By Ray Conner
The Broncs varsity team put together a good offensive game as they clobbered Desert on March 15.
Kern Valley pounded out nine hits as a team in taking the 13-3 victory over the Scorpions.
Early on it was a close battle as Kern Valley took the early 1-0 lead after their opening at bats. Desert answered quickly scoring a pair in the bottom of the first. The Broncs grabbed the lead back as they pushed two runs home in the second, but Desert tied it with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.
It stayed that way until the Broncs exploded for five runs in the fourth. Eight batters came to the plate. They took advantage of shoddy fielding by the Scorpions who committed three errors in the inning. Along with four hits, Kern Valley had put some distance between them and their opponents.
The Broncs scored four more in the fifth and closed it out with one in the seventh.
Leading the way offensively for the Broncs was Ryan Walker with two hits. Both went for extra bases as he had a double and a triple. He knocked in three runs.
Kenny Porter had two hits and two RBIs, while Nick Thomas had two hits and an RBI. Trey Bushling delivered two hits from the leadoff spot. Tyler Strange wrapped up the hitting for Kern Valley with one.
On the mound, Strange (1-1) picked up the victory. He went five strong innings allowing the three runs, only two earned on one hit. He walked one and struck out four.
Thomas came on in relief to work two innings. He would earn his first save of the season. In the two innings of work, he allowed no hits and no runs. He walked three and struck out two.
Three days earlier, the Broncs began High Desert League play by traveling to Boron.
In a close battle, the Broncs would end up with the 5-2 loss.
The offense struggled as they were limited to two singles in the contest.
Boron took the lead after one as they scored a run in their half of the first. The Broncs tried to rally in the second but were shut down. The Bobcats added a run in the fourth to open a 2-0 lead. It stayed 2-0 until the top of the sixth when the Broncs finally pushed through. They scored a pair of runs to tie it at 2-2. In effective pitching by Boron allowed the Broncs to knot the score.
Walks and wild pitches were the course as Kern Valley was able to get back into the game.
It was short lived as Boron grabbed back the lead in the bottom of the sixth. They took advantage of wildness by the Broncs pitcher and collected three walks in the inning. The Bobcats scored all three runs without the benefit of a hit. Five walks in the inning helped to give the Bobcats the lead and eventually the league win.
Kieran McCarthy and Bushling were the only Broncs to get hits. They had one each. Damon Sage and Porter were credited with one RBI apiece for Kern Valley.
Sage (1-1) started on the hill and went five plus innings. He allowed three runs, two earned on three hits. He walked six and struck out three. McCarthy tossed one inning giving up two runs. He did not allow a hit. He walked three and struck out two Boron batters.
The Broncs sit at 2-3, 1-1 HDL on the season.
They continued league play with a home game against Frazier Mountain on Tuesday.
They will be right back at home on Friday as they entertain Rosamond.