BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
After falling victim to crucial errors during a 1-3 start in the Coyote Border Battle, the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes rebounded nicely over the weekend in the CSN Coyote Classic.
The Coyotes won all four of their games in the tournament, getting several outstanding pitching performances in the process. Here’s a rundown of the games.
CSN 8, South Mountain 2
In their first tournament outing, the Coyotes knocked of South Mountain 8-2 behind solid hitting at the top of the order and dominant pitching.
After picking up his first victory as a Coyote against his former Yavapai College team a week earlier, starting pitcher Blair Goldsack was back to dealing again with a five inning gem.
The overpowering sophomore allowed just three hits while allowing two runs and striking out four.
In relief efforts, sophomore Wes Grass would go on to pitch two strong innings, striking out four during two hitless innings while freshman pitcher Logan Hold allowed no runs over his two innings of work with three strikeouts.
Coyotes freshman second baseman Tyler Brown and sophomore shortstop Hunter Lucas provided the offensive firepower.
Brown went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI’s while Lucas finished just 1-of-4 but provided an RBI.
Sophomore Alika McGuire would also provide a highlight moment with a home run.
CSN 8, Northeastern 7
The Coyotes rallied from a 7-5 deficit to pull out the victory.
In his second outing of the season, the Coyotes preseason ace Tyler Condie struggled, allowing four runs on his six hits in just three innings of work. The Kansas signee also walked five.
After freshman relief pitcher Brett Bovee allowed three runs over 2 2/3 innings, Miami transfer Jace Herrera earned his first victory of the season after pitching 2 1/3 shutout innings.
Brown drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning while freshman shortstop Brady Cain added two RBI’s. Freshman third baseman Brandon Pletsch had his best outing as a Coyote with a 3-for-4 performance, two runs scored and an RBI.
CSN 9, Gateway 1
The Coyotes got a gem out of freshman starting pitcher David Kuzma who allowed just three hits and one run while striking out four over six innings.
Offensively, shortstop Lucas Hunter had a pair of RBI’s off of a 2-for-4 performance while Brown went 3-for-3 with a run scored.
CSN 8, Paradise Valley 0
Freshman starter DJ Myers who pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out two.
Freshman relief pitcher Anthony Martine finished up with 1 2/3 hitless innings.
Outfielder Grant Heyman and Brown each drove in two runs to lead the offense.
PHOTO OF DAVID KUZMA BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI