The Pirate baseball team scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at Riverside at 4-4 Wednesday afternoon only to have the Tigers walk off in the bottom of the ninth with a 5-4 victory. AJ Medrano had a pair of hits, including a double and scored two runs while Brian Guy also had two hits with a double, and two runs batted in. Gabe Baldovino knocked out two doubles and Junior Sandoval had a pair of singles with an RBI for Ventura (7-5).
Riverside claimed a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Pirates tied things up in the fourth. Medrano walked, Baldovino doubles, and Guy had an RBI single around a pair of outs as VC knotted things up.
The Tigers plated a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the seventh to set up the Pirate comeback.
Steele Ledford led off the top of the eighth inning with a single. One out later, Medrano singled up the middle, then Zane Chittenden doubled to left field to score Medrano. Guy then hit a two-RBI single up the middle and the Pirates tied the game at 4-4.
Unfortunately, Riverside was able to get the lead-off man aboard in the bottom of the ninth, and bring him around to score for the walk-off ending.
The Pirates have little time to think about the loss as they make another long drive on Thursday Feb. 28. They will travel to Victor Valley College in Victorville for a 2:00 pm game against the Rams. They return home Friday March 1 with a 2:00 pm first pitch at Pirate Park against Orange Coast.