That the Bishop Broncos baseball team beat the Desert Scorpions Friday afternoon at Edwards Air Force Base is not much of a surprise. That they beat them 20-1 is significant. The resurrection of the Broncos’ bats at home against Rosamond last Tuesday was no fluke. The Bishop bats are back.
And, they’ll get another good workout at California City this afternoon before hosting the two High Desert League teams that handed Bishop back-to-back road losses two weeks ago.
“We played great,” said coach Tim Reid. “We came to play; we didn’t take anything for granted. We’re where we want to be in the season.
“We have no weak spots in our line-up,” he said, and the 20 hits in Friday’s game is proof of that.
Cam White had a rough start against the undefeated Frazier Mountain Falcons April 16, but his control improved by leaps and bounds in the first four innings against the Scorpions with 4 strikeouts and only 2 hits and 2 walks. Reid put in sophomore pitcher Justin Hollowell in the bottom of the fifth; Hollowell dispatched the final two Scorpions with strikeouts.
Broncos fans and spectators at Edwards didn’t have long to wait to get an idea of how the contest would go.
At the top of the lineup, Curran Simpson gained first on a passed ball and scored on a Cy Scott single. Colton Riesen, with an on-base average somewhere in the stratosphere, walked. Cam White hit a 2-RBI single and Daniel Klemencic doubled in White for a 4-0 lead.
The Scorpions looked like they might put up a fight in the bottom of the first. Robert Maldonado tripled into left field on the first pitch. The next two batters sent the ball straight to second baseman Graysen Hess who shot it over to Cy Scott on first for back-to-back outs. Maldanado scored on a fielder’s choice, but the final out de-stung the Scorpions, permanently.
The top of the second was another Bishop hitapaloosa. Josh DeMoss doubled into center field; Simpson singled. Another walk for Riesen loaded the bases. Scott sacrificed into right center field to bring DeMoss home. White sent the ball into a black hole the outfielders couldn’t reach for a 2-RBI double. Klemencic singled; he and White looked ready to ratchet up the score even more, but the merciful final out put an end to the drive. The Broncos led 7-1.
With 1 strikeout, a walk and a single, Upton Nunez stepped to the plate for Desert and made the tactical mistake of hitting the ball to Hess who lobbed it to Simpson on second who shot it to Scott on first for the double play. On to the third inning.
Hess singled, was advanced to third by another DeMoss hit and scored on a Riesen single. Scott’s pop fly got lost in the sun for a single and a DeMoss run. Olsen got tagged at first and a series of Scorpion miscues let Riesen steal his way from second to home. By the final out, Bishop led 10-1 and the game was just half over.
Bishop got the first two Desert bats out at first and White retired the side with a strikeout. Back came Bishop.
Klemencic doubled and sprinted home on a DeMoss single for the Broncos’ 11th run. All in all, an atypical 1-run Bishop inning.
The Broncos’ nailed two Scorpions at first; White struck the final batter out in the bottom of the fourth, setting the stage for a 9-run Bishop slugfest.
Fourteen Broncos got their chance at relief pitcher Nunez who didn’t fare any better than freshman Reece Males. Riesen started with a single errored into a double. Olsen singled; White loaded the bases with a single into center field and Klemencic’s infield single started a parade of Broncos across the plate. Riesen came in on Klemencic’s single; Frohreich brought in both Olsen and White. With the bases still stacked with Broncos, Chris Frohreich walked and Klemencic came home on a wild pitch.
With 2 outs and a 15-1 Bishop lead, Simpson’s walk loaded the bases and a new pitcher, Mald0nado, came to the mound.
Maldonado had no better luck than his two predecessors. Designated hitter Corey Thomson was hit by a pitch, bringing Frohreich home; Scott singled in Hess; Olsen was hit by a pitch and brought Simpson home. White reached first on an error, scoring Thomson and Scott. The final out came just in time. Bishop had a 20-1 lead.
The first batter to face Hollowell singled, the second walked. The third and fifth were struck out with a forced out at second completing the stand.
When the dust settled, Bishop had 20 hits, 20 runs and no errors.
Cam White: 4 innings, 4 Ks, 1 run,
Justin Hollowell: 1 inning, 2 Ks, no runs
Curran Simpson: 2 for 4
Colton Riesen: 2/2, 2 walks
Cy Scott: 2/4
Carl Olsen: 2/4 with a double
Cam White: 3/4 with 2 doubles
Daniel Klemencic: 3/4 with a double
Chris Frohreich: 2/4
Graysen Hess: 1/4
Josh DeMoss: 3/4 with a double