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2019 Ventura College Baseball Team News

  • Foreman Wins ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award
    June 25, 2019
    Ventura College sophomore TJ Foreman has racked up another award. The Moorpark High School product was awarded the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award for the Pacific Association Division, which includes community colleges in California, Oregon and Washington. The American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods released the award winners last week, and Foreman becomes the second Pirate to attain the honor. Joseph Luna won the award in 2011.
  • Two Former Pirates Selected in MLB Draft
    June 13, 2019
    Two former members of the Ventura College baseball team were selected in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Both players selected were pitchers for the Pirates in 2017. Andrew Nardi was selected in the 16th round, 471st overall by the Miami Marlins while Justin Friedman had his name called by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round, the 770th overall pick.
  • Foreman, Baldovino Named to ABCA All-Region Team
    June 03, 2019
    The Awards continue for the 2019 Western State Conference champion Pirate baseball team as TJ Foreman and Gabe Baldovino were each recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association on the ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division All-Region team. Both Foreman and Baldovino were awarded second-team all-region honors for community colleges in California, Oregon and Washington.
  • Walker, Four Pirates Headline All-WSC Awards
    May 24, 2019
    The Western State Conference champion Ventura College baseball team placed four players on the first-team All-WSC list while head coach Jimmy Walker was named co-Coach of the Year in voting by the conference coaches late last month. Outfielders TJ Foreman and Jacob Harris made the conference's top list along with shortstop Gabe Baldovino and starting pitcher Travis Weston.
  • Baseball's Don Adams Headed to CCCBCA Hall of Fame
    May 23, 2019
    Longtime Ventura College baseball coach Don Adams is headed to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Adams, who was head coach of the Pirates from 1995-2017 amassed 738 wins during his tenure and led VC to the Western State Conference championships in 2006. He was also an assistant coach with Hall of Famer Gary Anglin for 15 seasons, helping the Pirates to the 1989 WSC crown. He, along with other Hall of Fame inductees, will be honored at the state association meetings in Fresno on Friday May 24.
  • Pirates Shutout Long Beach Before Falling in Decisive Game 3
    May 04, 2019
    Jackson Hickert saved his best for last. The Ventura College sophomore pitched a masterpiece in Game 2 of the Pirates CCCAA Southern California Regional against Long Beach, throwing an eight-hit complete game shutout over the Vikings to propel Ventura (26-17) into a third and decisive game in the series. Unfortunately, the Pirates broke down at the end of Game 3, giving up seven runs over the final two innings to drop a 12-3 decision, sending the Vikings into the next round of the playoffs.
  • Defensive Miscues Lead to VC Loss in Playoff Opener
    May 03, 2019
    When the playoffs begin, the margin of error shrinks. The Pirate baseball team found that out the hard way Friday afternoon, as a pair of VC fielding errors led to three unanswered runs for visiting Long Beach in Ventura's 3-1 loss to the Vikings in Game 1 of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoff Series. Travis Weston took the hard-luck loss on the mound despite pitching 8.2 innings and allowing just five hits and no earned runs. Zane Chittenden had a pair of hist for VC (25-16) including a home run.
  • VC Baseball To Host First Playoff Series at Pirate Park
    April 29, 2019
    On the strength of their first Western State Conference North Division title in 13 years, the Ventura College baseball team has received the No. 5 seed in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs and will be hosting a playoff series at Pirate Park for the first time ever. Ventura will host No. 12 Long Beach City College in a best-of-three set beginning at 2:00 pm Friday May 3. Game 2 with the Vikings will be at 11:00 am on Saturday May 4, with Game 3, if necessary, following Game 2.
  • Baseball Falls at Cerritos in Regular Season Finale
    April 26, 2019
    One day after clinching their first conference title in 13 years, the Pirate basebal team traveled to Cerritos for a non-conference tilt making up a rained out game from February. TJ Foreman and Zane Chittenden each had a pair of hits ad Baylor Tovar had an RBI but Ventura fell to the Falcons, 4-1. Chittenden also started on the mound, giving up three runs, one earned, over four innings of work.
