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Community College Baseball

OCC's reserves contribute and Carlson, Powell stay hot in home win over Long Beach.

February 10, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — Life is good for Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli. His Pirates improved to 6-0 Friday with an 8-2 nonconference home win against Long Beach and OCC is now 27-5 in February the last three seasons.

So embarrassing are Altobelli's riches, he can give most of his starters a day off without tendering a similar respite to opposing pitchers.

So it was that a lineup including only four regulars pounded out 12 hits to improve the Pirates' season batting average from .323 to .330.

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Of the 16 position players OCC has used in 2012, each one has at least one hit and all but two have driven in a run.

"I'm playing everybody, which is nice," Altobelli said after sweeping a three-game series from the Vikings (1-3), who OCC outscored, 24-5. "The second-string guys started today and they are not really second-string guys. They could start for any team and those guys came in and did a great job. I'm trying to win the game and still give everyone a chance to play, so I kind of like where we're at right now."

Center fielder Zach Nehrir (two), right fielder Andrew Bynum, and shortstop Manny Argomaniz came off the bench to contribute hits on Thursday. Nehrir added two RBIs, two stolen bases and one run.

Usual starters Chris Carlson, Boog Powell and Eilert Meyers combined for eight hits. Carlson, a sophomore left fielder, was three for five with a home run and four RBIs.

Powell, a freshman who came in batting .591, was three for five with two runs and a stolen base to actually raise his average to .593.

Meyers, a sophomore who has been sharing first base/designated hitter duties with Bryan Garza, played first and went two for four with one run scored.

Carlson, who led the team with 40 RBIs last season, now has nine RBIs this season more than double the quartet who have the second-most on the team (four). He is hitting .421 in 2012.

Powell's 16 hits this season are three more than the two next-most productive hitters on the team combined (eight for Carlson and five for Ben Agredano).

"Gosh, it's so fun watching him play," Carlson said of Powell, whose legs and glove got a rest as he was the designated hitter Friday. "He's an electric guy at the top of the lineup and he's always doing something on the basepaths. I'm glad he's my teammate."

Carlson, whose three-run homer just cleared the fence in right-center to key a three-run third for the hosts, said he is also happy that virtually the entire roster is contributing.

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