BARSTOW • The Barstow High School baseball team dug their own grave on Wednesday.
The Aztecs lost 18-3 to Victor Valley in a game that saw them make mistakes that resulted in errors and cost the team runs. Barstow finished the game with five errors, but several other missed plays hurt the Aztecs without adding to their error total.
Victor Valley's Michael Dillard went to steal third base despite the fact that teammate Mitchell Hobbs was already on the base during the second inning. Barstow was unable to get either Jackrabbit out. After the Aztecs threw the ball to second base Hobbs came home and Dillard stayed at third base.
Barstow coach Roland FIte said his team wasn't concentrating on Wednesday.
"It was a comedy of errors," Fite said. "Especially in the second inning. There were just too many mental errors. Someone gets away with stealing third (base) and it's occupied. That not our game. You can't win like that."
Barstow trailed 3-0 after the first inning, but the game really got away from them in the second inning. They ended the second inning giving up seven runs, five hits and four errors in addition to allowing Victor Valley 13 at bats.
"They really let down (in the second inning)," Fite said. "They have to calm down and make an adjustment. I thought we were able to do that after that inning, but it was almost too late. An error can be infectious and it was for us today. I haven't seen us have an inning that bad since like 2005 or 2006."
The Aztecs did respond to Fite's adjustments in the middle of the game. They held the Jackrabbits to three hits and one run during the next three innings. However, an improved Barstow defense couldn't stop the offensive onslaught that Victor Valley put together in the sixth inning. The Jackrabbits put another seven runs on the board in the sixth inning on one Barstow error, three walks and seven hits including a two-run home run from Hobbs.
"The past five games we've been hitting really well as a team," Victor Valley coach Garett Gentry said. "Earlier in the season we had a few guys that were going, but now it seems to be everyone. I think as we start hitting the ball we're putting pressure on the defenses and forcing them to make mistakes. That's helping us as much as our actual hits."
Both teams went through three pitchers during the game. Barstow started Tyler Fulghum on the mound, but pulled him early in the second inning. Austin Crank relieved Fulghum and pitched until near the end of the sixth inning when Paul Haefele closed for the Aztecs. Crank led the team with three strikeouts, but also allowed four walks. Fulghum had one strikeout.
Victor Valley stuck with Aaron Coleman until the sixth inning when they brought in Daniel Perez. Blake Hagey closed for the Jackrabbits. Coleman had the only two strikeouts for Victor Valley and walked one batter while allowing four hits. Perez and Hagey allowed six hits in the final two innings.
Victor Valley 370 107 0 — 18 17 2
Barstow 001 001 1 — 3 10 5
Coleman, Perez (6), Hagey (7) and Dickinson; Fulgham, A. Crank (6), Haefele (7) and Luna. WP — Coleman. LP — Fulgham. 2B — Dickinson (V); Dado (B). HR — Hobbs (V).