BC moves to third in conference

Rigoberto Lopez

Daniel Ojeda, Reporters

baseball2 baseball1After losing five of its first six games, the Bakersfield College baseball team has flipped a switch coming back to win six of the last 10 games.
BC sits at third place in the Blue Division of the Western State Conference, with a record of 4-2
“Baseball’s not a win everyday sport, we had a good season last year and that’s our goal again this season,” said coach Tim Painton.
Despite the rough start to the season, growth can be seen in a number of areas, from an offense that’s starting to finally score to a pitching staff that is stifling opposing teams.

March 4
The Renegades won their conference opener 8-0 against LA Valley College.
BC pitcher Cole Hallum picked up the victory silencing the Monarchs by pitching eight shutout innings, coming just short of the complete game.
The Renegades struck early, scoring three runs in the first inning. After a single by Eddie Torres and a double by Hallum, Zach Tanner hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the first run. Erik Williams followed with a double to right center scoring the runner from third. Junior Felix then singled to left field for the third run of the inning.
BC added two more runs in the third. Felix added his second RBI of the game with a single to center scoring the runner from second. Kaidan Meadows followed with a single to left scoring Felix from second and giving BC a five-run lead. In the fifth, with runners on second and third, Meadows would come through again with a double, scoring both runners and upping BC’s lead to 7-0. Hallum would add a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give BC its last run.
Rolando Martinez and Felix led BC with each contributing three hits. Meadows also chipped in two hits and a game best of three RBIs. Williams added two hits, scored three runs and also had an RBI.
Hallum upped his record to 3-0 for the Renegades while also sporting a miniscule ERA of 1.38.

March 6
The Renegades won their second straight conference game beating Citrus College 5-3 in extra innings.
After falling behind early in the game, BC came back to score three in the third to take the lead. After consecutive walks to start the inning, an error by the pitcher on Torres’ sacrifice allowed one of the runners to score. With two runners in scoring position, Hallum followed with an RBI groundout and Williams singled to right center giving the Renegades the third run of the inning and the lead.
Citrus College tied the game with solo runs in the third and fifth innings, sending the game into extra innings – the first of the season for BC.
In extras, Tanner reached base via error, Williams followed with a single advancing the runner to third and moving into scoring position on the throw. Felix then followed with a hit to the right side scoring both runners and giving BC the lead.
BC starter Allan Winans pitched nine innings for the victory while striking out six and allowing only two runs.
Williams finished the game with a team leading three hits and an RBI. Felix chipped in two hits with a team high two RBI and Hallum had two hits with an RBI.

March 8
The Renegades lost to LA Mission College 9-4, ending their two game winning streak and were handed their first conference loss.
After initially falling behind by three the Renegades were able to score three runs in the third to tie the game. But it was all LA Mission after that as they went on to score six unanswered runs.
Tanner led the BC offense as he tallied two hits and two RBIs. Williams also hit his second homerun of the season.

March 11
Glendale silenced BC as the Renegades dropped a pitcher’s duel 5-0.
BC was only down by a run entering the ninth before Glendale College broke the game open by scoring four runs.
Hallum struck out nine while only allowing three hits and one run in eight innings. But Glendale was able to get to the bullpen scoring four runs on four hits against the BC relievers.
The Renegades had chances with runners on base in seven of nine innings but squandered opportunities by grounding into three double plays and lining into another double play.

March 13
The Renegades ended a two game losing steak by rallying for a 7-5 win over Antelope Valley College.
After being down for most of the game, BC took the lead for good in the sixth inning scoring three runs. An RBI single by Hallum tied the game at three before Felix ripped a two run two out single in the sixth inning giving BC a 5-3 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Williams had a two run double pushing BC’s lead up to 7-3.
BC’s defense was a big part of the victory as they played an error-free game. Martinez led the Renegades with three hits and also scored three runs. Torres and Williams each had two hits apiece for BC.
Jared Solf pitched eight innings for the win, striking out three, and did not walk a batter.

March 15
BC won its second consecutive game by beating West LA College 5-0.
The Renegades scored early and often, taking a 2-0 lead by the first inning. Williams continued his hot-hitting driving in the first two runs of the game in the first. In the fifth, Williams was up with the bases loaded and singled to drive in another run. In the seventh, Williams added a sacrifice fly to give him four RBIs. Williams finished with two hits and one walk for the day.
Winans pitched eight innings for the win, striking out seven and allowing no runs or walks.
With the win, BC improved to 4-2 in conference play and an 8-10 record overall.
The March 18 scores against College of the Canyons were unavailable at time of print. BC will play at L.A. Valley on March 20.