  • Baseball Outlasts Hancock, Captures WSC Title
    April 25, 2019
    A swing and a miss on a ball in the dirt, a wide throw to first, a great catch and a spin to tag the bag. And with that the celebration began. The Ventura College baseball team ended a 13-year title drought Thursday by defeating Allan Hancock College 3-1 at Pirate Park, capturing a share of the Western State Conference North Division championship for the first time since 2006. Jackson Hickert pitched into the seventh inning, giving up one run while striking out six, while AJ Medrano, Gabe Baldovino and Junior Sandoval all knocked in a run to power the victory for the Pirates (25-14, 13-7).
  • Baseball Wins At Hancock, Remains Tied for First
    April 23, 2019
    Travis Weston had another strong outing on the mound, pitching seven innings while giving up three runs, two earned, while striking out five in the Pirates' 8-3 victory at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria Tuesday afternoon.Riley Langerman was 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of runs batted in while Baylor Tovar had three hits, including two doubles, while scoring twice with an RBI. Jacob Harris was also 3-4 on the day. The Pirates (24-14, 12-7) are tied atop the Western State Conference North Division standings with Santa Barbara while Cuesta sits one game back with one game left to play.
  • Walk-Off Walk Leads Pirates Past Taft, 6-5
    April 20, 2019
    The baseball adage says a walk is as good as a hit. Never was that more true than Saturday afternoon at Pirate Park where Ethan Balolong drew a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to force in Conor Mormon for the game-winning run in VC's 6-5 victory over Taft College. That concluded a two-run ninth for the Pirates (23-14, 11-7), who earned theif fourth walk-off win of the season. Noah Bullard pitched two scoreless innings at the end of the game to pick up the victory.
  • Ventura Scores Two Touchdowns and a Field Goal in Win
    April 18, 2019
    On a "chamber of commerce" day at Pirate Park, the Ventura College baseball team put up a football score in their 17-7 win over visiting Los Angeles Valley. Jacob Harris finished a triple away from the cycle with four runs batted in, and AJ Medrano also had three hits, including a double, and thre RBI to lead the way. Zane Chittenden recorded just one hit, but had five RBI with three sacrifice flies in the game. Jackson Hickert alloowed one run on five hits, striking out seven over five innings of work to pick up the win for VC (22-14, 11-7).
  • Baseball Holds Off SoCal No. 6 Glendale, 5-4
    April 16, 2019
    The Pirate baseball team held off SoCal No. 6-ranked Glendale College 5-4 for a non-conference road win Tuesday afternoon. Junior Sandoval had two hits, including a double, and scored a run while Riley Langerman also had a pair of base knocks. TJ Foreman reached base three times, had two stolen bases and scored two runs. In the process, he set a new school record for career stolen bases and he is closing in on the single-season mark as well.
  • Pirates Fall at Cuesta, Drop Into First Place Tie
    April 13, 2019
    The Pirate baseball team lost 4-1 against Cuesta College Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, bringing VC back into a three-way tie for first place in the Western State Conference North Division with the Cougars and Santa Barbara. TJ Foreman had three hits and a stolen base for Ventura (20-14, 11-7) while Gabe Baldovino scored the Pirates' lone run of the game. Zane Chittenden had another strong outing on the mound, giving up six hits in six innings of work while allowing a pair of runs in taking the hard-luck loss.
  • Baseball Falls to Cuesta, Remains in First Place
    April 11, 2019
    The Pirate baseball team veered off course a bit on Thursday with a 5-2 loss to Cuesta at Pirate Park. Gabe Baldovino and Ethan Balolong each had two hits in the game while Jackson Hickert pitched seven innings with six strikeouts, yielding a pair of unearned runs in the hard-luck loss. Despite the setback, VC (20-13, 11-6) still leads the Cougars and Santa Barbara City College by a game in the conference standings.
