By: Ray Conner
The varsity Broncs baseball team in perhaps their last game of the year, win big. Before being shut down for the season, Kern Valley pounded Wonderful 10-0. The game would last six innings, but the Broncs played a lot of game in those six frames. Taking the lead in the bottom of the first Kern Valley continued to find offense and kept their opponent off the board. Kenny Porter hit the first home run of the year for Kern Valley in the first at bats. It would be the jump start the Broncs would need to collect the victory. They added one more run to take the 2-0 lead.
In the third inning Kern Valley broke out the whooping sticks as they plated three more runs. Four free passes and an error allowed the Broncs scoring opportunity. In the bottom of the fifth inning the Broncs made it 6-0 as they ran wild on the bases. Porter was issued the base on balls. He would steal second. Two wild pitches later and the ding of the scoreboard could be heard. Kern Valley (4-0) finished it off with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. All nine batters came to the plate in the inning. The final run was driven home by Trey Bushling. As a team the Broncs only had three hits.
They were walked 11 times and the Wolves committed seven errors to aid the lop-sided win for the Broncs. Spencer Hansen, Porter and Bushling were the three Kern Valley players to get one hit apiece. Porter, Jaison Scruggs, Bushling, and Kieran McCarthy each recorded one RBI for the Broncs. On the bump, McCarthy got the start. He went two innings allowing no runs on one hit. He would walk two and strike out a pair of Wolves. Up next was Tyler Strange. He tossed two innings of relief and recorded a milestone. He gave up no runs and just one hit. He walked one and struck out three. The first out of the top of the fourth was a strikeout. It would mark the 100th strikeout of his varsity career.
Hansen came in to earn a save as he went the final two innings of the game. He gave up one hit and struck out three batters. Head coach Mike Genthner commented, “We were able to take advantage of several extra bases: walks, hit batters, and stolen bases. Three pitchers threw two innings each in preparation of what we expected to be out league opener on Friday. All three threw well and got the work they needed to stay sharp. Now we wait.
As of this minute, all games are suspended until April 14. That’s 11 games, or one half of our schedule, cancelled. Our players and their parents are disappointed. This team could be our best since our 2016 CIF finalist team.” Kern Valley will now have to wait to see if there is any more season left for them to play.