Briar Cliff baseball fell 14-3 to Antelope Valley Tuesday night in the first game of a doubleheader but the team did not let the 11-run defeat discourage them and battled to a 9-8 win in Game Two. Harrison Jestel hit a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the fourth inning to send home Nick Robinson for the final run of the second contest and both teams remained scoreless through the final three innings.
Antelope Valley scored three runs in the top of the first inning but the Chargers answered in the bottom. Ben Pigg, T.J. Egbarts and Nick Robinson loaded the bases and were driven home with a double by Harrison Jestel to put the score at 3-3.
The Pioneers went down in order in the top of the second inning and gave the Chargers an opportunity to break the tie. With Trevor Adler on second base, Brady Harpenau singled to center field and Adler came around for the Cliff to take a 4-3 lead. Three more runs came home in the inning and BC led 7-3 after two innings.
Antelope Valley added one run in the third inning and four in the fourth and were ahead 8-7 to start the bottom of the fourth inning. Sawyer Olson hit an RBI single to left field to score Pigg before Jestel hit his game-winning RBI to round out the scoring.
Neither team allowed runs in the final three innings and the 9-8 score held in favor of Briar Cliff.
Austin Carter is tagged with the win for Chargers and Kaiona Navas gets the save. Jestel’s five RBIs led the team. Harpenau, Olson, and Jestel each recorded multiple hits. Each team tallied eight total hits.
Briar Cliff got on the board first in the first game of the day, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Antelope Valley answered, however, scoring 14 unanswered runs through the game, which was capped off by nine in the bottom of the third inning.
The Blue and Gold will have Wednesday and Thursday off and take on RV Jamestown in a non-conference doubleheader Friday afternoon. Game One is scheduled for 1 p.m.