The Cuesta Menâ€™s Baseball team won the Western State Conference Championship with a win at Santa Barbara City College on April 30.Â
2022 brought the Cougars’ baseball program its first full season since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The season also brought them their 18th conference title, the ninth under Head Coach Bob Miller.Â
Under Millerâ€™s 20 year tenure, the Cougars earned 16 playoff seasons and 460 regular season wins. Cuesta is 25-15 on the year overall and 18-6 in their conference.
â€œThis has been a fantastic season for our players,” Miller said. “Weâ€™ve seen a big step forward in their development and success. This group is very dedicated and cohesive. Itâ€™s been a fun team to coach and I couldn’t be happier for them.â€
Cuestaâ€™s lineup is headlined by infield slugger Zach Tallerman, who compiled the best overall stats on the team with 8 HRs and 56 RBIs. Infielder Ryan Fenn is another star for the Cougars, with a batting average of .359 and 29 RBIs.Â
On the pitching side, Ben Broughton is the team’s ace on the bump. Broughton pitched 86.0 innings, posting a 2.62 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He went 8-1 in 11 games started.Â
The conference title gave Cuesta the 7 seed in the CCCAA playoffs. They fell to El Camino in the opening round, but that didn’t diminish the team’s overall success on the year.