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2013 Game Stories

  By Dave Loveton, Sports Information

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Tuesday, Apr. 30 -- So Cal Regional: SBCC at Compton, 2 p.m. #16 Compton 6, #17 SBCC 3 Final record: 20-17

Compton bounces Vaqueros from Regional, 6-3

 Albert Flores tossed a five-hitter on Tuesday and Compton used two home runs to top SBCC 6-3 in a Southern Cal Regional opener at the Urban Youth Academy.
 
The 16th-seeded Tartars (22-15), who tied for second in the South Coast Conference, snapped the Vaqueros’ three-game win streak. After giving up a run in the third, No. 17 SBCC (20-17) grabbed a 3-1 advantage in the sixth on a two-run single by Tony Simon and a sacrifice fly by Tyler Sharp.
 Juan Avena, who’s batting .400, tied it up with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth off Vaquero starter Tyler Gilbert. Chris Jacobs gave Compton a 4-3 lead with his state-leading eighth home run, a solo shot in the seventh.
 The Vaquero pitching staff only allowed one homer in 36 regular-season games.
 Shortstop Steven Reveles, the WSC North Player of the Year, singled in the third and finished his SBCC career on a 12-game hit streak.
 Compton, which has won 12 of its last 14, moves on to face No. 2 Riverside in a best-of-3 series.

SBCC …..…..… 000 003 000 -- 3   5   0
Compton …….. 001 002 12x -- 6   9   2
 Gilbert, Van Aken (8), Foote (8) and Dinges; Flores and Salcedo. W--Flores 3-1. L--Gilbert 9-2.
 2B--C: Terarzas, Chenoweth. HR--C: Avena (1), 6th inn., one on; Jacobs (8), 7th inn., none on.


Friday, April 26 -- SBCC at L.A. Pierce, 2:30 p.m. SBCC 12, Pierce 1 Records: 20-16, 12-8 (2nd in WSC North)

      Vaqueros cruise to 12-1 win
They hold Pierce to three hits in regular-season finale

 SBCC was playing its third game in four days on Friday but that didn’t faze the offense, which erupted for 12 runs on 12 hits in a 12-1 WSC North victory at L.A. Pierce.
 
The Vaqueros (20-16, 12-8), who finished second in conference behind Cuesta, end the regular season on a three-game win streak. Pierce finishes at 13-23 and 7-13.

 SBCC swept the season series with the Brahmas 4-0 and outscored them by a combined 50-17.
 Tyler Sharp went 2-3 with two runs and Brett Sesma was 1-2 with two RBIs. Michael Monteleone, a freshman from Santa Barbara High, went 1-1 with a two-run double in the eighth.
 Tyler Gilbert, the first of five SBCC hurlers, pitched three innings of scoreless ball to improve to 9-1. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out three. Stephen Foote followed with two innings of no-run, no-hit ball.
 The Vaquero pitchers only allowed one home run in 36 games and have the best ERA in conference play (3.27).
 SBCC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third on a double by Tony Simon, an RBI single by Sharp, a sacrifice fly by Andy Smith and a run-scoring single by Steven Reveles.
 Reveles extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games.
 For the first time in the history of the program, the Vaqueros will compete in the 18-team Southern Cal Regional for a third straight year. They’ll most likely play a first-round game on the road on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The pairings will be announced on Sunday.
 “It was nice to end our conference season on a high note,” said coach Jeff Walker. “We played well and got a 20-win season for the second straight year.”

SBCC …..….….… 030 041 022 -- 12 12  0
L.A. Pierce ….….. 000 001 000 --   1   3  4
 Gilbert, Foote (4), Neustadt (6), Villegas (8), Van Aken (9) and Dinges, Crowe (6); Keene, McWilliams (3), Blakely (6), Chavez (8), Bell (9) and McFaddin. W--Gilbert 9-1. L--Keene 0-4.
 2B--SB: Simon, Sesma, Monteleone. P: McFaddin.


Thursday, April 25 -- L.A. Pierce at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 7, Pierce 6  Records: 19-16, 11-8 (2nd)  

     Vaqueros rally for dramatic walk-off win
They score 4 in ninth to beat Pierce 7-6 and earn playoff berth

 With a playoff spot on the line Thursday afternoon, SBCC dug deep and came up with a four-run ninth-inning rally to register a 7-6 walk-off win over L.A. Pierce at Pershing Park.
 
Andy Smith went 3-4 with three RBIs for the Vaqueros (19-16, 11-8), who locked up second place in the WSC North and an automatic trip to the playoffs after Hancock beat Ventura 4-1.
 Santa Barbara will make its third straight trip to the Southern Cal Regional with a probable first-round game on Tuesday.
 “Our season was on the line and everyone had a job to do,” said Smith, a sophomore outfielder from Las Vegas. “Brett Sesma did a great job of coming off the bench and getting us started with that double.”
 A Vaquero victory was looking improbable going into the bottom of the ninth, when the Vaqueros trailed 6-3. Sesma opened with a pinch-hit double to left-center and catcher Jared Dinges followed with a single to left that chased Brahma starter Bobby Schauer.
 Smith drove in Sesma with a single and following a groundout, Payton Milone tied the game with a two-run single. He hit a sharp one-hopper to the right of the shortstop and the ball caromed off his glove into short center field, allowing Dinges and Smith to score.
 After Zach Zehner reached on an error, third baseman Kevin Torres came in to pitch. Torres hit the first two batters, Tony Simon and Tyler Sharp, on two pitches to force in a run and give the Vaqueros their first walk-off win of the year.
 “We just needed base runners in the ninth,” said Sharp. “We knew their last pitcher had only thrown four innings this year. After seeing Tony get hit, I was just thinking ’take’ and it grazed my stomach.”
 Dinges was 3-4 and threw out two runners trying to steal. He drove in SBCC’s first run with a two-out RBI single in the second inning. The Vaqueros extended it to 3-0 in the fourth on a two-run single by Smith. Pierce grabbed the lead by scoring five in the seventh on two hits, two errors, a walk and a hit batter.
 The Vaqueros committed three errors, leading to four unearned runs.
 Brendon Shoemake pitched 8 1/3 innings for the Vaqueros, giving up six runs (two earned) on seven hits. He struck out four and walked four.
 Ryan Massengale (3-1) got the win, coming on in the ninth with one out and a runner on second. He got a ground out and walked a batter before ending the threat on a 6-4 force out at second base.
 SBCC finishes the regular season on Friday with a 2:30 p.m. game at L.A. Pierce in Woodland Hills.

L.A. Pierce …….. 000 000 501 -- 6   7   2

SBCC …..…….… 010 200 004 -- 7  11  3
 Schauer, Achez (9), Torres (9) and D’Andrea; Shoemake, Massengale (9) and Dinges. W--Massengale 3-1. L--Achez 1-2.
 2B--P: Davis. SB: Sesma.


Tuesday, April 23 -- Oxnard at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 11, Oxnard 7  Records: 18-16, 10-8

Zehner, Jebbia pace 11-7 win over Oxnard
    
Detko tosses six innings of shutout ball

 Zach Zehner went 4-4 with two RBIs on Tuesday and SBCC’s offense came alive in an 11-7 WSC North win over Oxnard at Pershing Park.
 
First baseman Mark Jebbia was 2-3 with three RBIs for the Vaqueros (18-16, 10-8), who used 17 hits to snap a three-game losing streak. They took an 11-0 lead into the ninth inning but Oxnard (16-17, 7-11) scored seven runs in the ninth off three relievers, thanks to three hits, four walks, a hit batter and an error.
 Cuesta (13-5) claimed the conference title with a 7-4 win over Ventura. SBCC is alone in second, one game ahead of Ventura with two to play. The top two teams in the WSC North will earn a trip to the 18-team Southern Cal Regional.
 “We had a great bounce-back effort from our last game (a 4-3 loss in 10 innings at Oxnard),” said Zehner, who raised his team-high batting average by 20 points, up to .381. “We made sure we showed up and did what needs to be done.
 “We have to do a better job of finishing. But we got the job done today and that’s all that matters.”
 The Vaqueros are 10-5 at home this year and Zehner is batting .424 at Pershing Park.
 Freshman right-hander Connor Detko was sharp for Santa Barbara, holding the visitors to no runs on three hits in six innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.
 Tyler Sharp and Jebbia had RBI singles in the third and Tony Simon scored on a double play as the Vaqueros took a 3-0 lead.
They stretched it to 9-0 after a six-run sixth inning that featured eight hits. Jebbia had a two-run triple to start the rally and Zehner had two singles in the frame as SBCC sent 11 batters to the plate. Zehner’s infield single scored Steven Reveles with the ninth run and chased Oxnard starter Daniel Lerma.
 The first three batters in the Vaquero lineup -- Reveles, Payton Milone (3-5, 2 RBIs) and Zehner combined to go 9-14 (.643) with five RBIs and five runs. Reveles has a nine-game hit streak and also stole a base, boosting his state-leading total to 30. He needs five more to break Corey Krupp’s school record of 34, set in 2009.
 The Vaqueros lead the state in stolen bases with 95.
 “We’ve had a pretty crummy string of games trying to hit the baseball,” said associate head coach Justin Aspegren. “We came out aggressive today. We were hunting fastballs off their guy who was throwing predominantly fastballs. We found barrel for the first time in a while.
 “Our pitch selection was much better today. All we can do now is take care of tomorrow’s practice and see what happens on Thursday.”
 SBCC hosts L.A. Pierce on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and travels to Woodland Hills to take on Pierce in the regular-season finale on Friday.

