By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Bakersfield Blaze fell behind big early, and made it interesting late before ultimately having the final out recorded in a rundown, and the Stockton Ports grabbed the opener of a three-game series by the final score of 7-5 at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton.
Facing Ports starter Tim Atherton (W, 1-0) for the second time in a week, the Blaze figured to have their hands full, and after a quick start for the bats, Atherton took control.
Neither team scored in the 1st, but the Blaze took their only lead of the game in the top of the second when John Tolisano singled, and Juan Perez slugged his second homer of the season, a line drive shot to right, putting Bakerfield on top, 2-0.
The Ports charged right back, and never trailed the rest of the way. Drew Cisco (L, 1-1), who was outstanding in the first, third, and fourth, ran into big trouble in the second and fifth.
GLENDALE -- Paul Cooper shot a team-leading 79, and BC finished fourth at the WSC tournament at Oakmont on Monday. Also for BC, Robert Chavez shot an 82, Carlos Fernandez shot an 86, Jeremy Troy had an 88 and Suraj Patel shot an 89.
Santa Barbara City College won the tournament. BC is next in action on April 28 at its conference tournament.