SBVC's Patience at the Plate Helps Dispatch Coyotes

SBVC's Patience at the Plate Helps Dispatch Coyotes

The San Bernardino Valley College baseball team pounded out 15 hits Friday afternoon against Cerro Coso.

But they took the lead for good in the first inning with only one.

SBVC sent nine men to the plate in the opening inning, scoring three times thanks to four walks and a hit batsman as the Wolverines took a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish en route to an 11-7 victory over Cerro Coso.

With one out in the first, Kaleb Castro got the inning's only hit, lining the ball to left-center for a single. The next four men drew walks from starting pitcher Brandon Donohue, giving SBVC a 2-1 lead. After an infield fly popout from Raul Castro, Brandon Alvarez was hit by a pitch to force in the third run.

The Coyotes made it 3-2 in the fourth thanks to an unearned run, but the Wolverines batted around for the second time in the game. Cy Robertson led off with an infield single, then moved to second on an errant pickoff play. Castro doubled to left-center to score Robertson, and Michael McQueen followed with a double of his own to score Castro. Then, with one out Andrew Griffin reached on an infield single. Grant Davari singled to right to score McQueen, with Griffin going to third on the play. With runners on the corners, Davari broke early, and pitcher Jacob Rice threw over to first to try and pick him off, but the throw to second from first baseman Seth Moore went into left-center, allowing Griffin to score and Davari to take third, giving SBVC a 7-2 lead.

On the mound, starter Noe Delgado survived the fifth with the lead, despite walking five batters in the inning. He gave way in the sixth to Thaddeus Layne, who pitched the final four innings to record the save. The two pitchers spread out 11 hits over the nine innings, with Delgado striking out six and Layne fanning three.

Brandon Alvarez ended the game going 4-for-4 for the Wolverines with three runs batted in, while Castro was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI. McQueen finished 3-for-4 with a pair of walks, three runs scored and two RBI.