By Ray Conner
The Broncs chance at the High Desert League title was dealt a severe blow as they got stung by the Scorpions of Desert.
Desert took an early lead they would never give back. The Scorpions scored 18 runs over the final five innings to claim the game and put a dent in Kern Valley’s title hopes. Desert had two innings where they scored six runs. They also had four-run inning to close out any shot that the Broncs might have.
Kern Valley’s pitchers allowed 13 hits and walked six as they fell to Desert 20-8. Only 14 of the runs that Desert scored were counted as earned runs. The Broncs defense would commit eight errors to help the Scorpions to the victory.
As a team the Broncs had 10 hits, including two for extra bases. Damon Sage produced a milestone as he collected his 50th varsity hit in the game.
Kern Valley scored two runs in the second, five in the fifth and one in the seventh for all their scoring on the day.
Kern Valley hitting: Tanner Tito, 3 (2-2B); Sage, 2; Nick Thomas, 1; Adam Virto, 1; Spenser Hansen, 1; Kieran McCarthy, 1; Brayden Liberio, 1.
RBIs: Sage, 2; Hansen, 2; Vincent Pearman, 2; Ryan Walker, 1; McCarthy, 1.
Broncs pitching: Tyler Strange, L (2-3), 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; Hansen, 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; Thomas, 1-2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; McCarthy, 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.
In their second game of the week, the Broncs faced off with Frazier Mountain.
The Broncs took out a little frustration on the Falcons as they cruised to the easy 19-2 win in five innings.
Kern Valley had 12 hits as a team, including four that went for extra bases. One of the extra base hits came off the bat of Sage who smacked a Grand Slam home run. With the four-run round-tripper, Sage hit another milestone as he knocked in his 50th RBI of his varsity career.
The Broncs fell behind 1-0 after the top of the first, but rebounded to score five in their half of the opening inning. From then on it was all Kern Valley. They scored twice in the second, two in the third, five in the fourth, and five in the fifth to close out the game.
Kern Valley hitting: Sage, 3 (GSHR, 3B); Thomas, 2; Kenny Porter, 2; Tito, 1 (3B); Jorge Lopez, 1 (2B); Hansen, 1; McCarthy, 1; Liberio, 1.
RBIs: Sage, 6; Thomas, 2; Porter, 2; Tito, 2; McCarthy, 2; Lopez, 2; Hansen, 1; Pearman, 1.
Broncs pitching: Sage, (5-1), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; Strange, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; Hansen, 1 IP, 0 H 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.
On Saturday the Broncs played the first game of the Woodlake Tournament. They opened against Sierra. Kern Valley fell behind early as they trailed 7-2 after one inning of action. The Broncs cut into the gap with two in the second to make it 7-4, and it was 7-5 after three innings. The next two innings would be all Broncs as they scored 10 runs to take a commanding lead. The final score was 15-9 in favor of the Broncs. Kern Valley was given seven walks and combined with nine hits was all the offense they would need to claim the win. They also took advantage of Sierra’s shoddy defense they committed eight errors.
Broncs hitting: Thomas, 2 (2B); Porter 2; Hansen 2; Sage, 1; Tito, 1; Walker, 1.
RBIs: Hansen, 3; Thomas, 2; Porter, 2; Tito, 2; McCarthy, 1; Hunter Blagg, 1.
Kern Valley pitching: Thomas, W (1-0), 3 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Hansen, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
The Broncs continued tournament play on Monday as they faced Farmersville.