By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Bakersfield matched its longest winning streak of the season as the Blaze won its third in a row with a 10-1 thumping of the High Desert Mavericks on Sunday afternoon at Sam Lynn Ballpark.
Bakersfield exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning and had 15 hits total -- four doubles and 11 singles -- in scoring its second-most runs of the season. Bakersfield scored 14 runs in an April 28 win at home over Visalia.
After losing eight of nine to open May, the Blaze (14-29) has won six of nine, including the last three (two at Stockton and Sunday). Bakersfield also won three in a row from April 28-May 1.
The Blaze opened the winning streak Friday when starter Jon Moscot allowed one hit over six innings in a 1-0 victory over the host Ports. Juan Perez led off that game with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a groundout for the game's lone run.
On Saturday, Steve Selsky hit a two-run homer in a three-run 11th inning for Bakersfield. The Blaze beat the Ports 5-2 in 11 innings.
On Sunday, Juan Silva, Kyle Waldrop, Ryan Wright and Marquez Smith each hit doubles and starter Mike Dennhardt allowed one run and four hits over five innings. It's the third consecutive game a Blaze starter had pitched at least five innings and allowed one run or less.
Brooks Pinckard and Kyle McMyne each threw two scoreless innings of relief.
The series continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Sam Lynn Ballpark.
Palomar tops Riverside City at BC for CCCAA softball title
Palomar College defeated Riverside City College 7-2 at Bakersfield College to earn its fourth California Community College Athletic Association state softball championship, and its first since 2000.
The Comets (33-14) became the first team to lose the opening game of championship Sunday to come back and win the title since 2005.
Palomar's Brenna Parker pitched a six-hitter with three walks. She was tagged for a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, but still earned her third win of the weekend.
Mercedes Montanez led Palomar's offense in the finale, going 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI.
Palomar's Carlie Daniel, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the final, was named MVP of the tournament, and Parker was named Most Valuable Pitcher. Natalie Barrios of Riverside (45-6) earned Best Hitter honors, and Palomar shortstop Megan Bartee received the Golden Glove Award.