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Community College Baseball : Hamelin Hits Two Home Runs to Lift Rancho Santiago, 17-7

Bobby Hamelin hit two home runs and had five RBIs to lead Rancho Santiago College to a 17-7 victory over Citrus in an Orange Empire Conference baseball game Tuesday at Rancho Santiago.

Hamelin has hit 9 home runs in the last 8 games and has a state record of 26 home runs this season. He also has a state-record 92 RBIs this season. Hamelin was 3 for 6 with 5 RBIs Tuesday.

He has set the Rancho Santiago career record for home runs and RBIs in only one season.

Hamelin hit a two-run home run in the first inning and a three-run home run in the seventh inning. He is hitting .521 (73 for 134) and has scored 73 runs in 39 games.

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Kriag Washington was 4 for 6, Ed Luna was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs, Mike Gonzales was 3 for 5, Danny Ontiveros was 2 for 4 and Rich Gonzales was 2 for 5 for Rancho Santiago, which had 21 hits. David Tellers (10-1) pitched eight innings for the victory giving up seven runs, three earned.

Rancho Santiago (33-6, 15-3) leads Cypress by a game with two left in the conference. The teams plays Thursday at Rancho Santiago.

In other Orange Empire Conference games:

Cypress 6, Orange Coast 2--Reliever Rich Lodding got out of a jam in the seventh inning to earn the save for host Cypress (31-8, 14-4). Starter Jeff Patterson allowed one run through six innings but OCC loaded bases with no one out in the seventh and Lodding replaced Patterson with Cypress leading, 3-1. He got the first hitter to pop up to second, then allowed a run on a fielder’s choice for the second out. Lodding then got Derek Dehdashtian, who is batting .425 with a team-leading 18 home runs, to ground to third for the final out.

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Cypress scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Tim Churchill and a two-run single by Kevin Clancy. Patterson (6-2) got the victory and Sam Colarusso (4-5) took the loss.

In the South Coast Conference:

Golden West 13, Cerritos 3--Tom Thobe (9-2) threw a two-hitter but had seven walks for visiting Golden West (24-12, 12-6). Jon Martin had five hits, James Buccheri three and Tom Smythe two including his fourth home run for Golden West, which had 19 hits. Buccheri also had a stolen base to raise his Orange County record to 44. Jimmy Griego (12-3), who pitched a two-hitter against Fullerton in his last start, took the loss for Cerritos (29-11, 13-6).

Mt. San Antonio 8, Fullerton 7--Glenn Raasch had a two-out RBI double in the ninth for host Mt. San Antonio (27-11, 13-5). Raasch’s double scored Junior Pro, who had opened the inning with an infield single. Emmitt Cohick and Scott Einhorn hit solo home runs for Fullerton (27-11-1, 10-8), which had its fourth consecutive loss. Cohick had four hits, Phil Diplock three and Einhorn two for Fullerton. Brad Hopper started for Fullerton but was replaced in the fourth by Alan Newman (1-2), who took the loss.

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