up to be a pivotal second game against Gavilan. 


"We just have to play perfect," said Cabrillo sophomore outfielder Jake Keaschall. "We need to tighten things up. It really lies on the players."


Keaschall said the coaching staff has done its job of getting the players ready for the games, but nobody but the players themselves can improve during the final two weeks of the season.


"We are all going to play who we are," said Keaschall. "We just have to focus on the present and take it one game at a time."


First pitch is scheduled for 2:30.