Tiger Baseball Earns First Win Of The 2019 Season

After starting the 2019 season with five straight losses, the Reedley College Tiger baseball team broke into the win column Friday afternoon with a 7-5 victory over the Mission College Saints in Reedley.

The 1-5 Tigers are on the road for the next five games. The road trip was scheduled to start with a Feb. 5 (weather permitting) against DeAnza College in Cupertino. Reedley gets the weekend off after a Thursday, Feb. 7 contest at Ohlone College in Fremont before going to Sacramento City College on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Last week started for the Tigers with a tough 9-6 loss to Bakersfield College last Thursday in Reedley. The hosts built an early 5-2 lead before the Renegades scored six times in the seventh to take control.

Deagan Risnes (Lake Arrowhead) slugged triples in his first two at-bats and later added a double while Nick Martinez (Madera) hit a solo home run in the second.

The Tigers got in two games on Friday before a Saturday matchup with Napa Valley was postponed due to rain. In Friday's opener, Golden West hit three home runs in an 8-2 win over the Tigers. Trailing 6-0 in the seventh, Reedley scored twice on a two-run double off the bat of Henry Degnan (El Cerrito).

Reliever Trenton Vander Veen (Central Valley Christian) retired eight straight batters before allowing back-to-back home runs.

Freshman righthander Harrison Moy (Honolulu) started the Mission contest and threw five shutout innings, striking out seven.

Reedley took advantage of five walks and a hit batter to score five times in the bottom of the first inning. Martinez drove in the first run with a single while Tony Riley (Alameda) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Blake Costa (Tulare Western), Mitch Silvas (Redwood) and Martinez all finished with two hits for the winners.


By Will Goldbeck

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