SBVC Uses Big Inning to Pick Up First Win

SBVC Uses Big Inning to Pick Up First Win

The San Bernardino Valley College baseball team used a five-run fourth inning to overcome a one-run deficit, then it was able to hold off visiting Ohlone College the rest of the way for a 6-4 nonconference victory Friday afternoon.

SBVC opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, loading the bases with no one out. Hitting out of the cleanup spot, Michael McQueen grounded into a double play to score Cy Robertson with the game's first run.

Ohlone put two on the board in the second, carrying the lead into the fourth inning. That's when the Wolverines' bats came back alive.

Kaleb Castro led off with a single to left, followed by a McQueen single up the middle on a hit-and-run play that moved Castro to third, and McQueen taking second on a throw to third. Brandon Alvarez walked, then Andrew Griffin followed with a walk of his own to score Castro. Ian Burns followed with a single to left that scored McQueen and Alvarez, and Griffin took third when a throw home was bobbled for an error. Cesar Ortega followed with a single to right, scoring Griffin and getting Burns to third. 

That chased starter Ray Hernandez in favor of Kieran Subramanian, who got Grant Davari to hit a sacrifice fly to score Burns, giving SBVC a 6-1 lead.

From there, it was up to SBVC starter Diego Castillo and the Wolverine defense. Castillo went seven innings, striking out seven, giving up a pair of unearned runs in the sixth and seventh before giving way to the bullpen. Thaddeus Layne pithced a scoreless eighth, and started the ninth before handing the ball to Mauricio Padilla, who got the final three outs for the save.

Castro and Alvarez were both 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Wolverines, who had nine hits. Meanwhile, the Renegades had 11 hits in the game, but left 13 men on base.

The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 10 a.m.