The fight is still there, as is the hard luck for the Pirates. The Ventura College baseball team made its final road trip of the season to first-place Santa Barbara, coming away with a narrow 6-5 decision at Pershing park. T.J. Durfee pounded out four hits, including a double, with two runs scored and a run batted in and Rudolfo Aguilar had three hits with a double, a runs scored and three RBI for VC (19-20, 9-10).
After sitting for five days tied for first place with one double header remaining in the season, turns out the games were the easy part. The Pirate softball team swept visiting Oxnard in a pair-of five-inning games, 8-0 and 12-2 to capture a share of the Western State Conference North Division championship Tuesday at the VC Softball Complex. The Pirate battery came up big, with pitcher Anissa Padilla throwing a 1-hit shutout in the first game and catcher Julianne Abeloe hitting three triples with two RBI in the nightcap.
In difficult windy conditions in the High Desert, the Pirate golf team placed second at the Western State Conference event hosted by Antelope Valley College Monday. Ventura posted a team score of 383, three shots behind conference-leading Canyons at 380, and 10 strokes ahead of third-place Santa Barbara. Joey Herrera and Brandon Resnick both posted 3-over 75's on the Antelope Valley Country Club course to lead VC.
In what has become a month of heartbreak for the Ventura College baseball team, the Pirates had another hard-luck loss Saturday at Pirate Park, falling 7-6 to visiting Allan Hancock. VC (19-19, 9-9) opened up a 5-0 lead after two innings, and led 6-3 after five before allowing the game-winning runs in the top of the ninth frame. Rodolfo Aguilar had a pair of hits while scoring two runs and Chris McKee also had two hits in the game.
Perhaps Saturday's contest between Western State Conference East Division champion Antelope Valley and WSC North Division championship contender Ventura was better suited for April than its original February 10 date. The two playoff caliber teams went toe-to-toe at the VC Softball Complex for nine innings before the Marauders broke open a scoreless tie to take the 4-0 victory. Anissa Padilla had a solid day in the circle for VC (26-12, 17-5) while Julianne Abeloe and Arianna Rivas recorded the only two hits for the Pirates.
In the final race of the Western State Conference Championships Saturday in Santa Maria, VC's 400-yard freestyle relay team of David Peterson, Kaleb Rodarte, Jack Burleigh and Jack Pickett blew away the competition, winning the conference title by four seconds. That win capped a stellar weekend for the Pirates' men's and women's swimming and diving teams during which the men ran away with the competition for their fourth straight WSC title, and the women finished a strong runner up.
The Pirates' beach volleyball team swept Victor Valley and Antelope Valley Friday at the Harbor Cove Courts to close out a perfect Western State Conference season. The 2017 WSC champions did not lose a set in the two matches, defeating both visitors 5-0. The No. 4 duo of Madison Wright and Janessa Simental led the way for Ventura (13-4, 6-0), allowing a total of 18 points in their four sets.
On the second day of the three-day Western State Conference Championships in Santa Maria, the Pirates' men's swimming and diving team augmented its lead over second place while the VC women solidified their standing in second. Kaleb Rodarte won Ventura's first individual gold Friday while Maria Petraitis and Paige Treloar-Ballard each earned individual silver medals.
The VC men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Bakersfield to compete in the Western State Conference Prelims, with 10 events completing their championship finals. The Ventura women stand tied for fifth place following the competition with 17 points, chasing Canyons with 61 and Santa Barbara with 30. On the men's side, VC earned eight points, tying them for 10th place overall in the limited scoring. Alyssa Carillo had the Pirates' best finish of the day with third place in the women's discus.
The Pirate baseball team got back on track with a 5-4 victory at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria Thursday Brendan Griffith had two hits with an RBI and two runs scored and Kaden Betsch knocked out a pair of hits with two runs batted in to lead VC (19-18, 9-8). Justin Friedman scattered 10 hits through seven innings, allowing three runs while striking out six to pick up his seventh win of the season. Taylor Campos picked up his third save with two frames of relief work.
Megan Best pitched a 1-hit shutout, facing the minimum number of batters as the Pirate softball team easily defeated visiting Santa Monica 15-0 Thursday at the VC Softball Complex. Julianne Abeloe was 3-4 with a home run and a pair of runs batted in and Julianna Andrade was 2-3 with a homer and four RBI for the Ventura (26-11, 17-5). With the win, VC moves into a virtual three-way tie for first with Hancock and Cuesta atop the Western State Conference North Division.
The Pirates' men's swimming and diving team had a sizable advantage after day one of the Western State Conference Championships in Santa Maria Thursday. Meanwhile the Pirate women were in second place in the three-day competition hosted by Allan Hancock College. The men's 200-yard freestyle relay highlighted the day with a conference title, with numerous other solid individual performances.
A long road trip got even longer Tuesday when the Pirate baseball team dropped an 8-7 decision in San Luis Obispo to Cuesta College in a marathon 16-inning game. The Pirates had brief leads of 6-3 and 7-6, but could not hold on, nor find a way to score in the seven extra frames in the loss. The VC bullpen was outstanding, allowing just two runs in 13 innings of work. Elijah Alexander had four hits at the plate, including a double, with two runs scored and a stolen base.
The Pirate softball team turned the Western State Conference North Division into a three team race Tuesday with a double-header sweep over Bakersfield. Ventura won decisions of 2-1 and 6-5, in nine innings, to keep within shouting distance of first place Hancock and to remain in a second place tie with Cuesta. THe victories also knocked the Renegades out of the conference race, sending them
The Pirate golf team turned in another solid performance Monday, taking second place at the Western State Conference event hosted by Victor Valley at Spring Valley Lake Country Club in Victorville. VC posted a team score of 367, five strokes behind conference-leading Canyons and eight shots ahead of third-place Santa Barbara. Denis Kakimoto shot a 1-under 71 to tie for third place overall, leading the Pirates.
