The Road Warriors have invaded Bakersfield and now they aim to make more history.
Cosumnes River College snapped Rio Hondo's national-leading 33-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory in an opening-round California Community College Athletic Association State Championship contest in Bakersfield on Friday night.
Ace Austin Ales (11-2) tossed a complete game with three strikeouts and one walk for the Hawks (26-15-1), who are attempting to become the only team to win a state title without the benefit of a single practice or game at home due to construction for facilities upgrades.
Josh Silver, Phillip Roa and Ryan Case each had an RBI for CRC, in the state tournament for the first time. Rio Hondo came in 38-3, last losing in mid February.
CRC won the Big 8 Conference over rival Sierra College, which beat nationally ranked No. 1 Orange Coast 4-0 in the early game (see link on Sacbee.com).
CRC coach Tony Bloomfield and Sierra skipper Rob Willson are the best of friends, but they joke that they are also like competitive brothers, badly wanting to beat each other.
Never have the stakes been higher, of course. Sierra (26-15-1) won the state title in 2008. The Big 8 has had a team in the state finals in three of the past five years, with Delta of Stockton winning it last season.
- By Joe Davidson
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Bee file photo of Tony Bloomfield by Andy Alfaro