SBVC Right At Home Against Victor Valley

SBVC Right At Home Against Victor Valley

Playing at home, but as the visitors, did not slow down the San Bernardino Valley College baseball team Tuesday afternoon.

Opening a three-game series with Victor Valley - with all three being played at SBVC - the Wolverines pounded out 22 hits as they broke open the game with a five-run sixth inning to end up rolling past the Rams 17-6.

SBVC scored three in the opening frame, but the Rams came back with five of their own in the bottom half. But the Wolverines snatched the lead back for good in the top half of the second, scoring five of their own by batting around to lead 8-5 after two.

Leading 8-6 in the sixth, the Wolverines finally solved reliever Luke Riggs, who had shut out the Wolverines after coming in for starter Davenmarcus Rivera in the second. 

Jason Del Villar opened with a walk, and he went to second on a single to left by Cesar Ortega. Del Villar was picked off leaving early for a steal, but Ortega stole second one pitch later. Andrew Griffin walked, and Brandon Alvarez singled up the middle to load the bases. With two outs, Zachary Marquez looped a double just inside the right field foul line to clear the bases and give SBVC an 11-5 lead. Ian Razo relpaced Riggs, and he uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Marquez to take third, from where he scored on a single by Cy Robertson. Kaleb Castro followed with a double off the netting in left field, with Robertson scoring from first, making it 13-5.

That was more than enough for the SBVC bullpen. Diego Castillo exited after five innings, giving up all six VVC runs, but striking out seven. Relievers Mauricio Padilla, Creed Calderon, and Isaias Espirtu combined to allow six hits over the last four innings, holding the Rams scoreless.

Every SBVC starter finished with at least one hit in the game, with Castro a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with two walks, two doubles, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Leadoff batter Robertson finished 4-for-7, scoring four times and adding an RBI. Michael McQueen added three runs and two RBI, while Del Villar and Ortega ended with two RBI each. Marquez scored twice to go with his three RBI. 

The two teams will continue their series Thursday with an SBVC home game starting at 1 p.m. The game will be the annual Autism Awareness Game, with SBVC wearing their light blue socks to raise awareness and a special first-pitch ceremony. The series will conclude Saturday with a Victor Valley home game at SBVC starting at 1 p.m.