IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley College baseball team recorded the Arabs first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory of the season on Saturday in a ninth-inning, three-run rally that sealed the 9-6 road win over College of the Desert.
A tightly contested, defensive effort on behalf of both squads saw the game scoreless through three. The action picked up in the top of the fourth inning when the Arabs’ Leopold Lamadrid reached base. Armando Lopez opportunely singled into right field which brought in Lamadrid and gave IVC the early 1-0 lead. Armando eventually scored on an error by the COD second basemen that made it 2-0 Arabs in the middle portion of the fourth inning.
The Roadrunners were bailed out on a wild pitch with a man on third base that slipped through and allowed COD to claim their first run of the contest that made it a 2-1 ball game after four.
IVC found themselves in a favorable situation in the top of the sixth inning when Ernesto Pereda and Jose Pena each hit RBI single to the out-field that gave the Arabs a 4-1 advantage midway through the sixth.
COD matched IVC by scoring once on a ground out RBI and then again on another wild pitch. At the end of the sixth inning it was back to a one run contest at 4-3, Arabs.
Travis Tanaka roped one over the left field wall in the top of the seventh inning to give IVC a 6-3 advantage.
The pesky Roadrunners continued to peck away at the IVC pitching corps in the bottom of the eighth inning. Two right field singles contributed more COD scores and an unearned run tied the game up 6-a- piece heading into the ninth inning.
With Michael Saucedo and Armando Lopez aboard, and no outs, Edgargo Garcia racked a rocket to right field that helped IVC recapture an 8-6 lead. Gil Lamadrid cracked a sacrifice fly-ball into the outfield that brought in the third score of the inning. The Arabs were up 9-3 mid-ninth with one last chance to convert three outs for the victory.
An undesirable lead-off walk found the Arabs in a ninth inning come-back territory. The Roadrunner was picked off at second base attempting to steal and the first out of the inning and the last potential threat was recorded as two consecutive ground balls closed out the 9-6 game to give the Arabs their first taste of regular season victory.
With hopes of repeating and closing out the season on a positive note, IVC is penciled in for a three game Home, Road, Home series versus the Mount San Jacinto Eagle on April 11, 13, and 14.