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Cerritos Routs Canyons, 14-3, to Win Community College Baseball Title

Times Staff Writer

Cerritos College scored five runs in the first inning Wednesday and went on to rout College of the Canyons, 14-3, in the championship game of the State Community College baseball tournament.

A crowd of 600 at Cal State Fullerton saw the Falcons (39-5) load the bases against losing pitcher Frank Halcovich with two out in the first. Quinn Mack followed with a single to left field, giving Cerritos a 2-0 lead. Halcovich (8-5) then hit Tony Trevino with a pitch to reload the bases for Ever Magallanes, who hit a slicing drive to left center for a three-run triple.

That was more than enough offense for Cerritos’ John Rodriguez, who pitched a six-hitter and improved his record to 8-1.

The win gave Cerritos its seventh State title and capped a near-perfect season for first-year Coach George Horton. Earlier, the Falcons had won the championship of the South Coast Conference by six games.

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Wednesday’s game had originally been scheduled Sunday at Fresno, but was rained out.


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