Jaguars score first win over Scripps Ranch
Austin Bernard had a triple and an RBI for the Jaguars against Scripps Ranch.
March 19, 2014Heading into the new season, Valley Center varsity baseball coach Ron Sisler knew that his team's success hinged largely on one particular aspect of the game.
"We're young, but we're pretty solid," he said before the season opener. "We can play with anybody, but it seems like every year it comes down to hitting. It's all about who gets that clutch hit when we need it."
The Jaguars cranked up the offense to get their first win of the season, a 14–13 barn burner at home against Scripps Ranch last Tuesday that came down to the final inning.
The Falcons exploded for nine runs in the top of the first, two runs in the top of the second and two more in the top of the third to jump out to a big lead. The Jags plated two runs in the bottom of the first, but trailed by 11 early in the game.
Valley Center's pitching staff settled in after the initial onslaught and held the Falcons scoreless through the final four innings.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars staged a comeback with seven runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to tie the game at 13. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Kobe Fleck came through with the game-winning RBI to give the Jags their first victory of 2014.
Dominic Antonacci got the win on the mound for pitching the final two innings and allowing only one hit. Colton Blakey pitched three innings and allowed one run on four hits and three walks, with one strikeout. Ryan Semon started the game and pitched two innings, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) on 12 hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.
At the plate, Troy Duncan had two hits and two RBIs, Fleck had two hits and the game-winning RBI, Shaye Miller had a hit and three RBIs, Austin Bernard had a triple and two RBIs, Antonacci had a hit and two RBIs, Blakey and Brad Dozier each had two RBIs and both Clay Sisler and Eric Ryan had a hit.
But the Valley Center offense struggled in the next two games, as the Jags lost to Murrieta Mesa 8–3 on Thursday and fell to Fallbrook 9–0 on Saturday.
The Jaguars have already played again, as they hosted Canyon Crest Academy on Tuesday. They return to the field next Tuesday to play at Torrey Pines before returning home to face Mission Hills next Thursday at 3:30 p.m.