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Renegades at bat during the season opener vs. Gold
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Renegades Win Season/Home Opener
By Zak S. Cowan
The Renegade Rip

February 3, 2012

Bakersfield College started their 35-game season with a digit in the win column, knocking off Golden West College 2-0 at home Friday night.

The Renegades kicked out the first inning with Tyler Painton retiring the first three Golden West Batters, and never looked back.

Tyler Painton pitched six scoreless innings, striking out five on 84 pitches.

Coach Tim Painton was pleased with how Tyler, his son, pitched in his college debut.

“If you shut out Golden West College for six innings, you’ve accomplished something,” he said.

In the bottom of the first inning, freshman first baseman Blayne Ontiveros put BC on the board with a two-out RBI single.

That run was all the Renegades needed to win the game, and a seventh-inning homerun by right fielder Jordan Turner amounted to the total offensive output of the game between the two games.

“It’s hard to believe that a one-run lead is going to stand up as long as it did,” coach Painton said.

Golden West was held off offensively the entire game, only getting players in scoring position twice, and leaving eight on base.

“Our pitching, obviously, did an outstanding job tonight,” coach Painton said.

After Tyler Painton left the game to start the seventh, relievers Phillip Valos, Justin Kelly and Ryan Stapp finished the shutout.

Golden West would have a chance to make it a contest, when, in the top of the eighth inning, they had two runners in scoring position. But Justin Kelly retired the final batter to prevent the rally.

BC will play Irvine Valley College on Saturday night, in the second of their two-game home stand to start the season.

Coach Painton said that it’s hard to be fully prepared for a team this early in the season because “everyone that steps on the field day one, they’re going to be better on day two.”