The Ventura College baseball team traveled to Bakersfield Saturday and dropped a pair of games to the Renegades, 7-4 and 11-4. Anthony Chavez had three hits, including a pair of doubles, while scoring four runs with a run batted in to lead VC.
The Pirate softball team swept a double header in Bakersfield Saturday, winning by scores of 10-6 and 15-10, respectively. The two victories gave VC three wins in the last four games, all against the Renegades. Morgan Albertsen pitched a complete game in Game 1 and threw five innings in relief in Game 2 to pick up both wins on the day. Leanna De La Cruz had six hits on the day while Isabel Gallegos and Courtney Terrazas each hit a home run for the Pirates (7-5).
The VC beach volleyball team claimed a pair of wins Friday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina, defeating Bakersfield 4-1 before edging Mt. San Antonio 3-2. The Nos. 1 and 5 pairs of Alexis Baloyo and Amelie Zubia, and Savannah Marchese and Tatum Teel, respectively, each had a pair of strong victories on the day for Ventura (6-0).
The VC baseball team was on the short end and on the long end of a pair of blow-outs Thursday afternoon with visiting Bakersfield College at Pirate Park. Ventura dropped Game 1 of the twin-bill 8-1 in seven innings before coming back to defeat the Renegades 11-2 in the nightcap. Lead-off man Chase McBean had three hits and scored four runs with a run batted in on the day.
The VC softball team sent 17 batters to the plate scoring 11 runs on 10 hits in the fourth inning alone in Game 1 of Thursday's double-header with Bakersfield College en route to a 14-3 run-rule win in five innings. They could not duplicate that success in Game 2, however, falling 7-3 to the Renegades at the VC Softball Complex. Celeste Pacheco and Jalen Barron each had four hits on the day to lead the Pirates (5-5, 4-4).
Steen Zeman shot a 1-under 71 and Aaron Friedland was just two stroke behind to lead the Pirate golf team to a big win over host Antelope Valley Wednesday in a dual Western State Conference competition. VC shot a solid 383 as a team to easily defeat the Marauders, who posted a 435, at the par-72 Antelope Valley Country Club in Palmdale.
Ventura College assistant baseball coach Andrew Cotner passed away last week after a long health battle with multiple health ailments. The former left-handed hurler joined the Pirate staff in 2020 for VC’s Covid-shortened campaign. His health issues prevented him from returning to the dugout this season.
The VC baseball team traveled to Santa Maria Saturday, dropping a pair of games to Western State Conference frontrunner Allan Hancock College. The Pirates fell 10-5 in the 7-inning opener before dropping the second to the Bulldogs, 17-7. Elijah Maris had pair of hits on the day with three runs batted in and a run scored while Connor Laeng scored twice with two hits and an RBI.
It was a different week but the results were the same for the Pirates' beach volleyball team as they defeated Moorpark and Mt. San Antonio for the second week in a row at the Ventura Harbor Courts. VC defeated the Raiders 3-2 in the first match of the day and followed with a 4-1 victory over Mt. SAC. VC's No. 5 pair of Amaris Garcia and Bethany Bird recorded a pair of wins on the day.
The VC men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at a double dual meet at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Friday, taking on the host Mounties and Santa Monica College. The Pirate men defeated the Corsairs and lost to Mt. SAC while the women won both duals. Collin Spargur and Arturo Medina led the men with three golds each while Caitlin Potter and Sierra Limneos each won three individual races for the women.
The Pirate track and field teams traveled to Antelope Valley Friday and battled the elements on a hot windy day. The teams showed grit as they competed in a preview of a condensed Western State Conference with the women placing third and the men fifth of the seven schools competing. Michelle Sanchez and Denise Cardona scored 24 of VC's 101 points in three throwing events to lead the Pirate women while Pierson Reynolds claimed the 800m for the VC men.
The VC baseball team dropped a pair of games to the visiting Allan Hancock Bulldogs Thursday at Pirate Park. Ventura fell in the first contest 8-0 before losing the nightcap 13-7. Elijah Maris had a pair of hits in the opener while JR Godinez was 2-4 with three runs batted in and Ramon Torres was 2-4 with two runs scored in game two.
The Pirate softball team played its fourth double-header of the season on Thursday, and for the fourth time they split the two games. VC (4-4) defeated visiting Cuesta in game one of the twin-bill at the VC Softball Complex 10-8 in eight innings before dropping the second contest 6-3. Courtney Terrazas had four hits, two runs batted in and scored three times on the day to lead Ventura.
The Ventura College women's tennis team dropped the finale of its Covid-shortened 2021 season 6-3 to visiting Santa Monica on Thursday at the VC Tennis Center. Isabella DeRosa was a double-winner on the day, claiming the No. 6 singles match and winning at No. 2 doubles with Alyssa McClain.
Evan Colborn and Aaron Friedland each shot a 1-over 73 Monday, and Steen Zeman turned in a 2-over 74 to lead the Ventura College golf team past Antelope Valley Monday at he River Ridge Golf Course, Victoria Lakes Course. The Pirates carded a team total of 380 to defeat the visiting Marauders, who scored 421. Allan Hancock College also competed, but did not field enough players for a team score.