Oxnard ….….. 000 000 007 --   7   7  0
SBCC …..…… 000 306 02x -- 11 17  3
 Lerma, Grajeda (6), Amezquita (8) and Hernandez; Detko, Massengale (7), Lambert (9), Neustadt (9), Van Aken (9) and Dinges. W--Detko 3-7. L--Lerma 1-2.
 2B--O: Guevara, Morelli. SB: Zehner, Smith. 3B--SB: Jebbia.


Saturday, April 20 -- SBCC at Oxnard, 1 p.m.  Oxnard 4, SBCC 3 (10 inn)  Records: 17-16, 9-8

Oxnard downs Vaqueros 4-3 in 10 innings
             Condors rally from 3-0 deficit

 SBCC took an early 3-0 lead on Saturday but Oxnard rallied for a 4-3 win in a WSC North game at Oxnard.
 
It was the third straight loss by the Vaqueros (17-16, 9-8), who scored all three runs in the third inning on an RBI single by Tony Simon and a two-run single by Tyler Sharp. Oxnard (16-16, 7-10) is 3-0 against the Vaqueros this year.
 Cuesta (12-5) topped Ventura 3-2 to earn at least a tie for the conference crown. The Vaqueros are tied for second with Ventura.
 The Condors scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh to tie it at 3. They won it in the bottom of the 10th on an infield error, another error on a bunt and an RBI single by Mark Fitzgerald.
 “We just didn’t play catch,” said coach Jeff Walker. “We got a little out of character after we went ahead.”
 The Vaqueros were held to six hits and committed two errors, leading to two unearned runs.
 SBCC finishes the regular season with three games next week. The Vaqueros will host Oxnard (Tuesday) and L.A. Pierce (Thursday) before traveling to Pierce on Friday. All three start at 2:30 p.m.

  (10 innings)
SBCC …..…… 003 000 000 0 -- 3   6   2
Oxnard ….….. 000 110 100 1 -- 4  11  1
 Gilbert, Van Aken (9) and Dinges; Conard, Espinosa (9) and Tinkham. W--Espinosa 2-3. L--Van Aken 1-1.


Thursday, April 18 -- SBCC at Cuesta, 2:30 p.m.  Cuesta 14, SBCC 10  Records: 17-15, 9-7

Cuesta starts fast, hangs on for 14-10 win
          Zehner goes 2-4 with 3-run homer

 Cuesta jumped out to a 14-1 lead after four innings of Thursday’s WSC North game, then held on for a 14-10 victory in San Luis Obispo.
 
The Cougars (17-15, 11-5) beat the two-time defending champion Vaqueros (17-15, 9-7) for the second time in three days to extend their lead in the conference race. Cuesta, winners of seven straight, has a two-game advantage over SBCC with four games remaining.
 Zach Zehner went 2-4 and his three-run homer capped a five-run fifth inning for the Vaqueros. Zehner is No. 4 in the WSC North with a .370 average and No. 5 in the state with 35 RBIs. Santa Barbara scored four more in the ninth, highlighted by Tony Simon’s two-run single, and had the tying run on deck when the final out was recorded.
 Cuesta starter Andrew Nelson gave up five earned runs in seven innings to improve to 9-4. SBCC’s Brendon Shoemake surrendered 10 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings on eight hits and four walks. Catcher Parker Hindle was 3-5 with three RBIs for the Cougars.
 Second baseman Brett Sesma went 2-4 with two RBIs and three runs for the Vaqueros.
 SBCC travels to Oxnard on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.

SBCC …..…… 000 150 004 -- 10  9  3

Cuesta ….….. 354 200 00x -- 14 17  2
 Shoemake, Neustadt (3), Lambert (7) and Dinges; Nelson, Peterson (8), Mullen (9), Beck (9) and Hindle. W--Nelson 9-4. L--Shoemake 4-3.
 2B--C: Domingues, Hindle, Stuart 2, Ruggles. HR--SB: Zehner (2), 5th inn., two on.


Tuesday, April 16 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  Cuesta 4, SBCC 0  Records: 17-14, 9-6

Cuesta blanks Vaqueros 4-0 in battle for first
              Martin holds SBCC to four hits

 Lucas Martin tossed a four-hitter and Cuesta blanked SBCC 4-0 on Tuesday in a first-place showdown at Pershing Park.
 
The Vaqueros (17-14, 9-6 WSC North) only had six baserunners the entire game. Two of the hits were infield singles and two others were erased trying for an extra base.
 “Tip your cap to their guy (Martin),” said SBCC coach Jeff Walker. “He was pitching on fumes but he competed. He was pitching on four days rest and he was out of gas by the fourth inning. But he competed and the game rewarded him and his team.”
 Martin, a 5-8 freshman left-hander, struck out seven and walked one while pitching his second straight complete game and fifth of the year. Connor Detko (2-7) pitched into the ninth for the Vaqueros, giving up four runs (two earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
 Spencer Ruggles went 3-4 and Travis Beck was 2-5 with two RBIs for the Cougars (16-15, 10-5), who won for the sixth straight time to take over sole possession of first with five games remaining. 
 “We only got the leadoff guy on once the whole game, in the second inning,” noted Walker. “We couldn’t get our momentum going.”
 The Vaqueros, who entered Tuesday as the top-hitting team in WSC play with a .311 average, were shut out for the second time this year and first time in conference.
 Cleanup hitter Tony Simon went 0-2 and his 25-game hitting streak came to an end.
 Zach Zehner singled in the first and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. With one out in the fifth, Mark Jebbia doubled to the deepest part of the park in right-center but was erased at third on a nice relay by second baseman Marco Murillo.
 “Both of those were bang-bang plays and could have gone either way,” said Walker. “Detko did his job and (Ryan) Massengale did his job but they got a bloop hit.
 “They’re a confident team and they’re playing well. When you’re playing well, things tend to go your way.”
 Massengale entered with one out in the ninth and runners on first and second. After a double steal forced the Vaqueros to bring the infield in, Beck blooped a single over the first baseman’s head to score two and make it 4-0.
  The same teams will clash on Thursday in San Luis Obispo with the first pitch at 2:30 p.m.

Cuesta ….….. 010 100 002 -- 4  11  1

SBCC …..…… 000 000 000 -- 0   4   3 
 Martin and Hindle; Detko, Massengale (9) and Dinges. W--Martin 6-4. L--Detko 2-7.
 2B--C: Shields, Ruggles. SB: Jebbia.


Saturday, April 13 -- Hancock at SBCC, 1 p.m.  SBCC 9, Hancock 4  Records: 17-13, 9-5

 Sharpe, Taylor power Vaqueros in 9-4 win
SBCC stays in first place; Simon’s hit streak hits 25 games

 SBCC jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead on Saturday at Pershing Park and never looked back in a 9-4 WSC North victory over Hancock. The Vaqueros took advantage of two hits and five walks in the first frame.
Tony Simon slides home safely to score from first on Tyler Sharpe's double. 
Tyler Sharpe went 2-3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs and Colby Taylor belted his first homer of the year -- a two-run blast to right field that capped a four-run fourth inning and stretched the lead to 9-1.
 “First pitch of the at-bat was a high inside curveball that really didn’t have much break,” said Taylor, a freshman left-hander from San Jose. “On the next pitch, I was sitting fastball figuring he couldn’t get it over for a strike. I saw a curveball out of his hand again and sure enough, in the same spot.
  “I turned on it and burned it.”
 Mark Jebbia went 2-3 and drove in a run for the Vaqueros (17-13, 9-5), who won their second straight and fifth in six games to remain in a first-place tie in the WSC North with Cuesta.
 Tony Simon singled to center in the sixth, extending his hit streak to 25 games. He’s hit safely in 28 of 30 games this year and he’s second on the team with a .319 batting average.
 Tyler Gilbert (8-1) got the win for the Vaqueros, giving up four runs in eight innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. He held the Colby TaylorBulldogs (13-17, 5-9) to one run on five hits in the first five innings.
 Hancock starter Marc Baker struggled early, walking eight batters in the first two-plus innings. He walked the bases loaded with one out in the first and Sharp drilled a line-drive single up the middle to score two. Simon scored on a fielder’s choice by Taylor and Jared Dinges singled in Sharp to make it 4-0.
 “With a guy that can’t find the zone, it gives us so much of an advantage mentally,” said Taylor. “He just shuts down and can’t throw anything for a strike but his fastball. And when he does, we just bang it.”
 SBCC swept the season series from Hancock 4-0.
 “We won the strike-throwing contest,” said coach Jeff Walker. “Kudos to our hitters because it’s tough when a guy’s throwing a lot of balls. It was a great job of working together, 1 through 9, in the first inning and we got to their bullpen early, which was a goal.
 “The one thing I was proud of was we stayed in character, we didn’t try to get outside of what we do. That’s a real positive.” 
 The Vaqueros host Cuesta in a first-place showdown on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Hancock …….. 010 003 000 -- 4  8  1
SBCC ………… 401 400 00x -- 9  8  1
 Baker, Skipper (4), St. Laurent (5) and Regalado, Welker (6); Gilbert, Van Aken (9) and Dinges. W--Gilbert 8-1. L--Baker 5-6.
 2B--H: Regalado, Bendele, Smith. SB: Sharp, Reveles. HR--SB: Taylor (1), 4th inn., one on.