  • VC Builds Big Lead, Survives Late Moorpark Rally
    April 09, 2019
    Good teams find a way to win, or not to lose. That is what the Pirate baseball team did on Tuesday, using a six-run fifth and what turned out to be an insurance run in the ninth to build an 8-1 lead before giving up six runs, five unearned, in the bottom of the frame, then recording the 27th out of the game. Travis Weston pitched into the ninth inning, scattering eight hits and giving up three runs to pick up the win while Gabe Baldovino had four hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs to pace the offense for Ventura (20-12, 11-5).
  • Big Bats Move VC into Sole Possession of First
    April 06, 2019
    For the second straight day, the Pirate baseball team used a big second inning to take control, scoring eight runs in the second frame against visiting Moorpark on Saturday on their way to a 14-4 victory. The win coupled with a Cuesta loss to Santa Barbara moved the Pirates (19-12, 10-5) into sole possession of first place in the Western State Conference North Division. TJ Foreman was 3-5 at the plate, including a double, wit hthree runs scored and two runs batted in while Riley Langerman also had three hits. Zane Chittenden and Jacob Martinez combined efforts for the win on the mound.
  • Five-Run Second Inning Propels Pirates to Victory
    April 05, 2019
    The VC baseball team used a five-run second inning to propel them to a 10-3 victory over visiting College of the Desert Friday afternoon in non-conference action at Pirate Park. Zane Chittenden delivered the big hit in the decisive frame, a two-out, two-run single, while TJ Foreman continued his strong play with a single and a double, two runs scored and an RBI for Ventura (18-12, 9-5). Tommy Jaimeson picked up the victory on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief following three strong frames from starter Sal Delgado.
  • Baseball Claims Another Season Series in WSC Play
    April 04, 2019
    The Pirate baseball team claimed their second season series in as many weeks Thursday with a 10-5 victory at Oxnard College. VC, which is tied for first place in the conference with Cuesta, won the season series from the Condors 3-1. Gabe Baldovino led Ventura (17-12, 9-5) with three hits and a pair of runs batted in with a run scored. Ethan Balolong and Jacob Harris each gathered two hits with two runs scored. Jackson Hickert picked up the victory with a strong seven innings of work on the mound.
  • VC Falls After Wild Ride vs. Oxnard at Pirate Park
    April 02, 2019
    It was a wild ride for the VC baseball tea,m Tuesday afternoon at Pirate Park. In a game that featured 22 runs, 23 hits and four lead changes, the Ventura College baseball team ultimately fell to visiting Oxnard 13-9. Zane Chittenden and Junior Sandoval each had three runs batted in and TJ Foreman had three hits and three runs scored in the contest for the Pirates (16-12, 8-5). Despite the loss, VC remains tied for first place in the conference , two games ahead of third place.
  • Pirates Take Season Series From SBCC
    March 29, 2019
    TJ Foreman had a double and scored, and had a triple for the game-winning RBI as the Pirates defeated Santa barbara 2-1 Friday at Pershing Park to take the season series from the Vaqueros. Zane Chittenden allowed one run on two hits through five innings on the mound for the win while Jacob Martinez scattered four hits in four scoreless innings to pick up the save for the Pirates (16-11, 8-4). VC has won four straight games and is tied with Ciesta for first place in the Western State Conference, two games ahead of third place Allan Hancock.
  • VC Comes Back Twice, Walks Off Santa Barbara
    March 28, 2019
    The Ventura College baseball team separately erased a two-run and a three-run deficit to visiting Santa Barbara City College on Thursday as the Pirates completed their comeback with a 3-run ninth inning to walk off the Vaqueros' 8-7 at Pirate Park. TJ Foreman was 4-5 on the day with three runs batted in, including the game-winner, and a run scored while Ethan Balolong had a pair of hits, including a ninth-inning RBI single that led to him scoring the game-deciding run. Zach Rivera pitched a scoreless final frame to pick up the win for Ventura (15-11, 7-4).
