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Prep baseball: Wrong side of walk-off

Local seniors fall to Bakersfield in 10-inning all-star game

Posted: June 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The original idea behind Tuesday’s Santa Clarita Valley vs. Bakersfield All-Star Baseball Matchup was to give senior players a final opportunity to showcase themselves in front of scouts.

Onlookers got more than they bargained for, as the two senior-filled rosters battled in a back-and-forth, 10-inning battle which ended in a Bakersfield 7-6 walk-off win at Bakersfield College.

Several different players got involved for the SCV team both on the mound and at the plate.

Coming in as the SCV’s sixth pitcher of the game, Hart’s Alex Tenorio surrendered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to put the SCV’s comeback attempt to rest.

Trailing 3-0, the SCV bats finally came alive in the sixth inning when another Hart player, Daniel Dietz, hit Valencia’s Quincy Quintero home with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

Tenorio followed with an RBI single in the seventh that scored Saugus’ Justin Sheehan, making it 3-2.

The offensive onslaught continued for SCV in the eighth, which finished with three runs and a 5-3 lead.

Saugus’ Nick Lombardi plated West Ranch’s Aaron Watkins with a sacrifice fly to start the rally. Valencia’s Alex Bishop then scored on a passed ball and West Ranch’s Dakota Hernandez hit an RBI single.

After Bakersfield came back to tie it 5-5 later in the frame, Watkins did his best to play the hero.

Watkins, who was named the team’s MVP for the game, pitched a scoreless ninth, then scored a go-ahead run in the 10th inning off a double steal.

He led the inning off with a double, was moved to third by a Dietz single, and then made it home when Dietz attempted to steal second.

At the time, SCV led 6-5.

Bakersfield got on the board first when it scored two runs in the second inning off a hit and two SCV errors before adding another run in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.

West Ranch’s Ryan Keller started for the SCV team and gave up all three runs, one earned.

Valencia’s Jake Roberge pitched two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth and West Ranch’s Steven Farnworth blanked Bakersfield in the seventh.

Canyon’s J.T. Arguellez allowed two runs in the eighth inning.

It concluded the first all-star matchup of its kind for SCV baseball.


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