Baseball Unable to Mount Comeback Against Bakersfield in Conference Opener

Photograph by Shae Hammond
Photograph by Shae Hammond


The Eagles lost their first game of conference play on Saturday afternoon to the visiting Bakersfield College Renegades.

After a quiet first inning, Bakersfield was the first to score at the top of the second thanks to a deep hit to left field from Harry Tyler that got Kyle Willman the run in from second base.

Mission would equalize in the fourth inning, with the bases loaded, batter Victor Gonzalez hit a single to center field running in Tyler Grissom from third base.

The eagles scored again in the fifth when Cade Spurlin took a swing to deep left field running in Josh Carlin.

The sixth inning would be scoreless with the Eagles leading 2-1.


In the seventh inning the Eagles defense and Ben Kaser, who came in to relieve starting pitcher Anthony Donatella, struggled to stop the Renegades.

With runners on second and third base for bakersfield, batter Patrick Raynier got out with a fly to center field but helped Willman in for a run.

The next batter up, Tyson Brewer, hit a double deep left off the fences that just barely stayed fair and got Brock Hallum in for a second score in the seventh.

Finally with two outs Harley Lopez hit a grounder down center field running in Brewer to score the Renegades last point of the inning.  

At the bottom of the seventh Carlin would score another run for the Eagles from second base bringing the score to 3-4 after a missed throw to first base by the Renegades.

In the eighth inning Josh Garcia went in for Mission to pitch a perfect inning, knocking out three batters in a row.

In the ninth inning Bakersfield scored one last time off a Reynier run from Lopez' single to left field.

At the bottom of the ninth the Renegades had Taylor Burns come in to pitch for Luke Andrews.  

Burns would walk three straight Eagles batters to load the bases with no outs.

Austin Toerner was put in to pitch the rest of the inning with two fly outs and a strikeout to shut down the eagles who were unable to capitalize  at the end.

These two team will meet up four more times this season and Mission's record is now 10-4 overall.

LA Mission will play its next game away at West LA College Tuesday February 28 at 2 p.m.