San Bernardino, Calif. - On a beautiful January afternoon, in Southern California, the Golden Eagles baseball team opened their 2014 campaign by hosting Bethesda University. Even though the doubleheader was played off campus, they were considered home games for La Sierra. The two games were played at San Manuel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels Class-A affiliate, Inland Empire 66ers. The Golden Eagles lost Game1 by a final of 3-2, and Game 2 by a final of 6-1.
Game 1 started out as a pitcher's duel, through the first three innings. In the top half of the fourth inning, the Flames broke through with the first run of the game. They held the 1-0 lead until the seventh inning, when they tacked on two more runs, for a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Cole Chaisson and Jake Magness hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the lead to 3-2. After a scoreless eighth inning, the Golden Eagles were able to get the tying run on third base, but were unable to cash the run in, with the game ending on a strikeout.
Pitcher Juan Gil (1-0) picked up the win, pitching 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned), on three hits with four strikeouts and a base on balls.
Logan Duran (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Golden Eagles, as he pitched five innings and gave up just one run on three hits, two strikeouts and two walks.
First baseman Antonio Lopez and centerfielder Brian Gurgin collected the other two hits for the Golden Eagles in the Game 1 loss.
In Game 2 was a seven-inning contest, and the Flames wasted no time, as they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, stringing together four hits, including a double that scored two of the three first-inning runs.
Finding themselves playing catch-up once again, the Golden Eagles cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom half of the third inning, when Cole Chaisson picked up his second RBI of the day, scoring Antonio Lopez.
But that would be as close as the Golden Eagles would get, as Bethesda answered with a run in each of the next three innings, eventually going on to win 6-1.
The Flames finished with nine hits in Game 2, to the Golden Eagles three hits. Daniel Rendon and Jake Magness picked up the other two hits for La Sierra.
Drew Hammond (1-0) pitched six innings, giving up three hits and one earned run, for the victory. Hammond collected six strikeouts along the way and gave up no walks.
Scott Makorow (0-1) was charged with the loss in Game 2. Makorow allowed four earned runs on seven hits, with one strikeout and two walks.
The Golden Eagles (0-2) will try again tomorrow as they travel to Vanguard University for a single game, starting at 12pm.