College Watch: Ventura Highway
Ventura College is making some history, and some long standing team records are in danger of falling as a result.
Not only did the team win the first playoff game it has hosted in over 50 years (thereby advancing to the second round of the South California regional playoffs), but it witnessed some individual performances worthy of mention.
Team ace Zach Thornton returned Tuesday after missing two weeks with arm inflammation to scatter five hits over seven innings for his 11th win of the season – second on the school’s all-time single season list. The mark is held by Brandon Knight, a former Texas Rangers prospect who pitched 11 games in the Show for the Yankees earlier this decade. He was the 1995 California Player of the Year and is back with the school as the pitching coach.
The team’s home run record is in jeopardy, too. Jose Vargas smacked his 12th home of the season Tuesday to tie Jeremy Pierce’s school mark, set in 1997. Pierce was a 24th round pick of the Mariners back in 1996, but never turned pro. Vargas, by the way, already is Ventura’s career leader in dingers.