Baseball Season Year-In-Review

Baseball Season Year-In-Review

IMPERIAL, CA (5/4/2022) Imperial Valley Baseball wrapped up their final game of the 2022 season on April 29th. The team finished 6th in the ultra competitive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC). This season featured wins against two different teams who went on to make the Southern California Playoffs. On February 22nd, IVC took down Cerro Coso College who took second place in the Inland Empire Athletic Conference and earned the 17 seed in the SoCal Baseball playoffs. On April 2nd, IVC secured a win over Grossmont College who earned the 14 seed in the SoCal Baseball Playoffs. Another highlight of the 2022 season was beating San Diego City College Twice, once at home on March 22nd and again on the road on April 26th. IVC had another road win vs conference foe San Diego Mesa College on March 19th. 

Offense Highlights:

All year the offense was led by left handed hitting shortstop Roberto Gonzalez. Gonzalez finished the year hitting .404 with an on base percentage (OBP) of .460. Through 114 at bats, Gonzalez had 46 hits, five doubles, two triples, and only struck out only 11 times all year. These numbers earned Gonzalez All Conference PCAC 2022. Another offensive stand out this spring season was Catcher, Jacob Sapp. Sapp led the team with both 21 RBI's and seven doubles while he tied for the team lead with two triples. Sapp handled the majority of the catching duty for IVC and gunned down a total of 16 would-be-base stealers. Sapp's work behind the plate and production hitting earned him honorable mention PCAC. Also receiving honorable mention was outfielder Carlos Camacho. In 69 PCAC at bats, Camacho hit .319, slugged .365 and reached base at a .420 clip. 

Pitching Highlights:

Davian Esqueda earned honorable mention PCAC for his work on the mound this spring. Esqueda, in conference, made 10 appearances and 3 starts throwing 30.2 innings. Esqueda posted a 5.87 ERA in conference while striking out 18 hitters. IVC was also led on the mound by Isaac Martinez. Martinez threw 49 innings on the season and started nince games, both of which was first on the team. Martinez struck out 28 hitters on the season and earned a win on the road at San Diego City College on 4/26 when he threw five scoreless innings while allowing only two hits. Michael Soto played a key role on the mound this season as well. Soto appeared in 10 games while making eight starts, racking up 38 innings. Soto earned two wins on the season. On 2/1 Soto threw four relief innings giving up only 2 runs vs Barstow to earn a win. Soto's second win of the year came on 4/2 vs Grossmont College when he threw 5.1 innings to start the game. Another big contributor for IVC pitching staff was Erick Villareal. Villareal struck out 27 hitters through 32.2 innings pitched on the year. Villareal threw a season long 7.2 innings vs Grossmont College on April Second. Villareal also struck out nine hitters over six over six innings pitched at Compton College 2/24. 

This season wraps up Coach Jim Mecate's 20th season as head baseball coach and 26th season coaching overall at Imperial Valley College. "I am very proud of our players for how hard they practiced and played the whole season", said Coach Mecate about the year. The IVC baseball student athletes will now take the rest of the semester to focus on their academics. The Baseball team will start back up training in August to prepare for the 2023 season.