Baseball team scores early and often in 10-1 win at Long Beach

Baseball team scores early and often in 10-1 win at Long Beach

Irvine Valley's baseball team got its 2023 season off to a great start on Friday afternoon at Long Beach City.

The Lasers scored nine runs in the first two innings and received strong performances on the mound from sophomore righthanders Sammy Murphy and Tommy Blomdahl in a 10-1 victory.

Irvine Valley got on the board right away in the first inning on a two-run double by sophomore first baseman Casey Kudell

The Lasers went up, 3-0, after an RBI groundout by sophomore catcher Connor Tallakson and made it 4-0 when Kudell later scored on a Viking error.

Irvine Valley boosted its lead to 9-0 in the top of the second inning with five runs.

Sophomore left fielder Drew Porter scored on an error, Kudell walked with the baseses loaded to bring in another run and then Tallakson had the big blow of the inning. He hit a three-run double to put Irvine Valley ahead, 9-0.

The Lasers went up, 10-0, in the top of the fourth inning when freshman third baseman Kevin James hit a home run.

Irvine Valley's pitchers did the rest.

Murphy ended up going six innings, giving up just one run (unearned) on three hits and two walks. He finished with eight strikeouts.

Blomdahl entered in relief and threw three scoreless innings to pick up a save. He didn't allow a hit, gave up two walks and also had eight strikeouts.

At the plate, IVC ended with eight hits and walked seven times.

James went 2 for 3 with a home run, two walks, two runs scored and one RBI.

Tallakson was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, freshman center fielder Shane Stafford was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and Kudell went 1 for 3 with a double, two runs and three RBI for the Lasers.

Irvine Valley takes on Long Beach City again on Saturday, hosting the Vikings at noon on the IVC campus field.


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