By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
GLENDORA -- Two days after failing to collect hits in key situations, the Bakersfield College baseball team blasted 21 hits and romped past Citrus College 17-9 on Thursday.
The game was decided early. BC (21-9 overall, 9-6 Western State Conference South) had an eight-run second inning and led 16-2 after four innings.
BC sent 11 men to the plate in the second. The Renegades had five singles and Blayne Ontiveros' first collegiate home run. Citrus had two errors early in the inning, making all eight runs unearned.
Jon Suda's leadoff homer in the third sparked a five-run inning.
Citrus' Alex Mancillas hit a pinch home run in the seventh and added a grand slam in the Owls' six-run ninth.
Brent Peterson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Jordan Turner was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Tyler Painton was 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs and Isaiah Turner was 2-for-5 with four RBIs for BC.
Taft loses to COS in 9th
VISALIA -- Corey Gilligan allowed just one run over eight innings for Taft College but the Cougars allowed two unearned runs in the ninth and lost 3-2 to host College of the Sequoias in a Central Valley Conference baseball game.
Taft (11-17-1, 6-11 CVC) will host Sequoias (19-10, 10-7 CVC) on at 1 p.m. Saturday.
BC cancer awareness
The Bakersfield College softball team will play host to Mount San Antonio College Saturday at 5 p.m. in a cancer awareness game.
Mount SAC has an assistant coach battling ovarian cancer, BC coach Sandi Taylor said, and the Renegades will wear teal uniforms in her honor.
Proceeds from the game will go to her care and a portion will also go to the local Relay for Life cancer fundraiser for Kern County.
Evening with Stephen Neal to benefit CSUB wrestling
An Evening with Stephen Neal, a fundraiser for the Cal State Bakersfield wrestling program, will be held May 1 at Stockdale Country Club.
A dinner, raffle and silent and oral auctions will be held. Tickets are $75 apiece. Checks should be payable to the Coyote Club.
Neal is a two-time national heavyweight champion wrestler at CSUB who is considered the top wrestler in CSUB's history.
After his collegiate career, Neal spent several years as an NFL offensive lineman. He was on three Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots teams.
Call (661) 302-4455 for tickets or more information.
Retirement event set for Taft College coach Bandy
Former Taft College football and softball coach Don Bandy will be honored at his retirement party and golf tournament on May 19.
The golf tournament begins at 9 a.m. A dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will follow at 7 p.m. at the Historic Fort, 915 N. 10th St. in Taft.
Call Jennifer Edmaiston to RSVP by May 4 at (661) 763-7829.
Videos, photographs and cards are being accepted and will be shared during the program. E-mail Maheal Maui at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jam wins playoff opener
Center Brian Butch scored 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting to lead the Bakersfield Jam to a 107-94 victory over the Dakota Wizards at the Jam Events Center in Game 1 of a best-of-three first-round playoff series.
Butch, a 6-foot-11, 240-pounder out of the University of Wisconsin, also led all players with 15 rebounds. He was 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
Bakersfield committed only 10 turnovers, and forced the Wizards into 20.
Jeremy Wise added 19 points, three steals and seven assists, and Derrick Byars added 13 points and three steals for the Jam.
Games 2 and 3 are Sunday and Monday in Bismarck, N.D.
Blaze falls to San Jose
Ryan Bradley pitched six innings of three-hit ball to lead the San Jose Giants to a 1-0 California League baseball victory.
The game was called in the sixth inning due to rain.
Bradley struck out three and walked one.
Blaze starter Chad Rogers (0-2) was charged with the loss despite allowing only one earned run in five innings. He struck out four and walked two.