LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College softball team picked up a solid victory with a 2-0 win over Fullerton College in a non-conference game on Friday. It was the Marauders’ 18th straight victory.

Fullerton is ranked No. 5 in Southern California and No. 9 in the state, while the Marauders (28-7) are ranked No. 13 in the state and No. 7 in Southern California.

“One of our best wins today I think,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. “It was a pitchers’ duel. We were able to execute, kind of textbook stuff. … Key bunts, a couple of key hits, just enough for us to score.”

Briana Garrett continued her dominance in the circle, pitching the Marauders to the win after allowing just four hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in the complete-game shutout.

She also had some strong defense behind her as Isabelle Gomez made some solid plays at shortstop and Camrynn Stanbro caught a fly ball in center field and doubled off a runner at second base.

“Great pitching, great defense,” Vargas said.

AVC got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Garrett singled and was replaced by courtesy runner Ariana Gonzales, who moved to second on Kaitlyn Cronin’s sacrifice. One out later, Stanbro singled to bring home Gonzales.

Alyssa Tami got things started in the sixth inning as she tripled and then came home on Garrett’s sacrifice squeeze bunt.

“The girls are playing excellent softball right now,” Vargas said.

The Marauders learned that College of the Canyons lost a conference game to L.A. Mission yesterday, which helped AVC clinch at least a share of the Western State Conference title with three games to play. The Marauders play at Canyons on Tuesday.

College Baseball

AVC 12, Barstow 7

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College baseball team defeated Barstow 12-7 in the final game of a three-game series on Friday.

Alec Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Marauders (12-19, 7-10 Western State Conference), while Griffin Hagen was also 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Celso Castro IV finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Freddie Garcia was also 2-for-4 with one RBI and Wyatte Hendrie, Carlos Martinez-Mora and Joe Lamont all had one RBI apiece.

Barstow took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh, but AVC followed with an eight-spot in the bottom of the frame to go ahead 12-5.

Relief pitcher Ricky Jimenez picked up the victory, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in three innings. 

Andrew Garcia took the no-decision after allowing five runs, one earned, on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six frames.

AVC plays at El Camino in a non-conference game on Monday.

UAV 9, Benedictine-Mesa 7

MESA, Ariz. — The University of Antelope Valley baseball team held off No. 16-ranked Benedictine-Mesa 9-7 in a California Pacific Conference game on Friday.

With the win, the Pioneers (22-17-1, 17-5 Cal Pac) trail the Redhawks (35-10, 17-4) by half a game in the Cal Pac standings. The two teams will play a doubleheader today.

Junior shortstop Tyler Van Marter finished 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs for UAV, while junior first baseman Allen Pacheco went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, junior center fielder Cole Carder recorded two hits and two RBIs and sophomore catcher Gerardo Castaneda picked up two hits and an RBI.

UAV junior left-hander Isaiah Ramos earned the victory, allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

High School Baseball

Knight 11, AV High 0 (5)

LANCASTER — Knight pitcher Demetrius Freeman pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in an 11-0, five-inning victory over Antelope Valley on Friday.

The Hawks (11-5, 8-4 Golden League) got on the board in the third inning when Cody Turner hit a two-run triple. Freeman followed with a single to right to bring home Turner and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

Knight broke open the game with seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. Brian Dorame and Jonathan Galvan each had an RBI single in the frame, while a couple of runs scored on an error and Daniel Munoz hit a two-run double.

Jose Marquez had two RBIs for the Hawks, while Turner finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Pitcher Richard Hudson took the loss for Antelope Valley (8-9, 3-7) after allowing seven runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

Rosamond 10, Boron 6

BORON — The Rosamond baseball team beat Boron 10-6 in a High Desert League game on Friday at Boron High.

The Roadrunners were led by leadoff batter Sebastian Mercado, who went 3-for-4  with three RBIs and a run scored.

Dylan Delgado was 3-for-3 for Rosamond with two runs and an RBI, Alex Rivas finished 2-for-4 and Adrian Garcia scored three runs and drove in another.

Rosamond took a 6-0 lead in the top of the third, before Boron scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Rosamond scored four runs in the sixth and finished with 12 hits, to 11 by Boron.

Bryson Job and Skyler Smith both went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Boron. Robbie Robson, who hit a home run, and Robert Salas both drove in two runs for the Bobcats.

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