The Pirate baseball team traveled to Moorpark on Saturday, coming home with a double-header sweep of the Raiders. In the opener, Joseph Wiersma pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit while striking out four while Max Baldaccini had three runs batted in, including two on a double in VC's 5-run fifth inning. In the nightcap, Baldaccini provided the big bat once again with a grand slam home run in the 7-run second frame, leading Ventura to a 12-3 win.
The Ventura College softball team had a wild double-header at Moorpark College on Saturday. The Pirates were down 9-0 after three innings before scoring nine runs in the fourth, eventually defeating the Raiders 14-12. In the nightcap VC led 9-3 before falling to Moorpark 12-11 on a walk-off home run. Abby Strong had six runs batted in on the day, including a grand slam home run, while Isabel Gallegos also had a grand slam and five RBI in the two games.
The Pirates' men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled north to San Luis Obispo Saturday to compete in a non-scoring meet against Cuesta and Allan Hancock colleges. Caitlin Potter had the highlight of the day, setting a new school record in the 200 yard backstroke while Sierra Limneos had a pair of first place finishes. For the men, Roman Becher had a gold and a bronze and also was a top performer in diving.
The VC beach volleyball team opened its' Covid-shortened 2021 season with a pair of victories at the Ventura Harbor Courts. The Pirates defeated Moorpark in the first match of the day before edging Mt. San Antonio 3-2 in the second. Ventura's Nos. 1, 3 and 5 pairs all won two matches on the day to propel the team to the pair of wins.
The Pirates' men's tennis team ended their Covid-shortened 2021 campaign with a pair of victories Friday in Fresno. VC blanked Modesto and Fresno City in a pair of matches, finishing a challenging year on a high note as Ventura was undefeated against community college competition.
The Ventura College track and field teams competed in another triangular meet at Moorpark College Friday, showing significant signs of improvement for both the men and women. Jaedon Rogers matched a lifetime best to win the triple jump to lead the men while Charlotte Allison again claimed four golds in the competition.
The VC women's tennis team made the long road trip to the Central Valley on Friday to take on Modesto and Fresno City in a two-match day. VC fell to Modesto 6-3 in a battle of Pirates before being edged out by FCC 5-4 in the second match of the day. Sylvie Van Cott and Erin Gaynor each won a pair of singles matches and two doubles contests to lead Ventura (3-5, 2-1).
It was a wild day at Pirate Park on Thursday. Ventura and Moorpark combined for 47 runs in two games as the Pirates and Raiders split a twin-bill. VC trailed by as many as 10 runs in game one before coming back to win in walk-off fashion 16-15 before falling to their cross-county rivals 10-6 in the nightcap. JR Godinez led the Pirate offense with five hits, five runs batted in and two runs scored over the 16 innings of play. Travis Nelson picked up the win on the mound in the opener while Robby Keister picked up the save.
The Ventura College softball team split a pair of games with rival Moorpark on Thursday at the VC Softball Complex. The Pirates (2-2) yielded a four-run seventh inning to the Raiders in the opener, falling by a 6-4 score before coming back to take a 3-2 win in the nightcap. Jalen Barron had four hits on the day, including a triple, with two runs scored and a run batted in while Abby Strong belted out three hits.
The Pirates' women's tennis team made their 2021 debut at the VC Tennis Center on Thursday with an 8-1 victory over Antelope Valley. Alyssa McClain led the way with a love and one win at No. 3 singles after partnering with Tanya Thompson in an 8-2 triumph in No. 2 doubles. Erin Gaynor, Victoria Zegers, Isabella DeRosa and Dee Emami also claimed two points for the Pirates in the match.
The Pirates' men's tennis team made it close, but could not quite get the victory Wednesday afternoon, falling to Cal Lutheran 5-4 in Thousand Oaks. Ventura had a 4-3 advantage with two singles matches remaining but could not hold on against the NCAA Division III school. VC has now played six matches against all levels of four-year schools this season with the lack of community college competition available due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was a difficult day for the VC women's tennis team on Tuesday as the Pirates were defeated at Santa Monica 6-3. The doubles team of Victoria Zegers and Dee Emami won a point for VC (2-3, 1-1) while Alyssa McClain and Isabella DeRosa prevailed in singles matches.
The Pirates' men's and women's swim teams were victorious again on Saturday defeating visiting Santa Monica in both dual meets. The VC men defeated the corsairs 133-84 while the Ventura women triumphed 136-76. Arturo Medina and Collin Spargur were both dominant with three individual golds on the day along with two relay wins and Caitlin Potter matched on the women's side with three individual first-place finishes along with two relay golds.
Although the record might not show it, the 2021 Covid season has been a great experience for the VC men's tennis team. It continued on Friday as the Pirates traveled to take on NCAA Division I foe Fresno State, dropping a pair of matches against the Bulldogs. Ventura has now played four-year schools in five of its six matches this season with limited community college competition available.
The Pirate baseball team came back twice on the visiting Oxnard Condors, only to see OC prevail with late rallies in two games Thursday afternoon at Pirate Park. Ventura (4-4) trailed 5-0 in game one, coming back to tie the score before Oxnard plated three runs in the ninth inning. In the nightcap, VC fell behind big before a six-run sixth inning closed the gap to a single run before OC scored twice in the final frame of the seven-inning contest.