By Ray Conner
Kern Valley’s varsity baseball team breaks into the win column.
The Broncs earned their first win of the year as they took down Trona 17-0. Despite the lopsided score the game was much closer than indicated.
Kern Valley (1-2) broke the game open in the top of the sixth inning. They sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning. They scored 11 runs to take the lead 17-0.
In the run explosion, the Broncs had four hits, were issued eight walks, and took advantage of Trona’s defense who committed two errors.
Things did not start well for Kern Valley as they were struck out six times in seven at bats over the first two innings. They found some offense in the top of the third as they put together a four-run inning. Timely hits, aggressive base running, and ineffective pitching from Trona allowed them to score the four runs.
In their next at bat, the Broncs added a pair of runs. The sixth inning eruption allowed the Broncs to gain the victory and end their two-game losing streak.
Eight different Broncs collected hits in the contest. As a team they had 10 hits, including two for extra bases. Both of those came in the sixth inning.
Leading the way was Nick Thomas with a pair of hits from the lead off spot. He would also drive in one run. Tanner Tito had two hits and one RBI, while Damon Sage and Tyler Strange each had one hit that went for two bases. Sage plated a pair of runs in the sixth. Spenser Hansen and Vincent Pearman had one hit apiece and two RBIs, while Kenny Porter, Ryan Walker each had one hit and one RBI. Jorge Lopez was credited with a pair of RBIs as he was walked with the bases loaded and then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Both of his RBIs came in the sixth inning.
On the hill for Kern Valley, Sage (1-0) used pin point control to keep Trona off balance. He went four innings allowing just one hit. He walked none and struck out nine batters. Hansen came on in relief to toss one inning. He did not allow a hit but walked two batters. He struck out two in his relief appearance.
Head coach Mike Genthner said, After a slow start offensively, we were able to put together some hits, some aggressive base running and put some runs on the board. Sage did a very good job of pounding the strike zone, mixing up his pitches, and hitting his spots.”
The Broncs were supposed to play Summit on Wednesday, but the weather had other ideas and the game was cancelled. It will not be rescheduled.
Kern Valley began High Desert League action on Tuesday as they made the trip to Boron. They will be on the road again on Friday as they will play against Desert to continue in the HDL.