HUNTINGTON BEACH - The surging Golden West College baseball program continues to win in the month of May as the Rustlers beat Cypress College on Thursday, 3-1.
First-year head coach Drew Ramos endured a tough opening month in April with a 1-11 record but the team has found its rhythm in May going 11-3 over the past 14 games. Ramos was incredibly open about the early offensive struggles as the key to the Rustlers' sluggish start but the offense has been producing as of late and the quality pitching outings have racked up. That was never as apparent as when freshman left-hander Ricky Tiedemann took the mound Thursday and threw a complete game win with 13 strikeouts to close out his final game at Golden West.
Tiedemann is highly coveted MLB prospect out of Lakewood High School and is projected as a top-four round draft pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft next month. The big 6-foot, 4-inch lefty came out dealing on Thursday, striking out the side in the opening frame. The offense then responded in the bottom half of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. Leadoff batter Sebastian Orduno walked to open the frame and then proceeded to steal second base. Two passed balls later and Orduno scored without an offense hit.
Cypress would tie the game in the top of the third inning using a leadoff double from catcher Jason McDonnell and an RBI single by centerfielder Andrew Sojka to make it 1-1. The Golden West offense would lead things off in the bottom half with a double by Zane Parmenter. The next batter, Miles Jenkins singled to left field moving runners to the corners with a lot a speed. The Cypress defense paid close attention to Jenkins before throwing a pickoff attempt out of play to score Parmenter and move Jenkins into scoring position. A wild pitch would later score Jenkins from third to put the Rustlers up 3-1.
That would be all Tiedemann would need to go the distance surrendering one run on seven hits with just two walks. He improved to 2-1.
NEXT: Golden West will travel to Cypress Friday, May 28 to close out the season with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 12pm. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.