SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Joey James hit two home runs to lead Orange Coast College to a 20-4 victory over Los Medanos Friday in the first round of the state community college baseball tournament at Santa Clara University.
OCC (34-11) plays Cerritos today at 11 a.m. at San Jose Municipal Field. Cerritos (45-4), the state's top-ranked team, defeated Contra Costa, 23-4, in another first-round game of the double-elimination tournament.
James had three hits and six RBIs; he has 16 home runs and 66 RBIs this season.
James is 25 for 50 in his last 12 games since changing bats. He was mired in a slump during spring vacation when he decided to change bats, although the size and model were the same as his old one.
James' first home run in the third inning came one pitch after Ralph Ramirez's home run off losing pitcher Al Alcuna (10-2). It was Ramirez's ninth.