  • Weston, Balolong Lead Pirates Back to First Place Tie
    March 26, 2019
    Travis Weston pitched another gem and Ethan Balolong continued hist hot bat at the plate to lead the Pirate baseball team to a 10-5 victory over Allan Hancock College at Pirate Park on Tuesday. Weston gave up one run over 5.2 innings of work, scattering four hits while striking out five for his fifth win of the year. Balolong, meanwhile continued to swing the hot bat with two hits, including a line-drive home run, with two runs scored and an RBI for the Pirates (14-11, 6-4). With the victory, Ventura pulls back into a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings.
  • 4-Run Sixth Fuels Pirate Comeback Victory
    March 23, 2019
    The Pirate baseball team used a four-run sixth inning to fuel a come-from-behind 8-5 win at Allan Hancock College Saturday. AJ Medrano delivered three hits and three runs batted in on the day, including a 2-RBI single in the decisive frame. Gabe Baldovino also had three hits, including a double, with n RBI and three runs scored in the victory for VC (13-11, 5-4). Jacob Martinez pitched three hitless innings out of the bullpen with three strikeouts to pick up the win.
  • Baseball Can't Find Offense at Cuesta
    March 21, 2019
    The Ventura College baseball team continued its struggles at the plate Thursday in a 9-1 defeat at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. TJ Foreman had a pair of hits, including a double, and Jacob Harris tripled and scored VC's only run in the Western State Conference North Division setback. Jackson Hickert started on the mound and picked up the loss for Ventura (12-11, 4-4).
  • Ventra Can't Keep Pace With Visiting Cuesta
    March 19, 2019
    The Pirate baseball team came back from three runs down to tie the score in the fourth inning, only to fall to visiting Cuesta 7-4 Tuesday afternoon at Pirate Park. Riley Langerman had a pair of hits, including a double, with two runs batted in while Baylor Tovar and TJ Foreman also recorded two hits each for Ventura (12-10, 4-3). Travis Weston pitched into the fifth inning, giving up four runs to take the loss while Sergio Linares, Jeff Thoben and Christian Herrera pitched 2.2 combined innings of shutout ball.
  • Pirate Win Streak Ends at Moorpark
    March 16, 2019
    The Ventura College baseball team had its four game winning streak come to an end Saturday with a 7-3 defeat at Moorpark College. Gabe Baldovino was 4-4 in the game, including a double and a triple, with a run scored while Zane Chittenden and Junior Sandoval each had two hits. Ventura (12-9, 4-2) falls into a second place tie with Allan Hancock College in the Western State Conference race, one half game behind the Raiders.
  • Baseball Breaks Up Another Pitcher's Dual
    March 14, 2019
    For the second game in a row, the Pirate baseball team used a big inningg to break up a pitcher's dual, propeling the team to victory. Thursday, VC (12-8, 4-1) used a six-run seventh inning to break open a 1-1 tie with visiting Moorpark, coasting to the 7-3 win, Ventura's fourth straight triumph. Zane Chittenden delivered the big blow, a 2-RBI double in the seventh as he finished the game with two hits, three runs batted in and a run scored. Brent Dickey picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief in support of Jackson Hickert, who pitched six complete, giving up one run on five hits.
  • Big Seventh Inning Enough For Ventura Win at Oxnard
    March 12, 2019
    It only took one inning, one big inning. The Pirate baseball team scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to post a 6-2 victory at Oxnard College on Tuesday. AJ Medrano and Junior Sandoval continued their clutch hitting with two runs batted in each while Medrano, Ethan Balolong and Gabe Baldovino all recorded two hits in the win. Travis Weston pitched six scoreless innings and was credited with the win for the Pirates (11-8, 3-1), who have now won three straight.
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