Thursday, April 11 -- SBCC at Hancock, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 7, Hancock 6  Records: 16-13, 8-5 (1st-place tie)

Vaqueros hold off Hancock 7-6
 Taylor goes 3-4; Foote gets fifth save

 
Ryan Massengale and Stephen Foote provided solid relief out of the bullpen on Thursday and SBCC hung on for a 7-6 WSC North win over Hancock in Santa Maria.
 
Colby Taylor was 3-4 with a triple and an RBI and Tony Simon extended his hit streak to 24 games by going 2-3 with two RBIs. Tyler Sharp also had two hits and two RBIs for the Vaqueros (16-13, 8-5), who remained in a first-place tie with Ventura and Cuesta.

 SBCC starter Brendon Shoemake pitched 5.2 innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits. He struck out five but also had four walks and hit four batters. Massengale went 2.1 innings, giving up just one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Foote pitched the ninth for his fifth save. Hancock got a runner to second in the ninth in the ninth but Foote ended it by getting a forceout at third, a flyout and a groundout to first.
 SBCC built a 5-0 lead through 4 1/2 innings against Hancock starter Nathan Thompson, who brought a 1.77 ERA into the contest. Hancock scored four in the sixth to tie it at 5-5 before the Vaqueros regained the lead with two runs in the seventh. Taylor’s RBI single put the Vaqueros up 6-5 and Jared Dinges produced a run on a fielder’s choice.
 “It was a good victory on the road against a good pitcher,” said SBCC coach Jeff Walker. “In the end, our bullpen really picked us up.”
 The Vaqueros host Hancock on Saturday at 1 p.m.

SBCC ………… 201 110 200 -- 7 11   3
Hancock ……... 000 014 010 -- 6   6   1
 Shoemake, Massengale (6), Foote (9) and Dinges; Thompson, Girard (6) and Regalado. W--Massengale 2-1. L--Girard 1-3. Save--Foote 5.
 2B--H: Fight, Thomas, Bendele. 3B--SB: Taylor.


Tuesday, April 9 -- SBCC at Ventura, 2:30 p.m.  Ventura 8, SBCC 7  Records: 15-13, 7-5

 Vaquero rally falls short, 8-7
Simon extends hit streak to 23 games

 SBCC scored three in the ninth on Tuesday but couldn’t push across the tying run in an 8-7 WSC North loss at Ventura.
 
The Pirates (14-13, 7-5) moved into a three-way tie for first in conference with the Vaqueros (15-13, 7-5) and Cuesta. Ventura took the season series with SBCC, 3-1.
 Vaquero left fielder Tony Simon singled with no outs in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. Mark Jebbia went 2-3 and Zach Zehner was 2-5, keeping his team-high batting average at .394.
 After Santa Barbara tied the score 4-4 with two runs in the fourth, Ventura scored one in the fifth and three in the sixth to go up 8-4. The Vaqueros rallied in the ninth, thanks to a couple of hit batters and hits but couldn’t get the equalizer.
 “We were pretty disengaged both offensively and defensively but we did battle back a few times,” said coach Jeff Walker. “We loaded the bases in the ninth and had the tying run on first. We couldn’t get the timely hits when we needed them.”
 The Vaqueros take on Hancock in Santa Maria on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

SBCC …..…… 020 200 003 -- 7  10   5

Ventura …….. 103 013 000 -- 8  15   2
 Detko, Massengale (4), Foote (6) and Dinges; Weber, Torres (6), Davidson (9), Watson (9) and Mascorro, Burke (6). W--Weber 3-2. L--Massengale 1-1. Save--Watson 1.
 2B--V: Cronenberg. 3B--V: Patterson.


Saturday, April 6 -- Ventura at SBCC, 1 p.m.  SBCC 7, Ventura 3  Records: 15-12, 7-4 (1st place)

      Sesma, Gilbert pace 7-3 victory
SBCC takes over sole possession of first in WSC North

 Brett Sesma went 2-3 with two RBIs and Tyler Gilbert kept Ventura in check for 7 innings on Saturday as SBCC downed the Pirates 7-3 to move into sole possession of first in the WSC North baseball race.
 
Andy Smith hit a solo homer to left to tie it at 1-1 in the third and Steven Reveles and Tony Simon added two hits apiece for SBCC, which won its third straight to improve to 15-12 and 7-4. Ventura fell to 13-13 and 6-5.
Shortstop Steven Reveles
 “Tyler was pitching really well,” said Smith. “I got a good pitch to drive and made the most of it. It feels great to be in first place alone.”
 Simon, who’s batting .314, extended his hit streak to 22 games.
 Gilbert (7-1) gave up just three runs (two earned) on seven hits in seven innings. He got 13 of his 21 outs on fly balls. Gilbert’s ERA is 1.82 and opponents are batting just .180 against the freshman left-hander.
 Stephen Foote gave up one hit in the final two innings to notch his WSC-leading fourth save.
 The Vaqueros got a measure of revenge on Ventura pitcher Eric Hernandez, who tossed a complete-game 2-1 win against them in the WSC opener on March 5. In six innings, Herrnandez gave up four runs on eight hits with a walk and three hit batters.
 After Smith’s homer, Reveles tripled and Sesma brought him in with a double in the third. Simon gave the Vaqueros a 3-1 lead by driving in Zach Zehner with a two-out infield single.
 “Andy Smith got us started with his homer and kind of showed us the way,” said coach Jeff Walker. “It’s always nice to play with a lead.”
 Sesma made a perfect bunt down the third-base line with two outs in the fourth, scoring Jared Dinges and boosting the margin to 4-1.
 Ventura pulled within one at 4-3 in the seventh on an error, an RBI triple by Wesley Solomon and a run-scoring double by Harrison Crawford.
 The Vaqueros responded with two in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. They loaded the bases off the Ventura bullpen on three walks. With two outs, Sesma scored on an infield error and Dinges got an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
 The Vaqueros travel to Ventura on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Ventura ……. 100 000 200 -- 3  8  3
SBCC ….…… 003 100 21x -- 7  9  1 
 
Hernandez, Martinez (7), Coakley (7), Torres (7), Patterson (8) and Morton, Magana (7); Gilbert, Foote (7) and Dinges. W--Gilbert 7-1. L--Hernandez 3-2. Save--Foote 4.
 2B--V: Watson, Kelly, Crawford. SB: Sesma. 3B--V: Solomon. SB: Reveles. HR--SB: Smith (2), 3rd inn., none on.


Thursday, April 4 -- SBCC at L.A. Pierce, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 20, Pierce 7  Records: 14-12, 6-4 WSC North (1st)

Vaqueros get offensive in 20-7 win
      Zehner goes 5-6 with six RBIs

 Sophomore Zach Zehner went 5-6 with two doubles and six RBIs on Thursday, leading SBCC to a 20-7 WSC North rout of L.A. Pierce in Woodland Hills.
 
The first-place Vaqueros (14-12, 6-4) have won two straight and four of their last five. They took an early 5-1 lead before Pierce (9-17, 3-7) tied it with four in the fourth.
 Santa Barbara broke it open with six runs in the fifth. Tyler Sharp blasted his first homer and Zehner had a two-out, three-run double. SBCC added four more in the sixth to go up 15-5.
 Brett Sesma was 3-7 with three RBIs while Colby Taylor and Andy Smith went 3-6 on a day when the Vaqueros posted season highs in runs and hits (23). Zehner, Taylor and Mark Jebbia each had two doubles.
 Tony Simon extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a single in the third against Pierce starter Derek Sesma, the brother of SBCC's Brett Sesma.
 Shortstop Steven Reveles was 3-5 with three runs and two stolen bases, boosting his state-leading total to 27. Reveles moved up to second with a .432 batting average in WSC games.
 “It was a good performance offensively,” said coach Jeff Walker. “We got Vaqueros on and we got Vaqueros in. It was great to see us compete against the game like this as we opened the second half of conference.”
 Brendon Shoemake (4-2) went seven innings to earn the win, giving up six runs but just two earned. “He didn’t have his best stuff but he was a warrior,” said Walker.
 The Vaqueros host Ventura on Saturday at 1 p.m.