The Pirate softball team swept a double header at Santa Monica Monday in a make-up from a rain on on March 21. VC (23-11, 13-5) won the first game 10-2 before powering past the Corsairs 23-3 in the second contest. Julianna Andrade had seven hits on the day with nine RBI to lead Ventura while Justine De La Rosa smacked out six hits with six runs batted in.
The Ventura College baseball team concluded its non-conference docket Saturday afternoon, hosting Orange Coast at Pirate Park. The VC Pirates fell to the state No. 2-ranked OCC Pirates 11-5, ending a rough non-conference week for Ventura as they prepare for the home stretch of the Western State Conference North Division race.
The Ventura College men's swim team had two divers compete in the Western State Conference and SoCal Regional Championships at El Camino College Friday and Saturday. Deonn Crilly and David Kromka earned 66 points for the Pirates for the upcoming WSC Swimming Championships April 20-22 in Santa Maria. Additionally, Crilly qualified for the CCCAA State Championships to be held May 4-6 at East Los Angeles College.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team swept matches against Victor Valley and Bakersfield Friday in Bakersfield to claim the program's first Western State Conference championship. The Pirates (11-4, 4-0) defeated VVC 5-0 before downing the host Renegades 3-2. VC's No. 1 team of Paris Dosch and Tori Hiott, the No. 3 duo of Sariah Flores and Armonee Hunter, and the No. 4 pair of Janessa Smiental and Madison Wright all went 2-0 on the day.
The Pirate baseball team had scoring chances, but could not find home plate in a 6-0 loss to visiting Taft College at Pirate Park Friday. Chris McKee and Elijah Alexander each had two hits and each recorded a stolen base in the non-conference match-up. Justin Friedman pitched seven innings, giving up three runs to give the Pirates a chance in the game, but took the hard-luck loss.
Bill Whitaker and Cruz Thayne upheld their No. 1 seed in the Western State Conference men's doubles draw, coming from behind to defeat the No. 2 duo from Glendale 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 Friday at the VC Tennis Center. The win was the fifth consecutive conference title for a Pirate doubles team. Additionally, Whitaker advanced to the men's singles final before falling to the tournament's top seed.
In their final track meet before the Western State Conference Championships, the Pirates' men's and women's track teams competed in the Easter Open hosted by Santa Barbara City College. The meet served as the last chance for members of the track team to obtain qualifying standards or improve their overall conference rankings. A skeleton crew competed allowing tracksters with good conference standing an opportunity to rest up for the finals.
The longest road trip of the Western State Conference season turned into the longest ride home for the Pirate softball team Thursday. VC gave up one unearned run to the host Cuesta Cougars, falling 1-0 in a key WSC North Division contest in San Luis Obispo. Brittany Perez had two hits, including a double, for Ventura (21-11, 12-5) and Ariana Rivas and Celest Ekman recorded a double and a single, respectively in the contest. Anissa Padilla had a strong outing in the pitcher's circle, giving up no earned runs in six complete innings.
For eight of the nine innings Wednesday, the Pirate baseball team gave No. 6-ranked Riverside fits. Unfortunately, the other inning was a rough one for VC. The Pirates led the Tigers 7-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning and had two outs and two strikes before RCC rallied for an eight-run inning. VC (18-15, 8-7) was unable to score again, and the Tigers plated an insurance run in the seventh in the 9-7 decision. Blake Chiaramonte was 4-5 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Brendan Griffith had an RBI triple.
The Pirate baseball team dropped their second of five games this week, 5-4 to visiting Pasadena Tuesday at Pirate Park. After falling behind 4-0, Ventura (18-14, 8-7) almost completed the comeback, recording the final out with the tying run on base and the potential game winner at bat in the bottom of the ninth. Elijah Alexander went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Nick Bero was 2-3 with two runs scored. Taylor Campos doubled and drove in a run while Bryson Wallet homered for VC.
The Pirates' men's tennis team season came to an unexpected end Tuesday as No. 4-seed Ventura lost to No. 5 Saddleback 5-4 in the first round of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs at the VC Tennis Center. After falling behind 2-1 after doubles play, the Pirates rallied to take a 4-3 advantage before dropping the final two matches of the day to see their dual season come to an end.
The Ventura College softball team split a double header at Santa Barbara Tuesday, falling in the first game 5-3 before taking the nightcap 8-3. Brittany Perez had five hits on the day, including a home run and a double, with three RBI while Justine De La Rosa had three hits, including a home run, and three RBI. Anissa Padilla was solid in the circle for Ventura (21-10, 12-4), pitching 13 innings in the twin-bill giving up four earned runs.
The Ventura College golf team carded a third place finish at the Western State Conference event at Oakmont Country Club hosted by Glendale College Monday. The Pirates posted a team score of 403, finishing well behind Canyons (381) and the host Vaqueros (381). Kyle Dollison was the low man for VC with a 5-over par 76, good for fourth place individually and Connor Philpott came in tied for seventh with a 78.
The 3-Peat Western State Conference champion Pirates' men's tennis team received the No. 4 seed in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs and will host Saddleback in the first round on Tuesday April 11. The match will begin with doubles play at 2:00 pm at the VC Tennis Center. This will be the second meeting of the season between Ventura (16-4) and Saddleback (13-7), with the Pirates taking the first contest 6-3 in a tight decision.
The Pirate baseball team took a 3-0 lead after three innings on the shoulders of centerfielder Elijah Alexander, but could not make hold up, falling 10-3 Saturday at College of the Canyons in a non-conference game. Alexander had two hits, including a two-run home run, scored two runs and added a stolen base for Ventura (18-13, 8-7).