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Thursday, Jan 30 2014 11:14 PM

Hallum has strong debut as BC rolls in opener, 4-1

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    By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

    Cole Hallum delivers a pitch to a opponent in Bakersfield College opening game against Porterville College.

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    By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

    On a grounder in the top of the fourth BC's 2nd baseman Kyle Speaks throws out a Porterville opponet at 1st base.

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    By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

    In the top of the third BC catcher Junior Felix tags out Mitchel Villarreal of Porterville College on a long throw from outfield.

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    By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

    Rolando Martinez comes from 1st base, but was thrown out at 3rd on a popout in the outfield.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Cole Hallum hadn't pitched in an official game since the spring of 2011.

But he was Bakersfield College's opening-night starter on Thursday and worked seven sharp innings in the Renegades' 4-1 win over Porterville at Gerry Collis Field.

"It's been a while," said Hallum, who went 9-1 in 13 games for Centennial High as a senior in 2011. "I wanted to get on the mound again and see if I could get it done."

Hallum threw 92 pitches, according to BC coach Tim Painton, allowing the Pirates' one run on eight hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.

"This is not something we pulled out of our hat last night. He's been pitching all fall. He's someone who will help us a lot on the mound," Painton said.

"He came in with a tender arm last year and we decided at that point not to use him on the mound at all, to give him a chance to get 100 percent healthy. We knew by the end of last season he was (healthy) and we would use him on the mound this year."

BC scored twice in the third on Jake Verdugo's safety squeeze bunt single and Zach Tanner's RBI single. Kyle Speaks doubled and Rolando Martinez followed with an RBI single in the fifth and BC got its final run in the sixth on an error and Jared Solf's RBI single.

Hallum allowed three straight two-out singles in the third, but Derek Rosa was thrown out at the plate to end the inning and keep Porterville from scoring.

"We played great defense," Hallum said. "There were some hard hit balls and the defense came up and made plays."

Tanner, a freshman from Stockdale High, had a double in his first at-bat and the RBI single in his second. Martinez and Solf also had two hits each.

"All day long I was trying to keep my heart rate down and focus on the game ahead," Tanner said. "I knew once I got my first at-bat under me I'd be good."

"Zach Tanner squared up every single ball that he saw," Painton said. "He's been doing that since we got back (to resuming practice) a few weeks ago."

Painton said he was pleased with BC's defense, which had zero errors

"We also hit a lot of balls hard tonight," he said. "I thought the middle infield, both freshmen (shortstop Eddie Torres and second baseman Speaks) did a very solid job tonight. ... All in all, we're happy with the way we played. I'm very happy with the first night."

BC had five freshmen in its starting lineup.

"You don't know how people will react on opening night," Painton said. "I thought the freshmen played with a calm that I wasn't sure they would have and they all played well."

BC plays host to Allan Hancock tonight at 7 and hosts Sequoias on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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