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LA Mission hit a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Bakersfield College baseball (19-19, 13-5 Western State South), 5-4. Zach Williams hit two solo home runs for the Renegades, but it wasn’t enough.


Cal State Bakersfield softball (6-33, 3-9 Western Athletic) ended its eight-game losing streak with a 10-6 win over Missouri-Kansas City (12-34, 2-10) on Saturday. The Roadrunners avoided being swept for what would have been the third straight WAC series.


For the first time since February, Bakersfield College softball found itself on the wrong end of a blowout. The Renegades fell, 9-1, to Mt. San Antonio on the road on Saturday in five innings.

The Kern County Fairgrounds hosted the Medieval California Festival on Saturday. The festival includes joust and sword-fighting shows, food, live music, kids activities and more. 

  • BY HERB BENHAM hbenham@bakersfield.com

Last weekend, we took Andrew on a train from San Diego to San Clemente, spent the night, and then took the train back. An hour and 15 minutes each way. If this had been the Polar Express, and the journey had been to the North Pole and included hot chocolate and presents, it's hard to imagine…

  • By JON METTUS jmettus@bakersfield.com

An overwhelming sense of calm came over Kyle King, he said. But he might have been the only person at Hardt Field feeling that way. Cal State Bakersfield baseball coach Jeremy Beard, for one, was “a little nervous.”


The Bakersfield College women’s swim team stands in third place overall with a score of 372, while the men are in third with 345, heading into Saturday’s championship rounds of the Western State Conference Championships.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com

Heading down a row of books to meet nine like-minded souls to discuss travel or criminal endeavors sounds like the start of a great novel. That's appropriate for fundraiser both benefitting and taking place in a library. 

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com

It was a sad day in February when David Dobbs, owner of Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, said that the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival, which he helped found, was not coming back as it had been.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com

For the record, vinyl is alive and well, in part thanks to events like Record Store Day. In its 11th year, the annual event is celebrated by stores around the world including our two local record stores, Going Underground and World Records.

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