The West Hills College Coalinga Falcons needed just two runs against Antelope Valley College in Saturday's non-league game - thanks to a stellar performance on the mound by sophomore Jacob Evangelo.
The left-hander went the distance, striking out 10, as the Falcons defeated the Lancers, 2-1. Antelope Valley entered the game with a 9-2 record, and scored its only run on an infield error in the sixth inning.
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on RBIs by Isaiah Daniel (single) and Hector Munoz (fielder's choice).
Evangelo got off to an impressive start. He recorded two strikeouts in the first inning, forced a groundball double-play to end the second, and struckout the side in the third.
He struckout two more Lancers, both looking, in the fifth. Evangelo picked-off a runner in the seventh, and turned a double-play to end the eighth.
The sophomore ended the game in dramatic fashion. After recording his ninth strikeout, AVC's Kyle Lanthrop hit a two-out double, putting the tying run in scoring position. Evangelo responded by striking out Joe Lamont swinging for number 10 to finish the game - and sent the Falcons into a celebration around the mound.
"It was a dominating performance by Jacob," said Jason Smith, who earned his first win as WHCC head coach.
"He was ultra-competitive all the way through and was not going to be denied. He really went after it, showing a lot of leadership out there and his teammates rallied around him. It was great to see."
Smith added that he nominated Evangelo for CCCAA State Pitcher of the Week.