College of the Canyons scored 11 runs on just five hits Tuesday at West Los Angeles College and came away with an 11-10 win.
West LA (9-6, 23-10) pitchers walked nine and Oiler fielders committed five errors to allow five unearned runs that made the difference and allowed Canyons (12-2-1, 22-10-1) to extend its Mountain Valley Conference lead over West LA to 3 1/2 games.
West LA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Lorenzo Lesky and Victor Hithe, a bases-loaded walk to Tim Vaughn, and a sacrifice fly by Greg Mollner.
Canyons bounced back with three in the second when West LA starter Robin Torres lost track of home plate and walked four straight batters. Tony Ciccone then singled in a run and Rocco Buffolino drove in a third with a sacrifice foul popup to first.
After scoring single runs in the third and fourth, Canyons made it 8-4 with three in the fifth when left fielder Greg Mayer hit a two-run homer.
With the game tied 9-9 in the eighth, the Oilers self-destructed. Buffolino walked and Bill Bluhm was intentionally walked after a stolen base. Chris Pollack, the fourth pitcher of the day for Canyons, then hit a roller to third. Third baseman Lesky didn’t have a chance to get Pollack but threw anyway--wild enough to let a run score. First baseman DeJon Watson then threw wildly to third and another run scored.
West LA answered with one in the bottom of the inning. Mollner hit his third double of the day and Tony Todd pinch ran for him. David Johnson singled to center and Todd ran through a stop sign and was out at the plate when he also failed to slide. Johnson took second on the play and then scored on a single by Lesky.
Pollack (7-1) allowed the Oilers to load the bases with two out in the ninth before getting Gayron Jackson to ground out to end the game.
Moorpark 10, Santa Barbara 8
Tim Lichty, 9 for 14 in his last two games, continued his red-hot hitting with two singles, a double, a home run, and an RBI in five at-bats in a Western State Conference game at Moorpark.
Dan Russell added two homers and three RBI to give Larry Ressegue his second win. Moorpark (10-7, 15-16) is 3 1/2 game behind Oxnard.
Antelope Valley 5, L.A. Valley 2
Valley committed two errors with two out in the eighth inning and the Marauders took advantage to score three runs and hand Dan Telles (4-2) the loss in a Mountain Valley Conference game at Valley.
Valley (8-7, 15-15-1) fell 4 1/2 games behind Canyons. Antelope Valley is 6-10 (17-12).