Victor Valley 6, Barstow 2
VICTORVILLE Things didn't go as well for the Barstow baseball team, which lost to Victor Valley, 6-2.

The game started well, as the Aztecs scored a run in the first inning, with Colin Klein reaching on an error, moving up on Marcus Madero's fielder's choice, and scoring on an Austin Crank single. That 1-0 lead held for four innings, as starter Crank no-hit the Jackrabbits through four.

The no-hitter, and shutout, were broken up in the fifth, with Valley scoring twice. Austin Willis took over on the mound, even though he had been hit by a pitch earlier in the game.

"Willis got beaned on the elbow earlier and I think he was in pain, but he wanted to play through it," said Aztecs head coach Kenny Phillips. "He's a battler and he wanted to throw real bad. But once they scored, everything seemed to go their way."

The Jackrabbits added on four runs in the sixth. Barstow got its last run in the top of the seventh, as Nathan Ridge singled and scored on an error.

Crank allowed three hits and one earned run, striking out five. He also had an RBI, and two long fly ball outs.

"Crank had a good outing," said coach Phillips. "Things just got a little out of hand in the last two frames."

And even though the Aztecs had some adversity to deal with, Phillips was happy with how they dealt with it.

"We kept our composure and showed a lot of class. We'll have games like this and lose a couple of tough ones, but we'll come back. This one is in the rearview mirror, where it belongs," he said. "There's a lot of season left and we still have a good overall record. We'll practice hard and be ready for the next one."

Next Wednesday against Silverado begins a three-game homestand for the Aztecs. They'll host Granite Hills on April 5 and Burroughs on April 10, all at 3:15 p.m.