Saturday, November 28, 2015 • 07:02

VC baseball team scores big, but loses to Canyon Crest

Troy Duncan rips this pitch for a base hit.
March 26, 2014
Valley Center baseball in recent seasons has largely been about pitching and defense, all while hoping for timely hits to win close games.

This season, the Jaguars' bats have been active, but the pitching and defense have struggled to contain the opposition. The Jags have already scored 25 runs in the first six games for a solid average of just over four runs per game. But they have also given up 55 runs in that span and have only won once thus far in the new season.

Last Tuesday, the Jaguars hosted Canyon Crest Academy, got in trouble early and couldn't recover in an 18–6 loss.

Canyon Crest scored four in the first, five in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth before Valley Center finally blanked them in the fifth. The Ravens added three more in the sixth and one final run in the top of the seventh to bring the scoring to an end.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars scored once in the bottom of the first, as leadoff hitter Kobe Fleck drew a walk and later scored on a fielder's choice. The Jags got another run in the second, as Shaye Miller drew a walk and came in to score when Fleck was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

After a scoreless third, the Jags had a big inning in the fourth, as Eric Ryan, Fleck, Clay Sisler and Austin Bernard all scored to give the team four runs on three hits. But that was the last of the scoring for the game, despite five more baserunners over the final three innings.

Troy Duncan led the offense with a pair of hits and an RBI, which came in the bottom of the fourth. Bernard and Fleck each had a hit and an RBI, while Ryan, Brad Dozier and Colton Blakey each added a hit.

Ryan Semon took the loss on the mound, as he pitched the first two innings and allowed nine runs (seven earned) on four hits, with seven walks and two strikeouts. Blakey pitched four innings in relief and gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits, with three walks and one strikeout, and Duncan finished off the final inning, giving up one run on two hits, with one walk.

The Jaguars have already played at Torrey Pines on Tuesday and they return home to face Mission Hills on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

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