The Rio Hondo baseball team could not close out the game against the Oxnard Condors, losing 12-8 and have dropped their last two games after a six game winning streak that now have them with a record of 8-4 overall.
Playing at “The Jungle” in Rio Hondo, the Roadrunners began the game with strong hitting from the team in the first two innings with Randy Buenrostro. He totaled three hits in five at-bats and one of his two RBI’s came in the first inning after doubling and letting Gabe Chavez come in for Rio’s first score.
It was the pitching however for Rio that could not let them escape what would have been a winnable game had it stayed consistent.
While Isaiah Ramos looked like he was on the way to a great day with the Condors getting two hits off of him. The third inning saw him give up five runs off six hits and would make it an early exit for Ramos in the following inning.
The Roadrunners had a chance to get back in the bottom of the third inning with bases loaded after some bad Oxnard pitching, walking two players and hitting two players while making a pitching substitution in the inning. Rio only managed to score a run by Nick Ybarra and left three players on base which would have helped later in the game.
In the next four innings, both teams were tied 7-7 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, when Buenrostro had his second RBI of the game, advancing to second and letting Danny Marquez score to put them up by one, 8-7 going into the final inning.
Once again, the Roadrunners pitching could not sustain the lead with Oxnard having five runs in the final inning on pitching by Anthony Franco who replaced Chris Velasquez, who had relief pitched the last three innings without a hit or a run and two strikeouts.
The three errors by Rio in the final inning led to five unearned runs by Oxnard that Rio could not match in the bottom of the ninth, with their momentum gone and needing six runs to win the game sealed the victory for the Oxnard Condors.
The loss left Rio Hondo at 8-4, finishing up 12 of their scheduled 13 non-conference games with their match against San Bernardino Valley College yet to be played after the game rained out.
Rio Hondo will begin their South Coast Conference matchups with their first game against Cerritos College Mar 2 at home and will wrap up a quick two-game series with the Condors Mar 4.