The wind was howling like a pack of 50 hungry wolves on the Valley Christian Academy baseball diamond Monday, April 25. If you didn’t hang on to your hat, it would have been quickly blown away.
That describes what happened to the Coast Union Broncos — they were blown away by the Valley Christian Lions 16-4, and it happened quickly. By the start of the second inning the Broncos were down 7-0. After three innings, it was 13-1.
Head coach Brian Machado watched as his pitching staff plunked six batters and issued numerous walks while the defense dropped fly balls and committed errors of omission.
The good news after the Broncos had been taken to the proverbial woodshed for a thorough whipping? The game did not count in the Coast Valley League (CVL) standings. It was a nonleague game agreed upon by coaches because the Lions and Broncos each had two league games dropped from the schedule when Cuyama Valley’s team disbanded for the season in response to players’ academic ineligibility.
The powerful gusts of wind contributed to the poor play on the part of the Broncos, and the fact that the team hadn’t played a game in two weeks perhaps entered into the equation as well.
Even with the loss, after the dust had settled Coast was still 2-0 in CVL play, and the Lions were still 2-1. Valley Christian plays at Coast Union on Friday, April 29, in a game that counts.
On the positive side of that wind-blown beating, freshman David May, having spent time in a batting cage with a pitching machine, had two line-drive base hits; Auggie Johnson came in to pitch in the fourth and fifth innings and shut down the Lions’ offense; and Lane Sutherland belted a towering three-run home run in the fifth and last inning.
On Tuesday, the Broncos shut out Shandon in a CVL road game, 12-0, in five innings. May and Chase Volz each had two hits and each drove in a run. Cade Hollingsead had two RBI.
Volz pitched the first three innings, and Johnson worked the last two innings; each struck out four. The Broncos improved to 3-0 in the CVL. The next home game is at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 against Maricopa. That game will be broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5) and streams on www.ktea-fm.com.
The Coast softball team blanked Shandon 16-0 as Ellie Magnuson pitched her third no-hitter of the season and struck out 12. Maddie May belted four doubles, Ashley Martinez added two doubles, and Alyssa Drew had a double and a single.