SBCC …………... 013 164 104 -- 20  23  5
L.A. Pierce ….… 100 400 110 --   7    9  7 
 Shoemake, Villegas (8), Lambert (9) and Dinges, Crowe (9); Sesma, Bell (5), Williams (6), Fischer (9), Kouroumousis (9) and D‘Andrea. W--Shoemake 4-2. L--Sesma 3-4.

 2B--SB: Zehner 2, Jebbia 2, Taylor 2. P: Tashjian, Zamora. HR--SB: Sharp (1), 5th inn., none on.


Thursday, March 28 -- Glendale at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 2, #2 Glendale 0  Record: 13-12

Gilbert, Foote sparkle in 2-0 win over Glendale
        Zehner, Sharp drive in first-inning runs

 SBCC left-hander Tyler Gilbert pitched three-hit ball for 6 2/3 innings on Thursday and Stephen Foote finished the job with scoreless relief in a 2-0 win over Glendale at Pershing Park.
 Gilbert retired the first 11 batters and finished with eight strikeouts and just one walk to help Santa Barbara (13-12) win a battle of WSC division leaders and the battle of the Vaqueros (both teams have the same nickname).
 Glendale, the No. 2-ranked squad in Southern California, fell to 17-8 with its third straight loss. The WSC South leaders scored just one run in the last three days and were shut out twice by SBCC.
 “Everything was working, I felt confident with every pitch I had,” said Gilbert, a 6-3 freshman from Santa Cruz. “It was nice to get two runs in the first inning.”
 The hometown Vaqueros struck early when Brett Sesma singled, stole second and scored on Zach Zehner’s double that landed just inside the right-field line. Tyler Sharp added an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
 Zehner has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and posted an RBI for the eighth straight game. He leads the team with a .378 batting average.

 Gilbert struck out eight and walked just one. Foote gave up only one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief with three strikeouts. They combined to fan the first two Glendale batters seven times.
 Gilbert lowered his ERA to 1.72 and opponents are batting just .168 against him.
 Tony Simon extended his hitting streak to 20 games by beating out a grounder to shortstop in the third. SBCC stranded 12 runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and two runners in the fifth and seventh.
 “We had two night games the last two nights and got back pretty late last night,” said coach Jeff Walker. “To get that kind of effort from Tyler was outstanding. We feel confident every time he takes the mound. Our guys like playing behind him, they play hard behind him and it showed.
 “He commanded the strike zone and our defense was outstanding the whole game. (Glendale) is a good team with good pitching so we knew runs would be at a premium.”
 Santa Barbara stole six bases, boosting its state-leading total to 78. Steven Reveles had one steal and he’s No. 1 in the state with 25.
 Tei Vanderford suffered the loss, giving up two runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked four.
 “Our conference is tough and it was nice to beat a quality team like Glendale twice in three days,” Walker added. “This should give us confidence that we can play with anybody in the state.”
 The Vaqueros are off until Thursday, April 4 when they travel to L.A. Pierce.

Glendale ……... 000 000 000 -- 0  4  1

SBCC ……….… 200 000 000 -- 2  7  0 
 Vanderford, Leach (6), Kim (8) and Whitmer; Gilbert, Foote (7) and Dinges. W--Gilbert 6-1. L--Vanderford 4-2. Save--Foote 3.
 2B--SB: Zehner, Dinges.


Wednesday, March 27 -- SBCC at Riverside, 5 p.m.  #6 Riverside 5, SBCC 1  Record: 12-12

No. 6 Riverside tops Vaqueros 5-1
 Simon extends hitting streak to 19 games

 Riverside took the lead with four runs in the third inning on Wednesday night and made it stand up for a 5-1 non-conference win over SBCC in Riverside.
 
Zach Zehner staked the Vaqueros (12-12) to a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the first that scored Brett Sesma. Tony Simon doubled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.
 The Tigers (17-9), ranked No. 6 in Southern Cal, answered with a run in the first and added four more in the third on a hit batter and three hits. Cody Stewart had a two-run double.
 Blake Burrell went seven innings for Riverside, allowing just five hits with four strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 0.29.
 Connor Detko (2-6) suffered the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked four.
 The Vaqueros will play their third game in as many days on Thursday when they host Glendale at 2:30 p.m. SBCC upset second-ranked Glendale 6-0 on Tuesday.

SBCC ………….. 100 000 000 -- 1   5   3
Riverside ……… 104 000 000 -- 5   6   1 
 Detko, Neustadt (7), Van Aken (8) and Dinges; Burrell, Molina (8), Kiest (9) and Deceglie. W--Burrell 3-0. L--Detko 2-6.
 2B--SB: Zehner, Simon. R: Stewart.


Tuesday, March 26 -- SBCC at Glendale, 6 p.m.  SBCC 6, #2 Glendale 0  Record: 12-11

      SBCC stuns No. 2 Glendale 6-0
Shoemake tosses 6-hit ball for 8 innings; Zehner drives in 3

 Brendon Shoemake turned in a masterful eight innings on Tuesday night and Zach Zehner went 2-4 with three RBIs as SBCC upset Glendale 6-0 in a matchup of WSC division leaders at Stengel Field.
 
Shoemake held the WSC South leaders, ranked No. 2 in Southern Cal, to six hits and struck out six in the nonconference game. Ryan Massengale came on with a runner on and no outs in the ninth and got the final three outs.
 Zehner had an RBI triple in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, when the Vaqueros scored twice to go ahead 5-0.
 Steven Reveles went 3-5 for Santa Barbara (12-11), which shares the WSC North lead. It was the second straight win and sixth in eight games for SBCC, which posted its first shutout of the season.
 Glendale (17-6) had its seven-game win streak snapped and lost for just the second time in 12 games.
 “Any win is a good win but beating a quality opponent is always nice,” said SBCC coach Jeff Walker. “Shoemake gave us a big lift tonight. This is the best opponent we’ve played all year.“
 The Vaqueros travel to No. 6 Riverside on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game.

SBCC ………...... 000 003 201 -- 6   9   1
Glendale ………. 000 000 000 -- 0   6   2 

 Shoemake, Massengale (9) and Dinges; Robinson, Dalzell (5), Kim (8), Frakes (9) and Strazzeri. W--Shoemake 3-2. L--Robinson 1-1.

 
2B--SB: Smith. G: Walker. 3B--SB: Zehner.


Friday, March 22 -- L.A. Pierce at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 11, Pierce 3  Records: 11-11, 5-4 (tie for 1st)

    Offense gets it done in 11-3 victory

Smith has inside-the-park HR; Gilbert fans 9 in 8 innings

 SBCC found its timely hitting on Friday at Pershing Park, rapping out 12 hits in an 11-3 WSC North win over L.A. Pierce.
 
The Vaqueros (11-11, 5-4) moved back into first in a four-way tie atop the conference. Pierce fell to 8-15 and 3-6.
 Andy Smith led off the sixth with an inside-the-park homer to right center, boosting the lead to 6-2. Smith went 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs in his first start of the year at third base.
 “First pitch fastball in the 9-hole (9th batter), that’s pretty much what you expect to get,” said Smith, of his inside-the-park homer. “I stayed middle with it and it just carried.
 “I guess the center fielder tripped or something, I had no idea why I was being waved home but I was happy I made it. We did a good job of taking good team at-bats today and did exactly what the game asked us to do.”
 Zach Zehner went 3-5 with two RBIs and Tony Simon was 2-4 with three RBIs.
 Freshman left-hander Tyler Gilbert (5-1) turned in a solid performance, going eight innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
 “That was an outstanding effort by Tyler and a great pick-me-up boost,” said coach Jeff Walker. “He threw up a lot of zeroes, even after we batted for a while in a few innings.
 “It’s been an interesting two days -- we turned a triple play yesterday and saw an inside-the-park homer today.”
 The Vaqueros broke open a 1-1 game with four runs in the fourth on run-scoring singles by Steven Reveles and Payton Milone, followed by a two-run single to right by Simon.
 Reveles was 2-5 and had three of the Vaqueros’ eight stolen bases. SBCC has 14 stolen bases in the last two days, boosting its state-leading total to 69, which is five more than Feather River. Reveles swiped six bases in the last two days to rise to No. 1 in California with 23.
 “It was a good bounce-back effort to finish off the week,” Walker added. “We were searching all week to find a guy to get the timely hit. As typically happens, once one guy does it, it puts pressure on the defense and it gets a little easier for others to do it.”
 Santa Barbara scored five more in the seventh, capped by a two-run single from Zehner, who’s second in the conference with a .395 batting average.
 The Vaqueros travel to Glendale on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. nonconference game.

L.A. Pierce …... 010 001 100 --   3   7   3
SBCC …………. 001 401 50x -- 11 12  1 

 Blakely, Keene (5), Achez (7), Feldman (8) and D’Andrea; Gilbert, Foote (9) and Dinges. W--Gilbert 5-1. L--Blakely 1-2.

 2B--LAP: Colon, Sawelson, Ramirez. HR--SB: Smith (1), 6th inn., none on.


