Baseball team falls at Santa Ana in key conference contest

Baseball team falls at Santa Ana in key conference contest

Irvine Valley's baseball saw its chances to make the postseason take a hit on Thursday afternoon with a 10-6 Orange Empire Conference loss at Santa Ana.

Irvine Valley fell behind, 3-0, after the first inning, but rallied to take a 4-3 advantage in the top of the fifth inning.

The Lasers scored a run in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly by freshman second baseman David Rojas. Sophomore first baseman Cooper Moore then hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth and freshman Ben McConnell drove in a run with an infield single in the top of the fifth. The Lasers also picked up a run on a Santa Ana error in the fifth.

But Santa Ana took the lead for good at 7-4 with four runs in the bottom of the sixth and added a run in the seventh to go up, 8-4.

Irvine Valley scored a run on a groundout by Rojas in the top of the eighth and freshman third baseman Dustin Angus hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to cap IVC's scoring on the day.

Moore went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and one RBI, McConnell went 2 for 6 with one RBI and sophomore shortstop Colin Conroy was 1 for 2 with four walks in the game for the Lasers.

Irvine Valley's record slipped to 18-21 overall and 8-12 in conference. Santa Ana went to 21-18 overall and 9-11 in conference.

The two teams wrap up the three-game series on Friday at Irvine Valley.

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