By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
REEDLEY -- Justin Martinez had a home run, double, single and three RBIs to lead the way as Bakersfield College downed Reedley College 6-2 Wednesday as part of the College of the Sequoias tournament.
The Renegades (18-7), who had lost three straight, trailed 1-0 and had been limited to two hits through five innings.
But in the BC sixth, Blayne Ontiveros led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch from losing pitcher Nick Lee (2-3).
Cole Hallum hit a sacrifice fly to center and Martinez followed with his fifth home run to give the Renegades a 2-1 lead. The five homers ties two other players for the most in the state.
In the BC seventh, singles by Ronnie Galindo, Kyle Nixon and Erik Williams loaded the bases with none out
Ontiveros ripped a two-run double to make it 4-1. Hallum hit into a fielder's choice, with Williams thrown out at home before Hallum stole second. Martinez followed with a two-run single.
BC starting pitcher Ryan Stapp improved to 5-0 with seven sharp innings. He allowed one run, four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Brad Lindsley finished up, going two innings and allowing an unearned run.
Reedley scored off Stapp in the fourth when Sergio Torres walked and Nick Pate hit an RBI double.
The Tigers got a run in the ninth on two BC errors and Nate Broaddus' RBI double.
The Renegades play host to Saddleback College (16-8) today at noon at Gerry Collis Field in the two teams' final games of the COS tournament.
Dravecky to visit Bakersfield
Former major league pitcher Dave Dravecky will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Night of Champions benefit dinner sponsored by the Kern County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dravecky was a standout left-handed pitcher for San Francisco and San Diego from 1982-89 until cancer in his left arm ended his career. His left arm was eventually amputated.
The event will be held on April 5, starting at 6 p.m. at Riverlakes Community Church, 4301 Calloway Drive.
Individual tickets are $50 apiece or a reserved table for eight is available for $500. Proceeds will go into the FCA Kern County scholarship fund to send local high school athletes to camp for team building and spiritual growth. Part of the proceeds will also purchase Bibles for student athletes.
Hodel's will cater the meal and a panel of speakers will also include Carl Dean, the offensive coordinator at Bakersfield College, and former BC football assistant coach Duane Damron.
More than $68,000 has been raised in the previous three events, according to Kern County FCA director Dave Washburn.
Call Washburn for more information at 661-565-6320.
Jazz acquires Jam's McNeal
The Utah Jazz has signed standout Bakersfield Jam guard Jerel McNeal, who has played a leading role in helping Bakersfield to a 32-13 start.
The Jam leads the West Division by a game over Santa Cruz.
McNeal, who played at Marquette, appeared in 44 games for Bakersfield and averaged 18.1 points, 5.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 30.3 minutes. He has scored at least 20 points in 17 games this season, including a season-high 42 points in a 109-102 victory over Fort Wayne on Feb 10.
"Jerel has been the MVP of our league and really deserves this opportunity," Jam coach Will Voigt said.