Kern Valley dominates in two league wins

Jordan Mead of the Broncs was named to the Woodlake All Tournament team. He went 8-for-10, with three doubles and six RBIs. Submitted photo

By Ray Conner

The Broncs had runs aplenty in two games this past week. They touched home 38 times in a pair of games.

Kern Valley went on the road to play Boron and Desert. They would come home from both games, tired of rounding the bases. They pummeled Boron 18-6 and followed that with a 20-5 win over the Scorpions.

For the two games, Kern Valley as a team collected 27 hits, including four for extra bases. They were issued 20 walks in the two games. They put the ball in play as they struck out only four times for the contests. 

The Broncs have now won three straight and five of their last seven. They sit at 10-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Versus Boron, the Broncs jumped out early as they scored six runs in the top of the first. They followed that with eight in the second to take the commanding 14-2 lead. They added one in the third and finished it off with three in the fifth.

The offense was led by Zack Wargo. He collected three hits, including a double. Wargo recorded four RBIs and scored three times. Jordan Mead had three hits and knocked in three runs, while Ethan Stockwell delivered a pair of hits, including a double. He was credited with three RBIs. He also collected a milestone as the two-bagger was his 50th career hit for Kern Valley.

Cameron Thomas and Carson Strange each had two hits, while Seth Stockwell contributed one hit and a pair of RBIs. Aeden Quezada rounded out the hit parade as he had one that drove in one run. Zane Carver recorded an RBI when he drew a bases loaded walk. Chris Lopez was on base four times and came around to score three times.

Kern Valley’s Seth Stockwell waits for the pitch in the snow versus the Scorpions. Photo by Kayley Sietsma

Wargo (3-3) on the hill pitched all five innings. He allowed the six runs, but only one was earned. He scattered three hits and walked five. He fanned 10 Bobcats. 

The hits and runs kept coming in the game played on April 5. Despite the weather being cold, the Broncs didn’t let that bother them from staying hot offensively. They delivered 13 hits, including a double and a triple. Combine that with 11 free passes and that leads to a high-scoring affair.

Once again, the Broncs started early. They took the lead after their first at bats by scoring four runs. Another four runs touched the plate in the second. It was a nine-run third that put the game out of reach.

Mead was the top hitter in this game as he contributed three hits, including a double. He drove home a pair of runs and scored four times. Strange had two hits and plated three runs, while E. Stockwell had two hits, including a triple. He knocked in two runs. Thomas got in on the hit parade as he had two. He was credited with two RBIs and scored four times. Wargo also had two hits and plated one run. Wargo’s RBI was a milestone. It was his 50th in his varsity career. Lopez and S. Stockwell each had one hit and one RBI. Z. Carver and Quezada recorded two RBIs apiece.

S. Stockwell improved to 6-0 on the mound as he pitched all five innings. He allowed five runs, only one earned on two hits. He walked three and struck out eight.

The Broncs were back at it on Tuesday as they played Frazier Mountain. They will take on Rosamond on Friday at home to continue league action.