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Skyline baseball blanked in season debut; Cañada is now 3-0
February 04, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Skyline Baseball dropped its season opener Monday with a 7-0 loss at Laney College.

The Trojans managed just four hits, getting no-hit from the fourth inning on, as Laney starting pitcher Keith Britton earned the win in his first collegiate appearance. Britton worked seven shutout innings, allowing four hits while striking out two against one walk. The right-hander retired the last 11 batters he faced until giving way to the Laney bullpen.

Skyline sophomore Bryan Hidalgo took the hard-luck loss. The right-hander worked four innings, allowing four runs though only one run was earned. He allowed three hits while striking out two against one walk, one balk, and one wild pitch. The Trojans defense committed five errors in the game, all of which led to run-scoring innings for the Eagles.

Things were looking promising for the Trojans early as they loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. However, sophomore Dabian Canales hit a one-out seed at Laney shortstop Samuel Nieves to start a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. Skyline would see just one other base runner reach scoring position in the game.

Laney had two batters reach base a total of eight times in the game. Keenan Britton reached in all four plate appearances, despite going 0 for 3. Blanson also reached in all four plate appearances while going 2 for 3.

Skyline freshman center fielder Michael Franco had a notable debut for the Trojans, going 2 for 4 while reaching on bunt singles in each of his first two at bats, including a picturesque bunt single on the first pitch of his collegiate career in the first inning. Freshman leadoff hitter Nobu Suzuki was 1 for 3 with a walk in his debut, and was robbed of a hit in the fifth on a tremendous diving play by Laney shortstop Nieves on a smash up the middle.

The game was rescheduled for Monday after being rained out on Super Bowl Sunday.

Skyline opens its 2014 home schedule Tuesday with a 2 p.m. first pitch against Cosumnes River. Sophomore transfer Daniel Madigan is tabbed to make his Skyline debut as the game’s scheduled starter.

Cañada off to 3-0 start

Last season, Cañada center fielder Maurice Fuller enjoyed a solid freshman year as the Colts’ leadoff hitter, notching a .282 batting average with 29 hits.

Through Cañada’s first three games this season, Fuller is nearly a quarter of the way to reaching his 2013 hits total. The sophomore opened the season with back-to-back multi-hit games and is 7 for 11 on the year to lead the Colts to a 3-0 start through three games against Contra Costa. According to Cañada manager Tony Lucca, it is the best start to a season of his managerial career.

The Colts swept a doubleheader Saturday, taking the opener 5-4 before waltzing to an 8-1 win in the seven-inning nightcap. In Friday’s season opener, Fuller went 4 for 5 as Cañada banged out 13 hits in an 8-1 win.

“We’re aggressive at the plate which is something that is nice to see,” Lucca said. “We’re maybe a little too aggressive right now. We’re trying to hit every single ball out of the ballpark.… Chalk it up to opening-weekend jitters. We’re just a little bit too amped.”

Lucca praised Fuller’s defense in center field, however the rest of the Colts defense has struggled. Cañada has committed 10 errors on the season thus far, including six in Saturday’s doubleheader opener.

Fuller is one of three Coast Conference players tied for second in Northern California with seven hits.

Next up for the Colts is a Friday matchup with Chabot at Cañada, in what Lucca said will be “a good test.”



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