Baseball Long Beach City College

LBCC Baseball, Softball’s Run Ends in Super Regional

Two great seasons for the LBCC Spring diamond sports ended in the State Super Regionals last weekend, a few wins shy of the State Tournament.

The LBCC baseball team (30-15) won the first game of the Super Regional at Cerritos College, easily taking down Riverside 9-2 in a game that featured a lot of big plays for the Vikings. LBCC had 14 hits in the win, capitalizing on some Riverside errors for a six-run fourth inning.

“We’ve been up in the playoffs, we didn’t finish the regular season too great but the energy’s up, the focus is up, we can hit and that showed up today,” said LBCC coach Casey Crook. 

Dylan Proost and Thomas Adair combined for a solid game on the mound, yielding just one earned run. Adair pitched the final three innings and gave up just one hit.

Offensively, the Vikings got multi-hit efforts from Xander McLaurin (3H, 2 RBI), Caleb Brandon (2H, 3R), Luke Davis (2H), Olin Snakenbourg (2H, 4RBI), and Ryan Geck (2H, 2RBI). 

“Our strength this year has been our offense, but we’ve got a couple of starting pitchers and a bullpen that are pitching really well in the postseason, so it’s starting to come together,” said Crook.

After defeating Riverside, the Vikings moved on to the Super Regional Final, where they played a best-of-three with host and State No. 1 Cerritos. The Falcons defeated the Vikings 10-6 and 7-4 in the two games to end LBCC’s season. Cerritos will host Saddleback this weekend in the State Tournament.

The LBCC softball team (32-12) had a great season as well but saw it come to an end in last weekend’s Super Regionals, dropping a pair of games at Palomar. The Vikings lost a 1-0 heartbreaker on Friday, on a walkoff bottom-seventh single into centerfield. Bayleigh Frye pitched a complete game yielding just six hits and the one earned run.

After that game the Vikings fell 5-1 on Saturday to end their season.

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.