Kern Valley finishes regular season

Photo by Donna Harris Freelance Photographer; Hunter Blagg of the varsity Broncs takes a hack at the pitch ball in a recent home game.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

Closing out the regular season, the Broncs dropped two games.

One of them was to Rosamond who were the High Desert League champions. The other was to Cal City which gave them a third place tie with the Broncs in the HDL.

In the game with the Roadrunners, the Kern Valley team was looking to put a blemish on their record. The game was close for four innings as the score showed the Roadrunners ahead 5-1. It was the bottom of the fifth inning that the Roadrunners put the game out of reach. They were able to push six across the plate and take the victory in five innings 11-1.

The Broncs offense was lacking as they were held to a pair of hits in the game. Their lone run came without the benefit of a hit. A bases loaded walk to Hunter Blagg was the only scoring the Broncs would do that day against Rosamond.

The Broncs used four pitchers against the Rosamond squad.

Kern Valley hitting (2): Damon Sage 1, Kieran McCarthy 1.
RBIs: Blagg 1
Broncs pitching: Spenser Hansen L 3-4), 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, Strange (starter) 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, Nick Thomas 0+ IP, 2 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, McCarthy 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.

Head coach Mike Genthner said, “We were able to hang around until the fifth inning, then the wheels came off.”

Two days later, a trip to Cal City was at hand. The Ravens were able to gain the 3-0 win to put them tied for third in the HDL.

The offensive struggles continued for Kern Valley as they were limited to just four hits. They left eight runners stranded in the contest. The Cal City pitcher set down nine Broncs on strikes to complicate the Broncs scoring chances.

The farthest Kern Valley player got to third base, but could not find the plate as the next batter struck out to end the scoring threat.

Kern Valley hitting (4): Trey Bushling 2, McCarthy 1 (2B), Hansen 1 (2B).
Broncs pitching: Strange (L 1-3) 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, Sage 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.

Genthner said, “We struggled offensively for the second straight game. We struck out too much. One-for-14 with runners in scoring position often results in getting shut out. We wasted good pitching performances from Strange and Sage. Hopefully we’ll do better in the playoffs.”

The Broncs at home took on Trona to begin the CIF playoffs.

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer; Kern Valley’s Tyler Strange rips into an offering in a recent home game.

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