SBVC outlasts Chaffey 11-6 in pivotal baseball game

The San Bernardino Valley College baseball team overcame a 5-0 deficit and surged past visiting Chaffey 11-6 in a pivotal Foothill Conference showdown.

Everyone had pretty much conceded the top spot to Rio Hondo. The only drama is will the Roadrunners run the table and who will be the team finishing second and also getting into the playoffs.

SBVC, Chaffey and College of the Desert are in the mix for that playoff berth and the Wolverines struck a big blow, securing the three-game series. They will go for the sweep on Saturday when the teams play at noon at Chaffey.

Credit this game to the SBVC bullpen as Kevin Verdeja was not sharp. And credit SBVC coach Bill Mierzwik for knowing when to swap out pitchers. The Wolverines trailed 5-0 after two innings and Verdeja was not in it for th long haul. out he came and in came Joshua Bagwell who was stellar the next five.

When Bagwell walked the first batter of the eighth, he came out and in came ace Adam Quintana. It was all the right moves at the right time.

Chaffey starter Kyel Abel pitched well enought to get the win, just as he has all season. But he did not get the support he needed from the bullpen.

The two teams have never really liked each other and there have been fireworks between them in the past. But the last two games both have focused on their own game and not gotten too caught up in the rivalry. That’s a good thing. Let your baseball playing speak for itself.

The last two weeks should be interesting with three teams in the playoff mix. Let the best survive!