Howell sparks 7-run sixth inning to lift SBCC

SBCC erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning on Thursday and went on to beat Hancock 9-4 in a WSC North baseball game at Santa Maria.Daniel Howell went 3-for-5 and had a two-run double in the seven-run uprising. Joey Epperson followed with an RBI single and Tommy White added a sacrifice fly to boost the lead to 9-1. The Vaqueros sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning with five hits, two walks and two hit battters.

Santa Barbara (3-2, 9-10) moved into a second-place tie with Moorpark, two games behind Cuesta (5-0).

Sophomore left-hander Chris Joyce (4-0) held the Bulldogs (9-10, 2-3) to an unearned run on three hits over seven innings. The former Dos Pueblos High standout struck out eight and walked one.

Pat Cavalier had two hits and drove in two runs and Colt McLaughlin scored twice. Eight of nine starters scored for the Vaqueros.

SBCC will host Hancock on Saturday at 1 p.m.

SBCC ……..…. 110 007 000 — 9 10 2
Hancock …….. 000 100 030 — 4  5  2

Joyce, Nieves (8), Perry (8) and White; Perez, Nyman (6), Dunsmore (8) and Young. W–Joyce 4-0. L–Perez 2-4.
2B–SB: Howell. H: Skillern.