BC baseball haunted by six losses in a row

Amber Hayden

Daniel Ojeda, Reporter

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Renegade baseball started conference play by winning four of the first six games, but have been in freefall ever since.

Seven straight losses have left the team searching for a way to save the season and get back on track. After being as close as third place in the division the Renegades now sit tied for fifth place with a 4-8 conference record and an overall record of 8-16.

 

March 18

The Bakersfield College men’s baseball team was routed 16-7 against College of the Canyons.

The Renegades fell behind by five runs early in the game before putting up their first run of the game.

In the third, Kaidan Meadows would double leading off the inning and came around to score on Jake Verdugo’s single. In the fourth, after singles by Cole Hallum and Erik Williams, Zach Tanner followed with a single of his own to drive in BC’s second run of the game. In the fifth, Rolando Martinez would double to right scoring Meadows from second.

BC managed to score runs in three straight innings to get the game close at 5-3 before Canyons blew the game open by scoring three runs in the fifth and eight runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

BC scored two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by both Jared Solf and Martinez. In the ninth, a bases-loaded walk to Williams scored a run and a single by Tanner scored the last of BC’s runs.

Meadows finished the game with three hits and also scored three of BC’s runs. Tanner and Martinez each finished with two hits and two RBI.

 

March 20

BC dropped its second straight game losing to LA Valley by a score of 9-6.

LA Valley scored two runs in the first to take an early lead before BC came back to score five in the third.

Leadoff hitter Rolando Martinez was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Eddie Torres then followed with a single. With one out, Erik Williams followed with a double scoring both runners and tying the game at two. After a single by Zach Tanner, Junior Felix would follow with an RBI single of his own giving BC its first lead at 3-2. Then Kaidan Meadows smacked a two run double giving BC 5 runs in the inning.

The lead wouldn’t last as LA Valley scored four runs in the fourth and two in the sixth sending BC to another loss.

Williams led BC with two hits and three RBI. Jake Verdugo and Felix each finished with two hits. Meadows finished with a double and two RBI.

March 22

The Renegades continued their losing ways as they were rocked by LA Valley 18-5.

The scoring came in bunches against the BC pitching staff as LA Valley managed to score five in the second, six in the third, four in the fifth and three in the seventh.

BC was down 15-0 before finally scoring their first runs of the game in the sixth inning.

After singles by Junior Felix and Kaidan Meadows, Jake Verdugo would double to drive in BC’s first run. Rolando Martinez would then follow with an RBI ground out giving BC its second run.

In the seventh, BC would add on three more runs. Felix and Meadows each had RBI singles and Colton Blankenship an RBI groundout.

Meadows would finish with a team high three hits and Jared Solf chipped in with two hits. Felix, Verdugo and Rolando Martinez each contributed with RBIs.

The 18 runs allowed by the BC pitching staff was a season high.

 

March 25

The losses keep piling up as BC dropped its fourth straight game losing to Citrus College 6-3.

Once again BC fell behind early as Citrus scored two runs in the first to take the lead.

BC managed to score in the first on an RBI single by Roland Martinez. Citrus added single runs in the second, fifth, seventh and eighth to push the lead to 6-1.

BC scored its final two runs in eighth but had a chance for more as they left two runners on.

With runners on second and third, pinch hitter Austin Tijerina singled driving in a run. Cole Hallum then followed with an RBI groundout. The Renegades had runners on first and second after a walk to Jake Verdugo, but the Renegades could not come through with the clutch hit.

Eddie Torres finished the game with three hits and a walk. Martinez finished with two hits and an RBI. Cole Hallum and Austin Tijerina each had a hit and an RBI apiece.

 

March 27

BC’s freefall continues as they lost to Citrus College 5-4.

It was the same story as the Renegades fell behind early to Citrus before charging in at the end and falling just short.

Citrus pitcher Nicholas Sergi was on point as he held the Renegades to a single run through six innings. Austin Tijerina scored BC’s run on an RBI double by Cole Hallum.

In the seventh BC was finally able to break through against Citrus pitcher Sergi. Following a walk to Colton Blankenship and a single to Zach Tanner, Junior Felix then belted a three run homerun. But BC wouldn’t score again as the Citrus College bullpen would hold BC scoreless for the rest of the game preserving the win.

Tijerina finished the game with two hits and Hallum had an RBI to go along with two hits. Felix finished the game with three RBIs along with his first home run of the season.

 

March 29

The Renegades were handed a season high sixth straight loss, falling against LA Mission 7-2.

The offense for BC couldn’t find it’s footing as the Renegades were down 7-0 before scoring twice in the eighth inning.  Rolando Martinez had one of BC’s RBI on a sacrifice fly while the other run was scored on an error by the third basemen.

With the loss, the Renegades sit in fifth place in the division behind first place LA Valley.

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