BY ESTEBAN RAMIREZ Special to The Californian
Jordan Turner homered and doubled to highlight a nine-run second inning that sparked Bakersfield College to a 12-7 victory Sunday over Golden West at Gerry Collis Field.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Renegades (6-1), finishing off a perfect three-game weekend as part of the College of the Sequoias tournament.
"I thought our offense; our hitters did a really good job," said BC coach Tim Painton, whose team had nine extra base hits. "At the same time, I thought we didn't play very good defense at times. But offensively I was very happy with our performance."
The Renegades had a big day offensively, scoring 12 runs in the first three innings, finishing with 16 hits.
Half of those hits came in the second inning, with Turner providing the big blows.
Following back-to-back triples by Cole Hallum and Luc Pomales, Turner launched a two-run homer.
A walk and a single chased Golden West starter Quentin McGrath (0-1), but BC's hitting didn't stop there.
One out later, Erik Williams followed with a two-run double. After RBI hits by Blayne Ontiveros and Justin Martinez, and a hit batter, Turner doubled home two more runs to give Bakersfield a 10-2 lead.
"Early in the game they were just really comfortable at the plate," Golden West coach Bert Villareal said. "We weren't getting anybody off the plate and they're a good hitting team. A real good hitting team. We fell behind by way too much early and just couldn't come back.
"We couldn't get anyone out. They were hitting the ball all over the place and got some bloopers here and there."
Turner, who led the Renegades in home runs (6) and doubles (16) last season, entered the game with just two hits in 20 at-bats this year.
"It was really good," said Turner of the inning when BC sent 13 batters to the plate. "It was like batting practice for everyone in the lineup so it was really fun to be a part of."
Ontiveros finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs and Williams had three doubles and three RBIs for the 'Gades. Martinez added two doubles and two RBIs and Pomales was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
BC started off slow and fell behind in the first thanks to an error that led to two unearned runs off 'Gades' starter Brad Lindsley (1-1).
"Momentum is a funny thing in the game of baseball," Painton said. "We get a couple of hits to start off that inning and we just kept having good at bats. You don't see nine-run innings very often, but certainly today we needed all of them to get through their lineup."
The Rustlers (3-4) scored three more runs in the third, thanks in part to another Renegade error, but Lindsley, Sean Deweese and Logan Campbell settled things down the rest of the way.
"We're off to a good start," Painton said. "Offensively, we're starting to get that part of the game going and we just need to get better defensively and we will. All you can ask for in community college baseball is to be better each week, and to be 6-1 early in the season we're happy with, but we still have a lot to improve on."
The Renegades travel to play Thursday at Allan Hancock, before opening Western State Conference South play Saturday at College of the Canyons.