Thursday, March 21 -- SBCC at Oxnard, 2:30 p.m.  Oxnard 4, SBCC 3  Records: 10-11, 4-4

Oxnard edges Vaqueros 4-3

  SBCC hits into four double plays

 Timely hits eluded SBCC again on Thursday in a 4-3 WSC North baseball loss at Oxnard.
 
The Vaqueros (10-11, 4-4) fell out of first place in the conference race. Oxnard (11-9, 5-3) is tied for first with Ventura.
 Mark Jebbia went 3-4 and Steven Reveles was 2-4 with three stolen bases for the Vaqueros, who got an unassisted triple play from second baseman Payton Milone in the fourth inning but also hit into four double plays. SBCC is 2-6 in one-run games this year.
 Santa Barbara trailed 4-1 after five innings. The Vaqueros scored a run in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Zach Zehner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly but Andy Simon flied out to end the game.
 “We’re still waiting for some big hits,“ said coach Jeff Walker. “We loaded the bases a few times today and left a lot of runners on base.“
 Connor Detko pitched his third complete game, going all eight innings and suffering the loss.
 The Vaqueros host L.A. Pierce on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

SBCC ……... 100 000 101 -- 3  8  2
Oxnard ….... 100 210 00x -- 4  8  4 
 Detko and Crowe; Conard, Espinoza (9) and Hernandez. W--Conard 3-2. L--Detko 2-5. Save--Espinoza 1.


Tuesday, March 19 -- Oxnard at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  Oxnard 11, SBCC 5  Records: 10-10, 3-3 WSC North

  Oxnard topples Vaqueros 11-5
Sharp has 3 hits for SBCC, which strands 16

 
SBCC couldn’t get the timely hits on Tuesday and Oxnard took advantage to post an 11-5 WSC North win at Pershing Park.
 
The loss snapped a four-game win streak by the Vaqueros (10-10, 4-3), who remained in first place in the wild conference race. SBCC, Oxnard, Hancock and Ventura are all tied for first at 4-3.

 The Vaqueros committed five errors, leading to six unearned runs, and left 16 runners on base. Jose Hernandez went 4-6 with three RBIs for Oxnard (10-9, 4-3).
 Designated hitter Tyler Sharp was 3-5 for the Vaqueros and Steven Reveles, Zach Zehner and Tony Simon all had two hits. Simon had a two-run single in the sixth.
 “With no disrespect to our opponent, I felt like we beat ourselves with too many free bases,” said coach Jeff Walker. “We left a lot of guys on base and couldn’t get that one big hit.”
 The Vaqueros left the bases loaded in the second, fourth and eighth innings and didn’t get a single run.
 Brendon Shoemake had his roughest outing of the year, giving up eight runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four, walked one and hit two batters.
 “It was an overall letdown by our team,” Walker added. “In the WSC North, there’s no easy games. Maybe we were looking past Oxnard a little bit and you can’t do that.”
 The Vaqueros travel to Oxnard on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Oxnard …..... 100 404 011 -- 11   13   3
SBCC …….... 001 003 100 --   5   12   5 

 Rodriguez, Grajeda (6), Messina (7), Abbott (8), Espinoza (9) and Hernandez; Shoemake, Van Aken (6), Villegas (7), Nested (9) and Dinges. W--Rodriguez 3-2. L--Shoemake 2-2.
 2B--O: Webberly. SB: Simon, Dinges.


Saturday, March 16 -- SBCC at Cuesta, 1 p.m.  SBCC 3, Cuesta 1  Records: 10-9, 4-2

Gilbert, Foote combine on 2-hitter
Vaqueros top Cuesta 3-1 to move into first

 Tyler Gilbert and Stephen Foote combined on a two-hitter Saturday afternoon and SBCC topped Cuesta 3-1 to move into first place in the WSC North baseball race.
 
Colby Taylor went 2-4 and drove in the first run with a single for the Vaqueros (10-9, 4-2), who won their fourth straight to forge a tie with Ventura atop the conference. Cuesta fell to 8-11 and 2-4.

 Gilbert, a freshman from Santa Cruz, outdueled Lucas Martin in a battle of two of the top left-handers in the WSC. Gilbert (4-1) went six innings, allowing just one unearned run on one hit with four strikeouts and two walks. Martin gave up three runs (two earned) in 7 2/3 innings.
 Foote pitched the final three frames for his second save, surrendering only one hit and striking out three.
 Gilbert lowered his ERA to 1.91, fourth-best in the conference.
 Taylor and Steven Reveles each stole two bases on a day when the Vaqueros swiped seven. SBCC is No. 1 in the state with 53 steals and Reveles is second with 16.
 The Vaqueros went ahead in the sixth when Mark Jebbia singled, stole second and scored on an error. In the seventh, Reveles walked, stole second and third, and tallied an insurance run on Zach Zehner’s two-out single.
 The Vaqueros host Oxnard on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

SBCC …..…. 000 101 100 --  3  9  1
Cuesta …..... 000 100 000 --  1  2  1 

 Gilbert, Foote (7) and Crowe; Martin, Fagolde (8) and Hindle W--Gilbert 4-1. L--Martin 3-3. Save--Foote 2.


Thursday, March 14 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 15, Cuesta 8  Records: 9-9, 3-2  

     Offense comes alive in 15-8 victory
Jebbia hits first homer at Pershing; Zehner has two triples

 Mark Jebbia went 3-3 with his first homer of the season and Steven Reveles and Zach Zehner knocked in three runs apiece on Thursday as SBCC’s offense erupted for a 15-8 win over Cuesta.
 The Vaqueros (9-9, 3-2) won their third straight with their second-highest season total in runs and hits (17). The teams combined for 23 runs on 28 hits with three doubles, five triples and two homers. SBCC' scored a season-high 18 runs with 20 hits on Feb. 16 in an 18-1 win over L.A. Harbor.
 Santa Barbara took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Colby Tayler and a run-scoring triple by Cory Bloom.
 Reveles went 4-5 with three RBIs on a day when all nine Vaquero batters had at least one hit. Zehner, Tony Simon and Bloom each had two hits.
 Zehner came up with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and promptly stroked the first of his two triples to left-center, driving in three runs to make it 5-1. The Vaqueros scored two in the sixth and sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh, scoring six runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, to boost the lead to 13-3.
 Connor Detko (2-4) held the Cougars (8-10, 2-3 WSC North) to three runs (two earned) on seven hits over seven innings.
 “Connor did a great job of grinding through,” said coach Jeff Walker. “He didn’t have his ‘A stuff’ but his stuff was good enough to limit a pretty good hitting team to two earned runs.”
Zack Domingues went 3-5 for the Cougars and Myles Franklin, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, had an RBI double and a three-run homer in the ninth.
 Jebbia led off the sixth with a line drive over the fence in left for SBCC’s second homer of the year and first at Pershing Park.
 “I felt a lot more relaxed, things were slowing down for me,” said Jebbia, a sophomore first baseman. “In the sixth, the first pitch was a curveball in the dirt and I didn’t think much of it. He threw another one, much higher in the zone, and I got extended on it.
 “It feels great to have everyone hit on the same day. We really showed how good we can be today.”
 Reveles drove in two runs in the seventh with his third single in as many innings.
 “We came up big in the RBI spots and split the gaps a few times with some key two-out hits,” Walker added. “It was great to see Jebbia rewarded for all his hard work. He’s done a great job of sticking with the process.”
 The Vaqueros travel to Cuesta on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Cuesta ……. 000 100 223 --   8   11   1
SBCC ……... 020 032 62x -- 15   17   4 

 Murillo, Peterson (6), Mullen (7), Kannenberg (8) and McCarthy, Hindle (8); Detko, Massengale (8) and Dinges W--Detko 2-4.L--Murillo 0-3.
 2B--C: Domingues, Franklin. SB: Dinges. 3B--C: Hindle, Ruggles. SB: Bloom, Zehner 2. HR--C: Franklin (1), 9th inn., two on. SB: Jebbia (1), 6th inn., none on.


Tuesday, March 12 -- SBCC at Hancock, 2:30 p.m.  SBCC 6, Hancock 5  Records: 8-9, 2-2

Dinges’ RBI single lifts Vaqueros

Shoemake fans 10 in 6-5 win at Hancock

 
Mark Jebbia tied Thursday’s game with an RBI single in the seventh and Jared Dinges delivered a two-out, go-ahead single that lifted SBCC past Hancock 6-5 in Santa Maria.
 
The Vaqueros (8-9, 2-2 WSC North) rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit, thanks to two hits apiece by Jebbia, Dinges, Steven Reveles and Tyler Sharp. Sharp started the two-out, two-run rally in the seventh with a double.

