By: Ray Conner
The junior varsity Broncs baseball only played five innings, but the game would be declared a tie at 8-8. This was a see-saw battle versus Kennedy that ended knotted when the fifth inning of the game came to a close. Kern Valley began the scoring with four runs in the top of the first inning. Kennedy battled right back to score three to close within one run.
In the second, the Broncs pushed three more runs across the plate to make the score 7-3. Kennedy was set down without a run. For the next two innings, Kern Valley lost their chance to put a win in the books. They were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings. Kennedy pulled closer in their half of the fourth as the plated three runs to make it 7-6. The Broncs made it a two run game as they scored one run in their half of the fifth inning. Kennedy came to bat looking for three runs to record the victory.
What they got was a pair of runs and the game being declared a tie. Tj Sanders led the Kern Valley squad as he had a pair of hits. He scored three times in the game. Braxton Farnum and Dalton Epps each had one hit and one RBI. They would also score one run apiece. Austin Salem and Mike Moreno each had one hit. Salem scored one run. Copper Osorio and Nathan Montgomery each scored a run for the Broncs. Kern Valley used three pitchers in the game. Jacob Leith took the start. He went two-thirds of an inning allowing three runs, all earned on one hit. He walked four and struck out one. Salem took his turn and tossed three and one-third innings.
He gave up three runs, only one earned on one hit. He walked two and set down five Kennedy batters on strikes. Farnum came on in relief throwing one inning. He allowed a pair of unearned runs on one hit. He walked one and struck out two batters. Head coach Wayne Moore said, “This was the first close game of the season. Kern Valley started off strong but missed some scoring opportunities late in the game. Kennedy did a good job hanging in there and taking advantage of opportunities late in the game.
Austin Salem (AJ) has been practicing diligently in the off season on his pitching skills, but has been nervous about his first appearance. He doesn’t need to be nervous anymore as he took command and shut Kennedy down. We had a staff of inexperienced pitchers and we needed someone to emerge. AJ’s (Salem) pitching performance was impressive and we should expect to see him get more innings in the future.” All this is on hold as the
Broncs will have to wait to see if they get a chance to continue their season.