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SBCC Stumbles in 8th at Ventura, Loses 8-2

Dylan Francis tossed six shutout innings on Saturday to lead Ventura to an 8-2 baseball win  over visiting SBCC.

Leadoff hitter Chris McKee went 3-5 with two runs for the Pirates (15-9, 5-4), who moved into a second-place tie with the Vaqueros (14-11, 5-4) in the crowded WSC North race.

Ventura took a 3-0 lead in the fifth, then Vaqueros pulled within one, 3-2, on sacrifice flies by Wes Ghan-Gibson and Blake Ogburn in the seventh.

The Pirates outhit the Vaqueros 10-5.

Ventura broke the game open with five runs in the eighth and four were unearned. They loaded the bases on a walk, an error and a walk and then Kaden Betsch delivered a two-run single. Two more runs scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Rodolfo Aguilar capped the rally with a two-out, run-scoring single.

The Vaqueros will  host Ventura on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

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