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.