After trailing by six to start the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday, the Hancock College baseball team had the potential winning run at first base.
The potential winning run stayed at first base.
Brandon Davis led off the bottom of the ninth with a single but, after the Bulldogs batted around and had the bases loaded, he flew out to center for the last out and Santa Barbara City College escaped with a 10-8 Western State Conference North win at Hancock.
The Vaqueros moved to 16-11, 7-4. The Bulldogs dropped to 11-7, 4-7. Both teams finished with 13 hits.
After Davis singled to start the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Peinado was hit by a pitch and Nate Alcantar walked. Nash Ackerman drew another walk, forcing in Davis.
Peinado scored when Daniel Curiel hit into a double play. Hancock drew to within 10-8 thanks to two consecutive walks, Walker Armstrong's RBI single and a hit batsman (Cordell Bowie) before Davis flew out to end the game.
Armstrong, Davis, Kyle von Tillow, Alcantar and Josh Harmonay all finished with two hits for Hancock. Tyler Rosen had two hits for the Vaqueros, including a three-run homer in the eighth.
Wesley Ghan-Gibson had three hits for SBCC. The teams will play each other at 1 p.m. Saturday at SBCC.
College of the Canyons 11, Hancock 7
The No. 11 team in California defeated the Bulldogs (18-9) in an inter conference game at Hancock.
Canyons plays in the Western State Conference East division. Hancock plays in the WSC North. The Cougars moved to 21-5-1.
After spotting Canyons three runs in the first inning, Hancock went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the inning. Shannon Peterson tied the game with a single, and Emily Gantt hit another single to put the Bulldogs ahead.
The Cougars went ahead for good with a five-run second inning.
Hancock made four errors and Canyons scored four unearned runs. The Cougars racked up 16 hits and eight earned runs against Peterson.
The Bulldogs had nine hits. Bailey Killough drove in two runs. Nakaila Fuggs had two hits.
Nipomo wins twice
The Titans racked up two league wins in two days, defeating Santa Maria 11-7 Wednesday and Lompoc 10-8 Thursday.
Nipomo moved to 7-4, including 5-3 in the Los Padres League.
Tristan Ahedo and Carlos Diaz came from 2-5 down for a 7-6 (7-4) doubles win in the last round to give the Titans the win against Morro Bay.
Massi Chiarello and Ernie Atilano each swept three singles sets for the Titans. Jesse Cabagunan picked up a singles point. Andrew Foley and Max Munoz earned two doubles wins.
Chiarello won both of his singles sets against Santa Maria. Nipomo won six of the nine doubles matches.
Arroyo Grande 17, Atascadero 1
After a convincing 13-5 win over second-place San Luis Obispo Tuesday, the Eagles (11-1, 7-0) rolled to a PAC 8 League win over the Greyhounds Thursday to finish the first half of league play.
Arroyo Grande won nine doubles sets. Reserves Caleb Bristol and Isaiah Sczbecki earned one of those wins, 6-3. Reserve Derek Kim scored a 6-1 singles win.
Santa Ynez 17, Morro Bay 1
Santa Ynez won this battle of the Pirates in a rout. Braxton Johnson swept 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 for Santa Ynez.
Pioneer Valley 12, Righetti 6
Kalin Corral picked up two singles wins for the Warriors, who lost to their crosstown rivals in a PAC 8 League match.
Cabrillo 13, Santa Maria 5
The Conquistadores won all nine doubles sets in a Los Padres League win over the Saints. No other details were available.
San Luis Obispo 16, St. Joseph 2
Avnish Bhatt scored both points for the third-place Knights (5-2 PAC 8 League) who lost a league match at home to the second-place Tigers (6-1 PAC 8) as both teams finished their first half of league play.
Righetti 3, Pioneer Valley 0
Mason Passmore and Abe Lemus both racked up 10 kills and Rollie Wineman had seven as the Warriors swept the Panthers 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 in a PAC 8 League match at Righetti.
The Warriors improved to 7-9, 4-2.
San Luis Obispo 3, St. Joseph 0
The Tigers swept the Knights (5-5, 2-4) 25-12, 26-16, 25-17 in a PAC 8 League match at St. Joseph's Hofschulte Gym. No details were available.