 Brendon Shoemake turned in a solid pitching effort, going eight innings with 10 strikeouts and one walk. He gave up five runs (three earned) on nine hits.
 Ryan Massengale pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.
 “Shoemake gave up three in the first, then settled down,” said coach Jeff Walker. “That was another outstanding starting effort for us. We fell behind early, then produced late. This was a great team win.”
 Ventura leads the WSC North at 4-0, followed by SBCC, Hancock, Oxnard and Cuesta, all at 2-2.
 The Vaqueros host Cuesta on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

SBCC ……….. 001 030 200 -- 6 11  1
Hancock ……. 300 020 000 -- 5   9  1 

 Shoemake, Massengale (9) and Dinges; Thompson, St. Laurent (6), Turner (8) and Welker. W--Shoemake 2-1. L--St. Laurent 0-1. Save--Massengale 1.
 2B--SB: Sharp. 3B--H: Witkowski.


Saturday, March 9 -- Hancock at SBCC, 1 p.m.  SBCC 5, Hancock 2   Records: 7-9, 1-2 WSC North

    Gilbert fans 12 in 5-2 victory
Reveles, Simon have two RBIs each in first WSC win

 Tyler Gilbert pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and struck out 12 on Saturday afternoon, leading SBCC to a 5-2 victory over Hancock at Pershing Park.
 
Gilbert, a 6-3 left-hander from Santa Cruz, helped the Vaqueros (7-9, 1-2 WSC North) snap a five-game losing streak. He gave up two runs on three hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk.Tyler Gilbert
 “I felt great in the first eight innings, then my arm started getting a little tired,” said Gilbert. “I felt confident with all my pitches until the eighth.”
 Shortstop Steven Reveles led the Vaquero offense, going 2-4 with two RBIs and two stolen bases. Reveles is No. 3 in the state with 13 steals in 15 attempts. Tony Simon was also 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
 The Vaqueros took a 3-0 lead in the third on an RBI single to center by Reveles and a two-run double down the left-field line by Simon. Reveles had another RBI hit in the fourth, scoring Colby Taylor, who had tripled.
 In the sixth, Payton Milone drove in a run to make it 5-0 with a two-out, bases-loaded fielder’s choice.
 “That was an outstanding effort by Tyler, his best of the year,” said coach Jeff Walker. “And he did that against a pretty hot and confident team. He set the tone for us early and kept them off the scoreboard until we scored.
 “The key was our timely hitting. We had several good two-out RBIs and that‘s what we‘ve been lacking lately.“
 Zach Zehner returned to right field after missing two games with an injury and had his 10-game hit streak snapped, despite a couple of hard-hit balls.
 Gilbert struck out the side in the first and seventh innings and fanned eight of the nine batters at least once. He didn’t walk anyone until the eighth when the Bulldogs (8-8, 2-1) scored both their runs on a walk, a hit batter and a two-run single by Ryan Welker.
 Cody Van Aken pitched the ninth for his first save.
 SBCC travels to Santa Maria to take on Hancock on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Hancock ……... 000 000 020 -- 2  3  1
SBCC ……….... 003 101 00x -- 5  7  2 

 Hernandez, Pino (5), Girard (6), St. Laurent (7) and Welker; Gilbert, Van Aken (9) and Crowe. W--Gilbert 3-1. L--Hernandez 1-2. Save--Van Aken 1.
 2B--SB: Simon 2. 3B--SB: Taylor.


Thursday, March 7 -- SBCC at Ventura, 2 p.m.  Ventura 2, SBCC 1  Records: 6-9, 0-2

Ventura tops Vaqueros 2-1 for 2nd straight game

       Detko pitches nine-hitter and suffers loss

 It was déjà vu for SBCC on Thursday as it lost at Ventura 2-1 and the Pirates got another complete game from their starting pitcher. The Vaqueros (6-9, 0-2 WSC North) also fell to Ventura 2-1 on Tuesday at home.
 Jacob Murray tossed a six-hitter for Ventura (8-8, 2-0). Connor Detko, a freshman right-hander from Royal High, went all eight innings and was the hard-luck loser. He allowed two unearned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
 Jared Dinges went 2-4 for
the Vaqueros, who took a 1-0 lead on Colby Taylor's RBI single in the fourth. Ventura tied it in the fourth and got the go-ahead run in the fifth on an error.
 “Detko pitched a great game,” said coach Jeff Walker. “Ventura has the No. 1 offense in the league (.308 average, 7.6 runs a game) and we held them to one earned run in 17 innings.
 “That’s a great job by our pitchers. We just have to get some timely hitting.”
 The Vaqueros loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth but Ventura ended it with a strikeout and a double play.
 Santa Barbara has lost three one-run games in a row and is 1-5 in one-run games this season.

 SBCC hosts Hancock on Saturday at 1 p.m.

SBCC ………. 000 100 000 -- 1  6  3
Ventura …….. 000 110 00x -- 2  9  3 

 Detko and Dinges; Murray and Burke. W--Murray 3-1. L--Detko 1-4.
 2B--SB: Jebbia. V: Watson, Cronenbold.


Tuesday, March 5 -- Ventura at SBCC, 2 p.m.  Ventura 2, SBCC 1  Records: 6-8, 0-1

 Vaqueros drop WSC opener, 2-1

Hernandez bests Shoemake in pitcher’s duel

 Ventura’s Eric Hernandez threw a seven-hit complete game on Tuesday to outduel Brendon Shoemake and hand SBCC a 2-1 loss in its WSC North opener at Pershing Park.
 
Hernandez allowed one run on seven singles with two walks and no strikeouts. Shoemake went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks. He also had three wild pitches.
 “Shoemake threw the ball very well and Ventura played very good defense behind their guy,” said SBCC coach Jeff Walker. “If we catch a ground ball and make an out, things could have been different. They scored the winning run on a throw-back to first base that we dropped.
 “If we had run the bases a little bit more intelligently … it’s one of those things. It’s getting old to hear but we beat ourselves again today. Give credit to their guy, he threw strikes and kept us off balance.”
 The Vaqueros (6-8, 0-1) took a 1-0 lead in the second on single by Tony Simon, a sacrifice and an RBI single from Tyler Sharp. The Pirates (7-8, 1-0) tied it in the fourth when Hayden Cronendale got to third on a walk, a wild pitch and a stolen base, then scored on Wesley Solomon’s double to the right-field fence.
 Solomon was 4-4 and scored the game-winning run in the seventh. He hit a leadoff single, stole second, went to third on an error and scored an unearned run when Simon dropped a throw from catcher Jared Dinges, who was trying to pick a runner off first base.
 Simon and Sharp each had two hits for the Vaqueros.
 The Vaqueros were playing without their leading hitter, Zach Zehner (.447 average), who suffered an injury in practice and is expected to miss at least three games.
 Zach has been the only guy who’s been consistently hitting,” said Walker. “We got guys on base, we’re just searching for that guy who wants to get a big hit with runners on base.”
 Jared Dinges singled with one out in the ninth but Cory Bloom popped out to shortstop and pinch-runner Brett Sesma was picked off first base to end the game.
 It was the fourth straight win for Ventura and fourth consecutive loss by the Vaqueros.
 SBCC travels to Ventura for a rematch on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Ventura ……. 000 100 100 -- 2  6  0
SBCC ………. 010 010 000 -- 1  7  3 

 Hernandez and Burke; Shoemake, Massengale (7) and Dinges. W--Hernandez 2-0. L--Shoemake 1-1.
 2B--V: Solomon.


Thursday, Feb. 28 -- SBCC at El Camino, 2 p.m.  El Camino 3, SBCC 2  Record: 6-7

      El Camino edges Vaqueros 3-2

SBCC held to 3 hits; Zehner extends hit streak to 10 games

 
Rafael Ramirez and Josh Mingura held SBCC to three singles on Thursday, leading El Camino to a 3-2 baseball victory in Torrance.
 The Warriors (6-7) took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, second and fifth innings. The Vaqueros (6-7) scored twice in the sixth on a run-scoring groundout by Zach Zehner and an RBI single from Tony Simon.
 Connor Detko pitched a six-hitter for Santa Barbara and Zehner extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
 The two-time defending WSC North champion Vaqueros open their 20-game conference season on Tuesday when Ventura comes to Pershing Park for a 2 p.m. contest.

SBCC ….……..…. 000 002 000 -- 2   3   2
El Camino ……… 110 010 00x -- 3   7   2 

 Detko and Crowe; Ramirez, Mingura (7) and Delgado. W--Ramirez 2-1. L--Detko 1-2. Save--Mingura 1.


Tuesday, Feb. 26 -- El Camino at SBCC, 2 p.m.  El Camino 7, SBCC 5 (10 inns)  Record: 6-6

     Vaqueros rally in 9th, fall in 10th
Milone goes 3-5 with 3 RBIs in 7-5 loss to El Camino

 Freshman third baseman Payton Milone went 3-5 with three RBIs on Tuesday at Pershing Park but SBCC still came up short in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to El Camino.
 
