Taft College Cougars Men's Baseball

About Taft College Baseball

Vince Maiocco begins his 12th season as the Cougars head baseball coach. Maiocco came to Taft College in 2001 and served as an assistant coach until 2004.  Before coming to Taft College; he coached at Gavilan College in 2001, Delano High School in 2000, and Porterville College in 1999. Maiocco spent the most of his coaching career at College of the Siskiyous from 1988-1998.

The Cougar baseball program has a rich history of developing players for the professional and 4-year collegiate level of baseball. The vast majority of Taft College's graduating sophomores have went on to play at the 4-year collegiate and professional level. It is the coaching staff's obligation to develop players to play at the 4-year collegiate or professional level.

The philosophy of Taft College Baseball is: "Take the academic aspect of college serious, maintain an image on and off the field that sheds a positive light on Taft College, and work hard while practicing and playing the game of baseball!"

TC vs Cerro Coso
by Kaivon Kealoha
February 6, 2016

On Saturday morning, the Cougars fell behind 2-0 in the 2nd inning as starting pitcher Matt Rogers walked Sharkie Hurst on 5 pitches with the bases loaded then gave up an RBI single to Kal Gray who drove in one more run.

In the bottom half of the 2nd inning, Dayton Wilson roped a line drive to the left side for TC,  that found its way into the outfield driving in Ricky Sottile and Austin Pendergrass to tie the game at 2.

Cerro Coso answered back picking up earned runs off relief pitcher Will Moore in both the 3rd and 4th innings on RBI singles.

Dayton Wilson hit a solo home run in the 5th to cut the deficit to one but the Cougars could not pull through due to their inability to score their base runners. Taft left a total of 8 runners stranded with 5 of them in scoring position.

Fabian Gutierrez went 2-for-5 and the rest of the lineup got just 1 hit a piece.

Tyson Canfield pitched innings 5 - 8 out of the bullpen giving up no runs on just 1 hit and striking out 3 to keep the Cougars close.

Taft will seek redemption on Thursday at Monterey Peninsula College.

TC vs College of the Siskiyous
by Kaivon Kealoha
February 5, 2016

On Friday, Taft hosted College of the Siskiyous Eagles. The Cougars fell behind in the first inning after giving up 3 unearned runs on 2 errors.

It didn’t take long for Taft to answer back as Ricky Sottile hit a solo blast in the 2nd inning which sparked an offensive surge as the cougars collected a total of 17 runs on 21 hits in 8 innings of opportunity.

Robby Brewster cruised through 5 innings on the mound giving up no earned runs on just 3 hits while striking out 3 in route to his 2-0 record.

Travis Turner, Richard Ortiz, Shane Kotz, Ricky Sottile, Kaivon Kealoha, and Kyle Wedel all collected doubles.

Austin Pendergrass, Ortiz, and Wedel each collected 2 RBI's a piece.

Robert Higgs went 2-for-5, Sottile went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI's, and Kealoha went 5-for-6 with 4 RBI's to help stream the offensive attack.

Tyson Canfield, Caleb Newman, Spencer Throgmorton, Alfred Souza, and Brett Haney all got work on the mound to preserve the lead throughout the last 4 innings.


Opening Day 2016
by Kaivon Kealoha
January 29, 2016

Taft vs Feather River College

The Cougars squared off against 5th ranked Feather River for the 2016 season opener at Cougar Field. Robby Brewster took the mound, allowing 8 hits and just 2 runs on home runs while striking out 4 in his 5.2 innings of work.

Taft took an early 2 run lead in the first inning as Richard Ortiz hit an RBI triple driving in Travis Turner, then later scored on a ground ball to second by Shane Kotz.

An RBI double by Robert Higgs along with 2 wild pitches gave Taft another 3 runs in the third.

Jeremy Peterson solo homered and Trenton Stowe hit a 2 RBI double for the Eagles to make it a 1 run game in the sixth. Any doubt was erased in the bottom of the inning when Turner singled in 2 runs then scored on a bases loaded walk worked by Kotz to make it 8-4.

Ortiz, Turner, and Kotz each had 2 RBI's a piece.

The Cougars manufactured 9 runs on 8 hits largely in credit to the 2 sacrifice bunts laid perfectly by Ricky Sottile, a stolen base by Turner, and a sacrifice fly by Ortiz in the 8th.

Will Moore pitched a solid 2.1 innings out of the bullpen giving up only 1 hit to set up Shane Kotz who earned the save.

Taft vs Barstow College
In game 2 of opening day at Cougar Field, Taft took on Barstow College falling behind early with Matt Rogers giving up 2 runs on 7 hits in the first 4 innings on the mound.

Kaivon Kealoha's fake steal forced an error by Barstow’s Dustin Mc Nicholl scoring Austin Pendergrass from third base in the 5th.

Robert Higgs drove in Fabian Gutierrez with a sacrifice fly to center field, Pendergrass singled in Richard Ortiz, and Kyle Wedel singled in Pendergrass to make the score 4-2 after the sixth.

Defensive miscues hurt the Cougars in the 7th inning as Caleb Newman gave up an unearned run on a fielder’s choice.

This set up the 9th inning when 3 unearned Bartow runs cost the Cougars the lead, and ultimately the game as the Cougars could not answer in the bottom half of the inning. 

Austin Pendergrass went 3-for-4 and Travis Turner went 2-for-5 to lead the Cougars offensively.

Tyson Canfield pitched the 5th and 6th innings out of the bullpen, and Alfred Souza pitched the 8th inning, both giving up no runs. Shane Kotz took the loss in the 9th inning.

Taft College looks to bounce back when they host College of the Siskiyous on Friday, February 5th at 10:30 am.



Head Coach: Vince Maiocco

Assistant Coaches: Chris DeFreece, Chris Wedel, Michael Hayes

Athletic Trainer, Bruce Ferguson


Interim Superintendent/President: Brock McMurray

Vice President of Student Services:  Darcy Bogle 

Athletic Director:  Kanoe Bandy 

Athletic Secretary: Jennifer Edmaiston