By Ray Conner
Kern Valley Sun
The Broncs finished up the regular season and now will await the CIF playoffs which begin today.
Kern Valley (11-8, 7-5 HDL) was at home when they played rival Bishop on April 30. A scoring explosion with two outs pushed the Broncos of Bishop easily past the Kern Valley team. The final score was 11-1.
In the top of the first inning, Bishop’s leadoff hitter worked out a walk. The next two batter flied out to center field. The next batter singled while the next was issued the free pass to load the bases. A single drove in the first run and then a fielding miscue led to eight more runs for Bishop to cross the plate.
Looking at an early 9-0 deficit, the Broncs got one run back in their half of the first. Damon Sage reached on an error and went all the way around to third. Nick Thomas infield single to put runners at the corners. The Bishop pitcher then committed a balk to score Sage and move Thomas to second. That would be all the scoring for Kern Valley in the game. It was not due to lack of opportunities. The Broncs squandered scoring chance after scoring chance as they left a total of 10 men on base. Twice the inning ended with the bases full of Kern Valley runners.
Bishop scored once in the fifth to make it 10-1 and finished off their scoring with one run in the top of the seventh.
As a team the Broncs collected eight hits, all singles. They were led by Kieran McCarthy and Vincent Pearman with two singles apiece. Sage, Thomas, Kenny Porter and Tyler Strange each had one hit for the Broncs.
On the hill, Sage (5-3) started and took the loss. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning allowing two hits and seven runs. Only one of those runs was earned. He walked three and did not strike out a batter. Strange came on in relief to work three and a third innings. He gave up two unearned runs on five hits. He would walk none and strike out two. McCarthy mopped up with three innings of relief. He allowed two unearned runs on one hit. He walked two and struck out four Bishop players.
The Broncs finished the regular season with a mark of 11-8 overall and 7-5 in the High Desert League. They will open the CIF Central Section Division 6 playoffs with a home game today. The game will start at 3:30 p.m. against a familiar HDL foe.
Boron finished the season ahead of the Broncs but are in year one of 3-year ban of hosting playoff games. During the HDL season, the Bobcats and Kern Valley split their games. The winner of this contest has the undaunted task of playing the No. 1 seed Bishop on Friday.