By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
LAS VEGAS -- Chris Francis scored at 5:23 of the third period Tuesday, lifting the Las Vegas Wranglers to a 2-1 victory over the Condors at Orleans Arena, eliminating Bakersfield from ECHL playoff contention.
Las Vegas scored first as Marc Cantin's shot from the left point was deflected in front by Adam Hughesman for a 1-0 lead at 2:25 of the opening period.
The Condors went on two power plays in the first period, but could not convert. Bakersfield outshot Las Vegas 11-10, but still was down by a goal entering the intermission.
Neither team was able to find any offense in a scoreless second period. The Wranglers were unsuccessful on their lone power play opportunity, but outshot Bakersfield 8-6, four of those shots on power plays.
The Condors tied it 3:38 into the third period, as Nicholas Tremblay converted a rebound off a Chris Haltigin shot past Wranglers goalie Mitch O'Keefe. Just minutes later Las Vegas took the lead for good as Francis scored on a slap shot through traffic.
Taft tops Reedley in 8th
TAFT -- Taft College pinch hitter Michael Vaquera, an East High graduate, hit a two-out grand slam in the eighth inning, his first hit of the season, to break a tie and lead the Cougars to a 10-5 Central Valley Conference baseball win over Reedley. Winning pitcher P.J. Matha (1-2) tossed four scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit with four strikeouts. Taft (6-13-1, 3-7 CVC) trailed 5-2 when he entered the game. Taft's Travis Tessandori and Luis Trinidad had three hits each.
Jam earns 30th victory
Damion James scored 17 points and James Nunnally scored 16 to lead the Bakersfield Jam past the host Tulsa 66ers 101-70 at the SpiritBank Event Center. The win, marked a franchise record for wins in a regular season (30).
Bakersfield (30-12) pulled away starting in the second quarter on the way to its fifth straight victory.
The 66ers (24-18) committed 24 turnovers compared to just 12 for the Jam.
Jerel McNeal finished with 14 points and Quincy Acy posted 12 points and nine rebounds for Bakersfield, and Stephen Dennis contributed 12 points and four steals. Rasual Butler led Tulsa with 20 points.
BC beaten in softball
Five Bakersfield College errors led to eight unearned runs as Glendale posted an 11-3 softball win at BC.
Morgan Petersen and Katie Hoffman had RBIs for the Renegades (2-19 overall, 1-5 Western State Conference Blue Division).
Glendale is 17-14 (1-3 WSC Blue).
CSUB athletes honored
Cal State Bakersfield senior left-hander Jeff McKenzie has been named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week.
McKenzie tossed his second straight shutout in a 12-0 win over Northern Colorado last Friday. He took a perfect game into the sixth inning and wound up with a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts. His consecutive scoreless innings streak is 18.2. McKenzie, who is 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA, is scheduled to start CSUB's first WAC game Friday at Sacramento State.
Cal State Bakersfield's Nicola Barrett has been named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season. Barrett, a freshman from Cape Town, South Africa, had five goals and two assists to help the Roadrunners sweep Marist and Iona in CSUB's tournament. She also earned the award for the week ending Feb. 18.
BC basketball camp
The Bakersfield College men's basketball team will host a basketball camp for children ages 5-17 Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Gil Bishop Sports Center.
The cost is $50. The camp will emphasize basketball fundamentals including shooting, dribbling, ballhandling, passing, defense and team play. Call BC coach Rich Hughes for information at (661) 395-4553.