By Richard Dawson
San Bernardino Valley College survived a two-out rally in the top of the ninth to beat visiting Victor Valley 3-2 on Saturday, March 29.
Wolverines’ relief pitcher Jeremy Moreno came in for his second inning of work up 3-1 and recorded two quick outs before the Rams made it interesting.
Pinch hitter Ronnie Leon doubled to left and Cory Brooks followed with a single to right, his third hit of the day, to score pinch runner Nick Laqusis to make it a one score game. Connor Garrison made it that much closer after his single to center put the tying run at second and go ahead run on base before Moreno retired Chris Solis to end the game.
With the win, SBVC (18-6, 10-2 FC) sweeps the four-game Foothill Conference season series against Victor Valley (5-22, 3-12).
The Wolverines added a crucial insurance run in the eighth when third baseman Mason Adams hit a sacrifice fly out to center to score first baseman Aaron Cisneros.
SBVC starting pitcher Brandon Conlin tossed 7 1/3 quality innings. The right-hander allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk while mixing in four strikeouts to earn his third win of the season.
Center fielder Mike Peluffo led the Wolverines with a two hits. Peluffo has multiple hits in three of his last four games, combining to go 7 for 15 in that time.
Cisneros, Peluffo and R. Garcia led off the fourth with consecutive singles. Adams came to the plate with the bases loaded and reached on a fielder’s choice to short stop that got an out at second while Cisneros scored from third. After Isaac Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, Daniel Ceballos hit into another fielder’s choice to score Peluffo and put SBVC up 2-0.
SBVC starts a three-game set when they travel out to College of the Desert on Tuesday, March 1.