Reynaldo Garcia's pinch hit grand slam onto Loma Vista with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed the Ventura College baseball team to tie visiting Chaffey, 11-11, in the single-elimination Southern California first-round game at Ventura College Tuesday afternoon.
The game was tied, 11-11, through 10 and 1/2 innings. Until Derrick Ring's single to left field scored Mike Yingling with the winning run one out in the bottom of the 11th inning.
No. 15 Ventura advances to face No. 2 Orange Coast in a Best-of-3 series this weekend.
The Pirates loaded the bases in the seventh on three straight singles by Joe Ramirez, Tyler Bevin and Brandon Young.
Down 7-3, Chaffey College scored eight times in the top of the seventh inning to take a 11-7 lead.
Nine of the first 10 Panthers of the inning reached base, including Chris Lemus' game-tying two-run double to right field and Willie Holmes two-run single to right center field. The inning chased Pirates starter Garrett Rau.
Tyler Bevan's three-run inside-the-park home run to center field gave the Pirates a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first.
Chaffey scored one run in each of the first three innings to pull within 4-3. The Panthers had two hits in each of the first three innings.
Collin LaVoie tripled and scored in the fifth and A.J. Gallardo stroked a two-run double in the sxith as Ventura pushed the lead to 7-3.