Vikings beat Roadrunners to snap losing streak
PALM DESERT • The Barstow Community College baseball team halted its losing streak at three games by beating College of the Desert, 4-0, on Tuesday.
The Vikings were outhit by the Roadrunners by a 10-8 margin, but made their hits count.
Gabriel Soto did well both on the mound and with the bat. The sophomore got the win, pitching seven innings and scattering six hits, walking three and striking out three. At the plate, Soto got two singles and drove in two runs.
Kris Soto picked up the save, allowing four hits over two innings, walking none and fanning one.
Gabriel Soto drove in the game’s first run, hitting a fourth-inning RBI single, then picked up another RBI in the eighth with a fielder’s choice. Peter Lelich hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Santino Bejarano brought in the second run of the eighth with a single.
Mike Martinez also got two hits, a single and double.
Robert Hook pitched a complete game for the Roadrunners, giving up three earned runs, walking two and striking out seven.
Mt. San Jacinto 8, Barstow 2
SAN JACINTO • The Vikings suffered their third consecutive loss to the Eagles on Monday, as the Barstow Community College baseball team fell to Mt. San Jacinto, 8-2, in a Foothill Conference game.
It’s the final time this season the two teams will meet up. Over three games the Eagles beat the Vikings by a 38-19 margin.
The home team had staked itself to a 5-0 lead by the top of the fourth inning. The Vikings got on the board by scoring single runs in the top of the fifth and sixth. Marcos Sanchez singled in the fifth and came home on a wild pitch, and in the following frame, James Carraway’s fielder’s choice plated Jayson Henderson.
The Vikings were outhit, 9-6. Gabriel Soto, Michael McNicholl, Sanchez, Alex Pollard and Kris Soto all hit singles, while Peter Lelich doubled. Every one of the Eagles’ hits was a single, but MSJ was also helped by three BCC errors.
Joshua Hendley got the start, pitching the first two innings and giving up no runs on one hit, striking out three. Mark Marinch (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits, walking four and fanning two, and Santino Bejarano (2ip, 3r, 2er, 3h) finished up. Each of the BCC pitchers hit a batter.
The Eagles’ Augie Gallardo got the win (3-3), pitching 7.2 innings of five-hit, two-run ball, walking one and striking out five. Jeff Ricker went 3-for-3 for the victors, driving in two runs, with Vince Canales (2-for-4) also picking up two RBI.
After the win and loss this week, the Vikings have records of 12-6 overall, 6-4 in the Foothill, and are in third place in the conference. Rio Hondo (13-5, 6-3) is first, followed by San Bernardino (12-7, 6-3).
The Vikings host College of the Desert on Thursday, with the first pitch at 2:30 p.m.