The Warriors (5-7) led 1-0 through six innings before both offenses came alive.
 El Camino snapped a 5-5 tie in the 10th on RBI singles by Daniel Timmerman and Justin McCullough.
 Starting pitcher Brendon Shoemake pitched well for the Vaqueros, giving up just one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and hit two batters on a day when four SBCC pitchers issued 11 free passes (six hit batters, five walks).
 “Brendon did a good job, I thought that was his best performance of the season,” said Vaquero coach Jeff Walker. “We did a good job of coming back after we dug ourselves a hole. We’ve just got to play better.
 “We’re actually going to be a pretty good team when we stop beating ourselves.”
 Dalton Erb, a 6-8 freshman right-hander, was solid for El Camino, tossing seven-hit ball over seven innings. He gave up three unearned runs and struck out 10.
 The Vaqueros (6-6) took a 3-1 lead with three unearned runs in the seventh. Steven Reveles and Milone had run-scoring singles to right field. After the Warriors went back on top 5-3, SBCC staged a dramatic rally to tie it in the bottom of the ninth.
 Tony Simon opened with a walk and Cory Bloom, Ryan Crowe and Andy Smith followed with singles. The Vaqueros had two runners thrown out at third, however, and were down to their last out.
 Steven Reveles walked to load the bases and Milone followed with a single down the right-field line that scored Crowe and Smith and tied the game at 5. Zach Zehner hit a grounder to third and Rex Calkins tagged out Reveles to complete a rare feat, making all three putouts at third base in the same inning.
 Zehner went 3-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. His team-leading batting average of .455 is ninth-best in California.
 Reveles, the leadoff hitter, had two hits and the top three batters in the Vaquero order (Reveles, Milone and Zehner) went 8-13 with four RBIs. The rest of the lineup batted .160 on the day.
 “We have too many holes in our lineup,” said Walker. “The good news is we’ve started to hit but we need some sophomores to start stepping up.” 
  The Vaqueros travel to Torrance for a rematch with El Camino on Thursday at 2 p.m.

  (10 innings)
El Camino ….….. 000 010 031 2 -- 7  10   3
SBCC …………… 000 000 302 0 -- 5  12   3 

 Erb, Nelson (8) and Delgado; Shoemake, Van Aken (7), Magnuson (8), Villegas (8) and Crowe. W--Nelson 1-0. L--Villegas 0-2.
 2B--EC: Palmer. SB: Smith.


Saturday, Feb. 23 -- East L.A. at SBCC, 1 p.m.  East L.A. 11, SBCC 4   Record: 6-5

  Offense struggles in 11-4 setback
East L.A. snaps Vaqueros’ five-game win streak

 East L.A. jumped out to a 9-1 lead after five innings on Saturday and SBCC was held to two singles in the first eight innings of an 11-4 nonconference loss at Pershing Park.
 
The Vaqueros (6-5) had their five-game win streak snapped and suffered their first home loss in four appearances this year. Sergio Luna went seven innings for the victory, giving up just two hits and an unearned run while striking out six and walking one.

 Luna retired 12 in a row from the third to the seventh.
 Left-hander Tyler Gilbert (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked three and hit two batters. On the day, five Vaquero hurlers issued eight walks.
 “It was a sideways game that favored them,” said coach Jeff Walker. “The momentum swung to their side early and we couldn’t do anything to get it back offensively or defensively.
 “East L.A. is a good team, they’re a playoff team. We won the week (going 2-1) and that’s our goal every week. We took some good strides this week and this was a minor setback.”
 Right fielder Kyle Peralta went 2-4 with two RBIs for the Huskies (6-5). He had a two-run triple in the third. East L.A. sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring six runs on four hits.
 Payton Milone and Zach Zehner singled to open the Vaquero ninth. With one out, Colby Taylor delivered an RBI hit. Jared Dinges added a two-out, two-run single up the middle.
 Zehner, who's batting .425, extended his hitting streak to eight games.

 The Vaqueros host El Camino on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

East L.A. …….. 003 062 000 -- 11 13  2
SBCC ………… 001 000 003 --   4   6  2 
 Luna, Moriel (8) and Tellez; Gilbert, Foote (4), Massengale (5), Neustadt (6), Lambert (8) and Dinges. W--Luna 2-1. L--Gilbert 2-1.
 2B--ELA: Tellez, Garcia. 3B--ELA: Peralta.


Thursday, Feb. 21 -- East L.A. at SBCC, 2 p.m.  SBCC 6, East L.A. 3  Record: 6-4

        Zehner sparks 6-3 comeback win
He goes 3-4 with 2 RBIs; Vaqueros rally with five-run seventh

 SBCC overcame a 3-1 deficit with five runs in the seventh inning on Thursday at Pershing Park and went on to beat East L.A. 6-3 in a nonconference game.
 
The Vaqueros (6-4) won for the fifth straight time, thanks to five hits in the seventh off three Husky relievers. Catcher Ryan Crowe’s two-run double to right field put SBCC ahead to stay at 4-3.
 Zach Zehner had another huge day, going 3-4 with two RBIs. The 6-4 sophomore right fielder from Torrey Pines took over the team batting lead at .432. In his last four games, Zehner is hitting .647 (11-17) with a homer, two doubles and 10 RBIs.
 “I’ve been thinking less, trying to keep it simple and get back to the basics,” said Zehner. “We just needed to get fired up. We were staying around with them, but we needed to start taking action.”
 With a runner on third and one out in the ninth, Zehner caught a fly ball in right and gunned down Justin De La Nuez on a one-hopper to the plate for a game-ending double play.
 “That was icing on the cake,” said Zehner. “Crowe did a great job of blocking the plate. We played great in the last three innings.”
 The Vaqueros were a little shaky in the first six frames with five errors and four walks. Connor Detko went six innings on the mound, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
 “Connor kept us in the game,” said second-year coach Jeff Walker. “We made some mistakes early but they weren’t able to capitalize to the extent they could have. We always say, ones and twos (in an inning) won’t beat us.
 “We took our best at-bats late and rallied for a good come-from-behind win. We got to their bullpen after hitting the ball hard and getting a run in the sixth.”
 Detko gave up an unearned run in the sixth, then escaped a no-out bases loaded jam by getting a forceout at home, a lineout to third and a groundout to second.
 Side-armer Cody Van Aken got the victory by escaping a two-on, no-out situation in his only inning, the seventh. He induced the Huskies to fly out three straight times.
 “Zach Zehner has been dominating in the last four games and that’s how he should play,” Walker added. “That’s exciting to see. We still haven’t put our best effort together at the plate.”
 SBCC has outscored the opponents 52-12 during its five-game win streak. They’re 3-0 at home this year and extended their home streak to nine straight wins.
 Noah Villegas allowed one walk in the ninth while earning his third save.
 The Vaqueros host East L.A. on Saturday at 1 p.m.

East L.A. …… 002 001 000 -- 3   8  0
SBCC .....…… 000 001 50x -- 6 11  5 

 Novelo, Chavez (7), Barela (7), Engels (7) and Lomelo; Detko, Van Aken (7), Magnuson (8), Villegas (9) and Crowe. W--Van Aken 1-0. L--Chavez 0-3. Save--Villegas 3.
 2B--SB: Crowe.


Tuesday, Feb. 19 -- SBCC at L.A. Harbor, 2 p.m.  SBCC 7, Harbor 4  Record: 5-4

Vaqueros notch fourth straight win, 7-4

   Zehner goes 3-4 with 3 RBIs at L.A. Harbor

 Sophomore outfielder Zach Zehner went 3-4 with two doubles and three RBIs on Tuesday as SBCC topped L.A. Harbor 7-4 in a nonconference game in Wilmington. Zehner has been on a tear the last three games, hitting .615 (8-13) with a homer and eight RBIs.
 
It was the fourth straight win for the Vaqueros (5-4) and put them over the .500 mark for the first time this year. Harbor fell to 1-7-1.
 The Vaqueros have outscored their last four opponents 46-9, winning 10-2, 11-2, 18-1 and 7-4. On Tuesday, they snapped a 2-2 tie with three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
 
Ryan Massengale, a 6-7 freshman left-hander, came on with one out in the fifth and SBCC clinging to a 5-4 lead. He earned his first college win by tossing 3.2 innings of scoreless relief,. He gave up just two hits and struck out five.
 Noah Villegas pitched the ninth for his second save. Four SBCC hurlers held the Seahawks to four singles.
 “We got a lead and then responded when they came back,” said coach Jeff Walker. “That was a great performance by Ryan Massengale.”
 SBCC hosts East L.A. on Thursday and Saturday. First pitch is 2 p.m. on Thursday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

SBCC …….…….. 110 031 001 -- 7  8  2
L.A. Harbor …… 000 220 000 -- 4  4  2 

 Shoemake, Foote (5), Massengale (5), N. Villegas (9) and Crowe; Avila, Baer (5), Hurtado (6), Konders (8) and E. Villegas. W--Massengale 1-0. L--Avila 0-3. Save--N. Villegas 2.
 2B--SB: Zehner 2, Taylor.


Saturday, Feb. 16 -- L.A. Harbor at SBCC, 1 p.m.  SBCC 18, Harbor 1  Record: 4-4

Milone, Zehner sparkle in 18-1 rout
 Gilbert allows just two hits with 9 strikeouts

 
Payton Milone and Zach Zehner both went 4-for-6 at the plate on Saturday, leading SBCC to an 18-1 rout of L.A. Harbor at Pershing Park.
 
