SBVC Baseball uses 14-run 7th to crush the Coyotes, 22-5

SBVC Baseball uses 14-run 7th to crush the Coyotes, 22-5

SBVC (13-9-1; 8-3) brought 20 men to the plate in the bottom of the 7th as the hosts were not so gracious to the visiting Ridgecrest Cerro Coso Coyotes (12-10; 4-7), 22-5.

With one more game remaining in the series with Cerro Coso, Thursday's victory by SBVC firmly sets the team in 2nd place in the final year of the Foothill Conference. Coming up is a crucial three game series against the Whittier Rio Hondo Roadrunners, with SBVC hosting on Tuesday, March 28th at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m.

SBVC scored their highest run output of the season, but this kind of lopsided score happened last season against the same opponent at the same place. The Coyotes traveled to SBVC on February 24th, where SBVC knocked off Cerro Coso, 27-6.

SBVC got the scoring started in the bottom of the second when sophomore third baseman David Osuna (Fontana Henry J. Kaiser) crushed a two-out solo home run to left, giving SBVC the early 1-0 lead. The Coyotes would tie up the game with a run of their own in the top half of the third.

SBVC would take the lead for good in the bottom of the third when sophomore right fielder Jesus Gonzalez (Rialto W.A. Carter) came home on a single to left by sophomore short stop Gerardo Torreblanca (Fontana H.S.) and freshman center fielder Billy Reyes (Yucaipa H.S.) came home on an error by the Coyotes second baseman, giving SBVC a 3-1 lead.

The home side would add another run in the fourth when freshman second baseman Anthony Lee (Menifee Paloma Valley) hit a one-out triple to right field and was brought home on a Gonzalez ground out, making the score 4-1.

Cerro Coso would add a run in the top of the fifth, and SBVC would add three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, when Torreblanca led off the inning with a single to center and sophomore first baseman Anthony Aguila (Redlands H.S.) doubled to center, leaving two on, with no on out. Then sophomore left fielder Breion Barron (Hemet Tahquitz) followed that up with a double of his own "Double-Double!" scoring Aguila and Barron. Barron would eventually come home on a single to right by sophomore designated hitter Jordan Babbitt (Highland Citrus Valley), giving SBVC a 7-2 lead.

The Coyotes would put up three runs in the top of the sixth, chasing SBVC freshman right handed starting pitcher Chris Rocco (3-2) (Fontana Jurupa Hills) who tossed five and a third innings, surrendering five runs, two earned, on seven hits, walking two and striking out three in grabbing his third win of the season.

Then someone lit a stick of dynamite because the SBVC offense exploded for 14 runs in the seventh. The inning started with Aguila and lasted nearly 30 minutes as 20 players dug in to take their hacks. In the end, every batter from 1 to 9 had scored a run and the first out was not recorded until the 14th batter in the inning. There were four doubles, eight singles, two walks, two fielder's choices and two hit by pitches in the inning.

SBVC would add a final run in the bottom of the eighth, when Osuna led off the inning with a single to left, then came home on a one out double to left by sophomore catcher Mike Quinonez (San Bernardino Cajon).

Photo by Wade Byars.
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