With his head coach father Jon Osborne currently out of town to help prepare for a family wedding, Cole Osborne was given the daunting task of keeping Cabrillo High baseball going on Monday.
The interim head coach for the day and the Conquistadores responded with a season-high in runs scored, as CHS cruised to the 23-1 romp of Orcutt Academy at Elks Field.
The previous season best for the Conqs (9-9, 7-6 in the Los Padres League) was eight runs in the 8-2 league win over Santa Maria on March 31. But this time, Cole Osborne saw more consistency with the Cabrillo swings.
“It (the 23 runs) quadrupled our season high,” the younger Osborne said. “We had a lot of good at-bats and we took advantage of our opportunities. Everyone was swinging more aggressively, putting the ball in play, running the bases well – it was good to see and it was something that we thought could’ve been done earlier this season. But it was good to see it come around now.”
With Cabrillo up 14-1 in the top of the fifth, the Conqs continued their hitting prowess. Chris Brady blasted a triple toward center field, scoring three of his teammates for three RBIs. Joseph Sousa also added a double that scored a couple more CHS runners. Overall, Cabrillo tacked on 12 runs in that inning. Izzy Hernandez, Ben Dixon and Cameron Binnebose were among the other CHS hitters on the day.
Noah Randolph took the victory on the mound for the Conqs.
Games against the Spartans (3-15, 1-13 in the LPL) haven’t always been one-sided for the Conqs. In fact, Orcutt Academy took two of three meetings last year against the traditional LPL powerhouse, with each game decided by no more than four runs.
And, the last contest between CHS and OAHS on March 9 saw that game come down to the wire, with the Conqs escaping 6-5.
Cole Osborne, though, has seen a much more driven Cabrillo team during the Conqs’ last 12 games – which helps speak to CHS’s 8-4 record during that stretch.
“Competitiveness (has improved). And that’s competing in whole games,” Osborne said. “We’re young. So we have to make sure that the butterflies and everything else don’t get in the way of competing.”
Osborne, admittedly, said he had his own set of butterflies before the game as he took on his first head coaching assignment, even on a brief basis.
“I was pretty nervous,” Osborne said, who said his sister is getting married soon, explaining why his father was gone. “But for any young man, if your dad has confidence in you, you’re going to be confident. Growing up with the Osborne name, we talk a lot about baseball over dinner my whole life. This program I’ve been around since before I was born.”
Osborne added that his father is expected to return this Wednesday, which is right before Cabrillo’s makeup game against Templeton on the road – and an Eagles team Osborne said is “red-hot right now.”
Orcutt Academy got two hits from junior Eddie Lundberg, who also drove the lone score in during the bottom of the third and had one stolen base. Sophomores Eliseo Contreras and Tyler Zafaris were the other Spartans who collected one hit apiece.
While the Conqs will take on Templeton, Orcutt Academy will have its rematch against Cabrillo on Thursday at 4 p.m., this time in Vandenberg Village.
Saints host tournament
Santa Maria hosted golfers for five area schools in a tournament played on Monday at the Santa Maria Country Club.
Cabrillo, Nipomo, Morro Bay, Atascadero and, of course, Santa Maria all had pairings on the course Monday.
Cabrillo's A-Team of Justin Buenaventura and Kyle Stiller placed first with a score of 79. With an 82, Santa Maria's A-Team of Joseph Balderama and Ruben Quintero came in second. Atascadero top team of Austin McMillin and Troy Normile rounded out the top three.
McMillin was also the closest-to-the-pin winner on par 3s, No. 13 and 3. Ruben Quintero won the long-drive contest.
This was the fifth annual event and the first time hosted at the Santa Maria Country Club.
"The boys really love to play there. The course is in really good condition and they take care of us as well," Santa Maria coach Jay Cheney said.
Santa Maria 8, Nipomo 7
The Saints held off a late charge from the Titans to win in their Los Padres League home game on Monday.
Leading 8-1, the Titans went on a six-run charge, including scoring five runs in the seventh inning before falling to SMHS.
Nipomo's Hope Goodall went 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI. Kamalie Neel finished with two hits and drove two runners in.