Five-run, third-inning lifts Pirates to 11-2 win over Barstow

Five-run, third-inning lifts Pirates to 11-2 win over Barstow

PORTERVILLE --- New Porterville College head coach J.L. Buchanan recorded careen win No. 1 thanks to an 11-2 Pirates win over visiting Barstow Community College on Saturday.

After being held to just two hits in Friday's season-opener, Porterville's bats came alive on Saturday. PC totaled 12 hits, including three from Luca Dincola. He went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI to lead PC at the plate.

Dincola's two-run single in the bottom of the third inning scored Chris Ortega and Daniel Clancy with the go-ahead runs. The Pirates went on to score five runs in the third to erase an early 2-1 deficit.

J.T. Edmunds also had a big game at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 2 RBI and a pair of walks from the lead-off spot. Tyson Tellez (2 for 3) added two hits and drove in a run.

Aaron Hernandez pitched well in the start. He allowed two runs and three hits over four innings. He struck out 7 and walked four. Ryan Blondell picked up the win in relief as he closed out the contest with five dominant innings. He struck out 10 and walked two.

Porterville, now 1-1, returns to action on Tuesday (Feb. 1) when the Pirates travel to Cerro Coso College for a 2 p.m. non-conference game.