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Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 10:35 PM

Ontiveros helps Pack win wild one over GV in baseball

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Ridgeview High's second baseman, Kamron Willman, goes for a double play after tagging second base before Golden Valley HIgh's baserunner Andy Cantu gets there during Wednesday's game.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Golden Valley High's Josh Hernandez slides into third before the ball, right, makes it to the third baseman for Ridgeview, Luis Martinez, Wednesday.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Golden Valley High's team sprints out to their positions against Ridgeview Wednesday.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Ridgeview High's Manny Rodriguez takes a look around the bases before heading to third during game action Wednesday against Golden Valley High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Golden Valley High's Austin Toerner dives back to the bag while Ridgeview HIgh's Luis Martinez attempts the tag during Wednesday's game.

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    By Casey Christie/ The Californian

    Golden Valley baserunner Josh Hernandez beats the tag at third Wednesday while Ridgeview High's third baseman, Luis Martinez, makes the stop.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Ridgeview High's hitter Eric Ontiveros keeps an eye on the ball after a hit against Golden Valley High during Wednesday game action.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Golden Valley High's shortstop Blesam Sadang makes a play to first base Wednesday against Ridgeview High.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Golden Valley HIgh's pitcher Andy Cantu has a quick talk with catcher Pierre Morales during Wednesday's game against Ridgeview.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Golden Valley High's starting pitcher Andy Cantu throws against a Ridgeview hitter during Wednesday's game.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Ridgeview HIgh's starting pitcher Alex Villalobos throws against a Golden Valley hitter Wednesday.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Ridgeview High's outfielder Andrew Coleman goes afte a long hit ball by a Golden Valley hitter during Wednesday's game at Ridgeview.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    The Ridgeview baseball team works on some warmup drills before Wednesday's game against Golden Valley.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

A wild game in a wild Ridgeview season ended the only way that seemed to fit: With a wild pitch.

Kyle Willman raced home when Golden Valley pitcher Andy Cantu sent a pitch to the backstop with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the Wolf Pack beat the Bulldogs 7-6 at home to clinch at least a share of the South Yosemite League baseball title.

"We've become really good at just finding a way to win," said Ridgeview senior Eric Ontiveros, who hit the game-tying home run and earned the win as a relief pitcher. "We call ourselves the 'scrappers' because we just work and scrap for runs every time we're down."

Ridgeview (24-3, 9-0 SYL) scored three runs in the first inning but fell behind 6-4 before rallying.

This one was no normal comeback, though. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ontiveros launched a two-run home run to right field -- only to watch in horror as Golden Valley right fielder Anthony Guzman slammed full-speed into the outfield fence running after it.

Guzman knocked himself out on the play and then appeared to briefly convulse on the warning track. He regained consciousness and was coherent within minutes, and though he was still bleeding from his lip, he waved to the crowd from a gurney as he was taken into an ambulance.

Golden Valley coach Mike Gibson said after the game he was told Guzman would be OK.

"Worst home run I ever hit," Ontiveros said. "I was happy, then I saw him hit the fence. You never want to see something like that."

After about a 25-minute delay, play resumed in a tie game. Ontiveros didn't give up a hit the rest of the way. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Willman reached on an error, went to second on Ontiveros' sacrifice and to third on Alex Villalobos' groundout. With Chase Stebbins batting, Willman scored the winner.

"It's the attitude of the kids, and it's been like that all year," Ridgeview coach Jason Hunsaker said. "This was real big."

Ridgeview needs one win in its final three games to clinch the outright league title -- these teams play again at Golden Valley on Friday -- and the Wolf Pack remains in the running for the top seed in the Central Section Division III playoffs.

"Normally I don't care about seedings and things like that, but we've never been a No. 1 seed in school history," Hunsaker said. "It would be nice, because these boys have earned it."

Kyle James was 3-for-4 for Ridgeview, and Willman had two RBIs before his game-winning run.

Golden Valley pounded out 12 hits, but all of them came off of Ridgeview starter Villalobos. The Bulldogs left 10 runners on base, all in the first five innings.

"My kids battled, but we came up short," Gibson said. "We left (10) runners, and you just can't do that against a good team. They swing the bats too well for that."

Ontiveros relieved Villalobos with one out in the fourth and didn't allow a hit in 3-2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

"I just had to come in and shut things down," said Ontiveros, who was going to start Friday's game but will now be available only in relief. "I was hoping I wouldn't have to, but it was a good choice."

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