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Hancock scored eight runs in the first two innings of Tuesday’s home baseball game against College of the Canyons then held on for an 8-5 victory on a soggy afternoon at John Osborne Field.

Daniel Curiel got the Bulldogs going with a one-out single in the bottom of the first inning.

Ismael Hernandez then singled and Cordell Bowie followed with an RBI single, scoring Curiel.

After Josh Tonascia walked to load the bases, Chad Jones singled home Hernandez.

Reed Odland then walked in a run against Canyons pitcher Eric Little to cap a three-run first.

In the second inning against reliever Anthony Gomez, Quinntin Perez was hit by a pitch and Curiel singled.

On a double-steal, the Canyons catcher threw the ball away, allowing Perez to score.

After a Hernandez single moved Curiel to third, Bowie had another RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead. Jones and Odland followed with RBI singles and Marcus Nix Jr. drove in another run on a fielder’s choice to put Hancock up 8-0.

Sophomore pitcher Dylan Maiden picked up the win giving up five runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Hernandez came on and threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The Bulldogs (4-5) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Hancock has two more home games this week, hosting Irvine Valley on Friday and Saturday.

Track and field

Winter Championship Qualifier

St. Joseph junior Joseph Domingues Jr. qualified easily for the Winter State Championships in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 10.02 seconds, the fastest time in that event at Simi Valley High School last Saturday.

The Winter State Championships will take place Saturday at Arcadia High School.

Men's golf

WSC Tournament

Hancock College freshman Eliot Bourke was the medalist with a one-under 71 and sophomore teammate Adam Burrola finished second with a two-over 74 at the second Western State Conference men's golf tournament of the season, at Rio Bravo Country Club in Bakersfield.

The Bulldogs finished fifth out nine teams with a team score of 415. College of the Canyons won the tournament with a 382.

Jeff Rugg shot an 82 for Hancock. Derrick Neiman carded a 92, and Josiah Sanchez and Bryan Tran rounded out the Hancock team score with matching 96's.

Sanchez's and Tran's scores were averaged for the Hancock team score.

Men's basketball

Hancock moves up in state poll

Hancock College moved up one spot, to No. 15, in the latest California Community College Men's Baseball Coaches Association (CCCMBCA) poll.

The Bulldogs remained at No. 8 in the Southern California Regional Poll.

Hancock (20-8, 7-1) is riding a seven-game winning streak and has reached the 20-win mark for the first time in five seasons. Hancock is tied with Ventura for first place in the WSC North Division and will play at Cuesta at 7 p.m. Wednesday night and host Oxnard at 5 p.m. Saturday to close out its regular season.    

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Senior Sports Reporter