The Cal State San Bernardino baseball team polished off local rival Cal Poly Pomona 6-0 on Friday at Scolinos Field. The playoff picture is starting to look quite nice for Coach Don Parnell’s Coyotes (20-12, 19-11).
Cal State has 10 CCAA games left and they will ALL be at home. And they’re all against teams under .500. So the Coyotes probably won’t just make the four-team field for the CCAA Tournament. They have a good shot at third and a decent shot at second place. They need to come out of the four hole so they don’t have to play San Diego in the first game.
Friday it was senior pitcher Brandon Cunniff with a masterful complete game shuout of the Broncos. He gave up just five hits, all of them singles. That performance could land him CCAA Pitcher of the week honors, an accolade teammate Daniel Stenavich earned last week.
The Coyotes are nice, fun bunch to watch. I’m particularly impressed with freshman leadoff hitter and centerfielder Ethan Chapman. He is a product of Upland Christian School. It’s hard to predict how players from such a small school are going to pan out on a bigger stage. They don’t play enough against quality competition.
Chapman has 10 homers, surprising pop from a small guy. He also had 14 doubles and never stops hustling.
The Coyotes will play a doubleheader against Cal Poly at Fiscalini Field on Saturday. The first pitch is set for 11 a.m. It’s a team well worth watching!