Skyline off home run schneid

            It’s taken 22 games, but Skyline College is finally off the home run schneid.

            In the fourth inning of yesterday’s 3-1 loss, Skyline catcher Colton Hicks got into a 2-2 fastball from Hartnell College pitcher Andrew Astone, and deposited it over the left field wall for the first home run by any Skyline player this season. As a team, Skyline tabbed over 700 at bats this season before yesterday’s fourth-inning homer.

            It’s not just Skyline, though. California Community College offense is paling across the board. Although the Trojans were the last team in the Coast Conference Pacific to go homerless, it took Gavilan College until March 10 to get a bomb on the board. And, Coast Confence Golden Gate neighbor City College of San Francisco is one of eight teams in state that has yet to go deep this year – although, CCSF does play at a home field that does not have an outfield fence.

            Five teams in conference – Mission, West Valley, DeAnza, Ohlone, and College of San Mateo – enter into play today with just two home runs as a team.

            Conversely, two teams in conference are amply slugging. Cañada College paces the Coast Conference with 15 homers, with Hartnell College close behind with 14. Each team boasts a home run leader, with Cañada sophomore Zach Turner and Hartnell sophomore Marc Flores tied with six apiece in the race for state home run champ. 

            Overall, Skyline has scuffled on the JUCO circuit this season, and at 4-18, currently have one of the worst overall records among Northern California teams. Only CCSF is worse at 3-18-1.

            Skyline had one other bright spot yesterday – the performance of freshman starting pitcher Tyler Cyr. The right-hander actually served up a home run on the second pitch of the game to Hartnell leadoff hitter Jordan Holler. Cyr bounced back to hurl seven shutout frames, throwing 145 pitches over eight innings, allowing six hits, six walks, and a hit batsman, while striking out four, eventually giving way to the bullpen to take a no-decision.

            Cyr found a sensational groove in the early innings, setting down nine straight at one point. At 6-foot-1 and wiry strong, Cyr features an over-the-top delivery, and can really bring it. In addition to having zip on his fastball, he is working on a 12-to-6 curveball that is occasionally dazzling, and can lock in with a filthy changeup that backs up late and loud like a screwball.

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