SRJC baseball team falls to Cypress 7-1 in CCCAA tournament opener


A tough week continued Friday for the Santa Rosa JC baseball team as the Bear Cubs lost to Cypress, 7-1, in an opening round game of the CCCAA State Tournament in Fresno.

Santa Rosa plays Feather River at 10 this morning in an elimination game.

The loss to Cypress comes three days after head coach Damon Neidlinger suffered a head injury. Neidlinger was hit in the left side of his face by a ball during a hitting drill. X-rays showed hairline fractures between his eye and ear.

Neidlinger received permission from his doctor to accompany the team to Fresno, and even went to the mound Friday to make a pitching change.

The game was tied 1-1 after four innings. Cypress then scored two runs in the fifth and added four in the sixth.

Stephen Kane, the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, pitched all nine innings for the Chargers. Bryan Webster took the loss.

“Both teams had 11 hits,” Santa Rosa assistant coach Tom Francois said. “The difference was that Cypress strung hits together and we didn’t.”

Stephen McElroy, who played his high school ball for Petaluma, was the Bear Cubs’ leading hitter. He went 3-for-3 with a double and a triple.

Santa Rosa’s record is now 33-8-1 while Cypress improved to 30-14.

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