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By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian
BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The streaky nature of baseball is not playing to Bakersfield College's strength these days.
The Renegades lost for the fourth time in their last six games and fell into a second-place tie with College of the Canyons on Friday when Canyons posted a 6-4 win at Gerry Collis Field.
"We got outplayed. It's as simple as that," BC coach Tim Painton said after the Renegades fell to 17-6 overall and 10-4 in the Western State Conference South Division.
Canyons (14-9, 10-4 WSC) won its ninth straight with its second victory over the Renegades in two days.
"They started (this season) the way we're playing right now and they're kind of rolling right now like the way we were two weeks ago," Painton said.
Prior to this four losses in six games stretch, the Renegades had won eight straight and 13 of 14.
"We've got to correct some of the mistakes we're making and get back to swinging the bats a little bit better and we'll get back on the good side of things," he said.
Canyons converted a walk and three straight singles into three runs in the fourth against BC starter Darion Nunn.
BC scored twice in the third when Nick Sakowski walked, stole second and Kyle Nixon and Justin Martinez collected RBI singles.
The Renegades tied it in the fourth on Sakowski's RBI double after Rolando Martinez singled and stole second.
Canyons went ahead to stay in the seventh using the same formula from the fourth: a walk and three straight singles to score twice. The Cougars scored an insurance run in the ninth on two walks and an RBI single.
"We extended innings with walks and they had a lot of big two-out hits to score runs," Painton said.
BC had its chances.
The Renegades had at least one baserunner in every inning from the first through the sixth before reliever Allen Sarkisian replaced winning pitcher Steven Farnworth in the seventh inning and retired the first eight batters he faced.
With two outs and none on in the ninth, BC made it interesting when Erik Williams doubled and Blayne Ontiveros and Martinez followed with singles.
But Icezack Flemming replaced Sarkisian and struck out Cole Hallum, who was the potential winning run, to end the game with two runners on base. Flemming's save was the first for Canyons' staff this season.
BC is 11/2 games behind first-place Glendale, which didn't play Friday and hosts L.A. Valley today. BC and Glendale were tied for first prior to BC's loss at Glendale on Thursday.
The Renegades travel to Visalia to play College of the Sequoias at 1 p.m. Tuesday, then plays at Reedley at 1 p.m. Wednesday before hosting Saddleback at noon Thursday. All three of those games are part of the COS tournament.