PBB: McKinney’s homer sparks Dons over Ventura

Daniel McKinney blasted a three-run homer and Gabe Grandcolas drove in the eventual winning run with a double in the sixth, as Santa Barbara High held off Ventura 6-5 in a Channel League baseball game on Tuesday at Eddie Mathews Field.

The Dons scored four runs in the third, with McKinney providing the big blast with his homer.

Sophomore pitcher Kevin Gowdy improved to 5-1 on the season. He allowed four runs and five hits, while striking out five in six innings of work. Grandcolas pitched the seventh and earned the save.

Grandcolas had two doubles in the game. The second drove in the Dons’ sixth run with two outs in the sixth inning.

Santa Barbara improves to 12-6, 4-3 in Channel League). Ventura drops to 6-13, 1-4. The teams play again at Ventura on Friday.