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College of the Canyons baseball defeated Cosumnes River of Sacramento 12-7 in eight innings on Thursday afternoon. The game was called early due to darkness.

The Cougars (2-3) scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning behind two Cole Kleszcz home runs.

Kleszcz’s first home run in the seventh was a solo shot, and he closed the frame’s scoring with a three-run homer.

Kleszcz, a Valencia High graduate, finished the game 3-for-5 with five RBIs.

With the Hawks up 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Kleszcz doubled to the right center, allowing for Wes Felber to score.

COC’s Calvin Estrada and Anthony Lepre each went 3-for-5 in the game.

Cosumnes River scored in the top of the eighth to cut deficit to 11-7, but Lepre had the final word, finishing the eighth inning with a home run.

Canyon had 15 hits in all.

COC next plays Friday at 1 p.m. against Cosumnes River at home.

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Haley Sawyer
A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and primarily covers Football, boys basketball, girls soccer and girls golf for The Signal.
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