After dropping its first seven league games, the Baldwin Park baseball team concluded an otherwise subpar season on a high note, winning its last five games in a row, including Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Pomona Red Devils in a Valle Vista matchup.
Baldwin Park(11-12-1, 5-7 VVL) defeated league frontrunner Nogales 10-2 in the second game of its two game series, snapping the Nobles’ 17-game winning streak.
“Nogales made some mistakes which allowed us to score some runs,” Braves head coach Jake Barendregt said. “Even without the errors, I think we could still have scored four, five runs in the game.”
It looked as if Pomona (3-18-1, 0-12) had something going as it would score first against Braves starter Eddie Gutierrez to take a brief 1-0 lead.
Ben Fonseca would come in the second inning to shut out the Red Devils, allowing four hits and three strikeouts. Fonseca would also help himself with the bat,
scoring the Braves’ first run in the second inning on Jonathon Huerta’s RBI
Jordan Palacio would reach the very next inning and advance on a fielders’ choice. Palacio will then score on a single by Robert Velasquez to take the 2-1 lead, which would be the difference of the game.
“It’s one of those games,” Barendregt said, “but a win is a win.”
Baldwin Park concluded its season Friday as it traveled to Pomona for the second game of its season series.
“They’re gonna be hungry,” Barendegt said. “It is hard to get up for a team that has a poor record, but I tell the boys that they have to always be ready to play.”
Baldwin Park was ready, as they scored in four of the seven innings, including a three-run fourth and sixth to put the game away for the 9-1 win.
SIERRA VISTA SPLITS WITH DUARTE, LOSES MONTVIEW LEAGUE TITLE TO WARRIORS
The Sierra Vista Dons needed to win both games against the Duarte Falcons to finish with a share of the Montview League title, but the Falcons would have nothing to do with it as they defeated the Dons 6-5 on a walk off single by Sergio Garcia to score Drew Valdez in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday afternoon.
Sierra Vista won Wednesday 9-0 and had the momentum going into Friday’s matchup
The Dons (16-6, 11-3 MVL) took an early 3-0 lead when Nick Herrojon tripled and then scored on a single by Oscar Huerta who then scored when Gio Rivera tripled. Huerta would then triple again to score the third run.
The Falcons (16-8, 8-6) however answered with two runs of its own on a two-run homerun by Joel Ortega. They would then score three runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to four hits and a Sierra Vista error to take a 5-3 lead.
The loss drops the Dons to second place behind champion La Puente Warriors whom Sierra Vista split earlier in the year.