Baseball: Rio Falls to Long Beach City College

Rio Hondo pitcher Edmundo Fernandez tried to keep the Roadrunners in the game against LBCC, but was unable to stop the Vikings' bats.

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Rio Hondo pitcher Edmundo Fernandez tried to keep the Roadrunners in the game against LBCC, but was unable to stop the Vikings’ bats.

The Roadrunners battled the Long Beach City College Vikings at The Jungle Saturday, March 15. Rio jumped ahead early on but were unable to hold the lead, falling to LBCC, 5-4.

Rio got on the board in the very first inning, thanks to right-fielder John Sabajan and first-baseman Luis Aguilar. With a couple singles, Sabajan and Aguilar were able to drive in left-fielder Nick Ybarra and Steven Mendoza, respectively.

It was a two-point lead after the first for Rio, but they weren’t ahead for long.

In the top of the third inning, LBCC right-fielder Steven Delgado and second-baseman Raul Gonzalez found themselves on base with Reese Berberet coming up to bat. The third-baseman, Berberet smacked a ball from Rio pitcher Jake Gaudet.

Berberet’s smack resulted in a home-run, driving Delgado and Gonzalez in, and giving LBCC the 3-2 lead.

Later on, in the sixth inning, Vikings’ first-baseman Mark Stanford was able to hit a home-run of his own. This time a two-run homer off of Roadrunner pitcher Edmundo Fernandez. Stanford’s home run increased the Viking’s lead to three, at 5-2.

It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Roadrunners got on the scoreboard again. Nick Ybarra hit a two-run home run but it wasn’t enough to spark a rally.

Neither team scored after that, and the LBCC Vikings earned the 5-4 victory over Rio Hondo. The loss dropped the Roadrunners record to 8-13 on the season.

Rio will move on and play three games this upcoming week. They battle LA Harbor Tuesday and Thursday, and Bakersfield College Saturday at The Jungle.

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