RIDGECREST • While the Barstow softball team won in dramatic, walk-off fashion on Friday, the baseball team was less flashy, but also got a win. The Aztecs played a road game in Ridgecrest and beat Burroughs, 3-2.
Just like in the girls' game, it was a come-from-behind victory. The Burros scored single runs in the first and second innings to take the early lead. The Aztecs tied it with two in the fourth, then scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth.
"Their AD was telling me he doesn't think Barstow has won there in five years," said Aztecs head coach Kenny Phillips. "We beat them two out of three last year, but both games were at home. For whatever reason, it's a hard place to get a win."
The Aztecs tied the game quickly in the fourth, as Storm Phillips smacked an RBI double, and came home on a Nathan Ridge single. In the sixth, Sean Schoffstahl came to the plate with the bases loaded, and drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run. The Burros were held scoreless in the bottom half and in the seventh, for the win.
Austin Willis pitched the first five innings, giving up two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out three. Austin Crank took over and got the win, allowing no runs over two innings, scattering three hits, walking none and fanning one.
Not only was coach Phillips happy with the win, he was pleased with the spirit shown by his players.
"Once again, we were loud the whole game," he said. "The guys showed character and a never-say-die attitude. They played all the way to the last out."
The win leaves the Aztecs with a 5-1 record. They'll be at Victor Valley on Wednesday, with the next home game on April 3 against Silverado.