Gades lose heartbreaker to Golden West

Justin White, Sports Editor

The Renegades lost their Feb. 24 Thursday night game against Golden West.

Golden West got off to a hot start, scoring a run each in the 2nd and 3rd innings. BC was able to collect one hit during the early innings, but remained silent for much of the game.

Tensions ramped up in the bottom of the 8th inning when shortstop Gillermo Monje singled to Golden West’s shortstop, scoring pinch hitter Grant Holleman. On the same play, Monje was able to advance to second on a throwing error, which also allowed infielder Joseph Alatorre to score. Monje then tried to advance to third, but was thrown out to end the 8th inning, the score tied 2-2 heading into the 9th.

Pitcher Brady Fox was brought into the game to keep the score the way it was to allow his team a chance to walk it off in the 9th. After forcing a pop out, Fox allowed a single to center field, and with one out the Golden West designated hitter blasted a home run to left-center to take a 4-2 lead. Fox would allow another hit before forcing a fly out and then striking out the next batter to head into the bottom of the 9th.

After a fly out and a strikeout, BC once again made things interesting when pinch hitter Jordan Lopez was able to reach base on a throwing error, and advanced to second before Golden West could collect themselves. Second baseman Andrew Townson then also managed to reach base on a throwing error, and Lopez was able to advance to third. With runners on the corners, Holleman walked to load the bases with 2 outs, giving BC hope for a walkoff victory. However, Alatorre then went down on three strikes, ending the game in heartbreaking fashion for BC.

The loss, given to Fox, drops Bakersfield College to 4-9 on the season. Today on Feb. 25, the Renegades will have a chance at revenge as they will take on Golden West once more at 4pm.