It was the third straight win for the Vaqueros (4-4) and one of the largest victory margins in years. SBCC has outscored its last three opponents 39-5.

 Tyler Gilbert, a freshman left-hander from San Lorenzo Valley, went the first six innings to earn his first college victory. He held the Seahawks to an unearned run on two hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
 Milone scored four runs and drove in two. Zehner had a double, three RBIs and two runs for the Vaqueros, who led 9-0 after two innings. Tyler Sharp was 2-3 with three RBIs. Mark Jebbia, Colby Taylor, Jared Dinges and Ryan Crowe all had two hits on a day when SBCC outhit the visitors 20-4.
 Santa Barbara stole six bases (two by Taylor) and took advantage of seven Harbor errors.

L.A. Harbor …... 000 001 000 --   1    4   7
SBCC ……….…. 541 000 26x -- 18  20   2 

 McKeller, Garcia (1), Hurtado (2), Morales (4), DeLuca (7), Konders (7), Hughes (8), Skahill (8) and Villegas, Kissinger (  ); Gilbert, Van Aken (7), Magnuson (8), Lambert (9) and Crowe. W--Gilbert 1-0. L--McKeller 0-1.
 2B--SB: Zehner. 3B--LAH: Layton.
 Records--LAH 1-6-1, SBCC 4-4.


Thursday, Feb. 14 -- SBCC at West L.A., 2 p.m.  SBCC 11, West L.A. 2  Record: 3-4

Taylor sparks 11-2 win at West L.A.

 Freshman left fielder Colby Taylor went 3-4 with three runs and two stolen bases as SBCC celebrated Valentine's Day with an 11-2 romp over West L.A. in Culver City.
 Tony Simon had two doubles and Steven Reveles was 2-3 for the Vaqueros (3-4), who broke open a 5-2 game with four runs in the sixth. Zach Zehner hit SBCC's first homer of the year -- a two-run blast in the third.
 SBCC stole seven bases with Taylor, Simon and Reveles swiping two each. 

 Connor Detko earned his first collegiate victory, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings. Stephen Foote didn't allow a run over the final four frames to earn his first save.
 The Vaqueros will host L.A. Harbor on Saturday at 1 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 12 -- West L.A. at SBCC, 2 p.m.  SBCC 10, West L.A. 2  Record: 2-4

 Vaqueros cruise in home opener, 10-2
Shoemake holds West L.A. to four hits in seven innings

 Brendon Shoemake tossed four-hit ball for seven innings on Tuesday and the bottom of SBCC’s order came through in a big way to help the Vaqueros down West L.A. 10-2 in their home opener at Pershing Park.
 
Shoemake gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Leading 8-2, he walked the leadoff batter in the eighth and was replaced by left-hander Ryan Massengale. Massengale didn’t allow a hit and struck out four in the last two innings.
 “I was a little under the weather today,“ said Shoemake, a 6-4 right-handed sophomore from La Canada. “And I’m still recovering from a sprained ankle. But as soon as I got on the mound, my momentum started kicking in.
 “Our defense was good and the offense stacked on the runs.”
 Center fielder Andy Smith, the No. 9 hitter, went 2-2 with two RBIs and two runs for the Vaqueros (2-4). Catcher Ryan Crowe, who bats No. 8, was 1-2 with three runs scored and an RBI.
 The Vaqueros rapped out 10 hits with eight of nine starters getting at least one. SBCC benefited from five walks and seven wild pitches by West L.A. (1-3).
 “Brendon was our main guy last year and it’s not surprising to see him pitch well at home,” said coach Jeff Walker. “He hasn’t pitched in three weeks. He wasn’t sharp but he competed. His stuff was better than their stuff.
 “I hope he’s not satisfied with his performance. He can pitch much, much, much better than he did today and our whole team can play better. A win is a win and it’s good to get off to a good start at home.”
 Santa Barbara took a 5-0 lead after scoring four runs in the second. Crowe drew a bases-loaded walk, Anthony Simon and Tyler Sharp scored on wild pitches and Crowe came home on a sacrifice fly by Smith.
 SBCC travels to West L.A. on Thursday for a 2 p.m. game.

West L.A. ….. 000 200 000 --   2   4  1
SBCC …….…. 140 102 02x -- 10 10  3 

 Mason, Davis (2), McEntee (7) and Vargas; Shoemake, Massengale (8) and Crowe. W--Shoemake 1-0. L--Mason 0-1.
 2B--WLA: Haney. 3B--WLA: Barbini.


Saturday, Feb. 9 -- SBCC at Saddleback (DH), 3 & 6 p.m.  Saddleback 6-7, SBCC 5-0  Record: 1-4

Saddleback sweeps Vaqueros
 
Crowe goes 4-7 in doubleheader

 SBCC couldn’t hold a 5-0 lead in the opener on Saturday in Mission Viejo and went on to suffer a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Saddleback. The scores were 6-5 and 7-0.
 
Zach Zehner went 2-3, Steven Reveles was 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored and catcher Ryan Crowe was 2-4. The Vaqueros (1-4) built a 5-0 lead after two innings in the opener before surrendering 1, 3 and 2 runs in the Gauchos’ last three at-bats.
 Josh Fuentes had an RBI single in the eighth for Saddleback (6-0) and Eric Ehlow won it with an infield RBI single.
 After getting 10 hits in the first game, the Vaqueros were held to three in the second game, which was played under the lights at Doug Fritz Field. Winning pitcher Seth Pederson gave up no runs on two hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.
 Saddleback broke open a 2-0 game with five runs in the eighth.
 Connor Detko went seven innings for the Vaqueros, allowing two runs (none earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts. Crowe went 2-3 at the plate.
 SBCC makes its home debut on Tuesday against West L.A. at 2 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 2 -- SBCC at Cabrillo (DH), 10 am & 1 pm  SBCC 3-3, Cabrillo 2-4  Record 1-2

Vaqueros split twinbill at Cabrillo
Gilbert pitches 8-inning gem in 3-2 win

 SBCC got a couple of solid starting pitching performances on Saturday in a doubleheader split with Cabrillo in Aptos. The Vaqueros (1-2) took the opener 3-2 and dropped the second game 4-3.
 
Tyler Gilbert, a left-handed freshman from nearby Santa Cruz, tossed five-hit ball for eight innings in the opener, allowing just two runs (one earned) with five strikeouts and one walk. Noah Villegas pitched the ninth for his first save.
 The Vaqueros got only two hits and scored all three runs in the fourth on Trey Barrett’s RBI fielder’s choice, a sacrifice fly by Tyler Sharp and a wild pitch that scored Tony Simon.
 Stephen Foote threw six innings in the nightcap for the Vaqueros, allowing just one run on five hits. Colby Taylor went 2-4 with two runs.
 Santa Barbara took a 3-1 lead into the eighth but Cabrillo (2-1) scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth to get the win. The tying run came on an RBI bunt single by Eric Vegas and Drake Yoshio drove in the game-winner on a bases-loaded single with one out.
 SBCC travels to Saddleback in Mission Viejo for a doubleheader on Saturday.

  First Game
SBCC ........ 000 300 000 -- 3  2  1
Cabrillo .... 000 110 000 -- 2  5  3
 Gilbert, Villegas (9) and Jebbia; Hall, Garcia (5) and Colombini. W--Gilbert 1-0. L--Hall 0-1. Save--Villegas 1.
 3B--C: Olilvet.

  Second Game
SBCC ............ 001 020 000 -- 3  6  1
Cabrillo ......... 000 001 012 -- 4 12  4
 Foote, Massengale (7), Van Aken (8), Magnuson (9) and Dinges; Settles, Lackey (8) and Thorpe. W--Lackey 1-0. L--Magnuson 0-1.
 2B--SB: Reveles. C: Olivet 2.
 Records--SB 1-2, Cabrillo 2-1.


Friday, Feb. 1 -- SBCC at Cabrillo, 1 p.m.   Cabrillo 6, SBCC 3   Record: 0-1

Vaqueros drop opener 6-3
 
Cabrillo holds them to five hits

Cabrillo put four runs on the board in the first inning on Friday en route to a 6-3 win over SBCC in the baseball season opener at Aptos.
 
The Vaqueros managed just five singles and got all their runs on fielder’s choice groundouts, including two in the ninth. Santa Barbara loaded the bases in the ninth but Mike Murano got the last out on a flyout to right field.

 “It was disappointing, we had first-game jitters,” said SBCC coach Jeff Walker. “Hats off to Cabrillo. They came out ready to play and were rewarded.”
 Nat Hamby went six innings to get the win. Freshman Connor Detko also pitched six-plus innings and suffered the loss. Cabrillo had five hits in the first inning, including two doubles.
 The same teams will meet in a doubleheader today, starting at 10 a.m.

SBCC ….... 000 010 002 -- 3   5  0
Cabrillo …. 400 000 20x -- 6 10  1

 Detko, Magnuson (7) and Jebbia; Hamby, Deane (7), Murano (9) and Colombini.
 2B--C: Olivet 2, Colombini.



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