Kingsmen Homer Three Times, Avenge Early Season Loss to Bethesda

Photo credit: Marvin Jimenez
Photo credit: Marvin Jimenez

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Brendan Durfee, Josh Quinn, and Sebastian Smith homered to lead Cal Lutheran baseball past Bethesda University 11-6 on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Kingsmen avenged an early season loss to the Flames and improved to 24-13 overall. 

The Kingsmen totaled 14 hits in the win. On top of the home runs, Kyle Reuser and Durfee had two doubles each. Max Heverly added a double and Zach Lafata had a triple. 

Cal Lutheran saw eight different Kingsmen record a hit. Durfee had the most with three and Reuse, Smith, Quinn, and Heverly had two each. 

The Kingsmen used seven pitched in the win. The order went Cameron Cooper, Bryan Tierney, Tristan Dupont, Max Kendall, Milan Bugarin, Clay Rickerman, and Gregory Pimentel. Notable highlights were five strikeouts for Cooper over 2.0 innings, four strikeouts for Tierney over 3.0, and Dupont got the win. 

It was a slow start for the Kingsmen as Bethesda took a 4-0 lead after the top of the first. The Kingsmen scored one run in the first and second inning and cut the lead in half. The Kingsmen completed the comeback with five runs in the sixth inning. They added two runs in the seventh and eighth inning and took a commanding lead. The Flames scored one run in the eighth and ninth, but the Kingsmen were too much in the end. 

The Kingsmen have won four straight and six of the last seven. The regular season ends with a three-game series with Chapman. The Kingsmen are currently tied for the No. 3 spot for the SCIAC Tournament. With lots going on this weekend, the Kingsmen could be the No. 2, 3, or 4 seed for the tournament. The series starts at Cal Lutheran on Friday. Senior Day starts at 2:30 pm with first pitch set for the 3. 

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