The Renegade Rip

BC Baseball Team and El Camino play a three-game series head to head

Naythan Bryant, Reporter

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Last Friday, the Bakersfield College baseball team went head to head with El Camino College in game one of a three game series at Gerry Collis Field.

BC lost the opening game 14-4 after El Camino were able to jump ahead of the Renegades early in the game. Big hits from El Caminos Diego Alarco and Joseph Borges set the Warriors up to score five runs in the first inning alone. Warriors pitcher Kenneth Haus is credited with the victory after walking two batters and striking out four, allowing four runs total. Five different El Camino players scored on the night, with both Mathew Beserra and Jose Ruiz Jr. earning three RBIs each. For the Renegades, starting pitcher Chris Diaz was credited with the loss. Diaz walked five batters and allowed seven runs, four earned. BCs Luke Lewis, Zach Williams, and Trey Harmon each registered an RBI, but the momentum gained was too little, too late.

Game two of the series took place the following day and was won 9-3 by El Camino. This time the game started slowly as the first two innings went scoreless until the Warriors Spencer Long broke the game wide open in the top of the third. Long registered two RBIs and three runs scored while Jordan Folgers brought in two RBIs with one run scored. The Renegades had trouble finding the ball against El Caminos Daniel Alvarez, who pitched an incredible game. Alvarez allowed only four hits and struck out eight batters on the night to pick up his first victory. El Caminos offense tacked on their last four runs late in the ninth inning with the help of Joseph Borges triple deep into right field.

The final game of the series, played on February 10th, was won by Bakersfield College 5-4. The game was the closest of the series and went eleven innings before being decided. The Warriors looked to sweep the Renegades when taking the early lead thanks to hits from Matthew Beserra and Taishi Nakawake. El Camino led 4-0 at the bottom of the third after Jose Ruiz Jr.s triple to right field brought in runner.

Spencer Palm. The Renegades fired back with an RBI from Jacob Sanchez and smart baserunning by Brycin Hernandez, bringing the score to 4-2 at the top of the sixth inning. The Gades kept their momentum going with hits from Tim Billingsley and Trey Harmon to tie the game. In the bottom of the eleventh, BC player Ryan Darbee singled to first and advanced to second after Hernandez grounded out to first. Isaac Ramos batted in Darbee with a single to complete the Renegades’ comeback, winning the game 5-4.

BC advances to 5-5 in the season as they prepare for their next game at Moorpark College on February 13th at 2:00 p.m.

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