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Blaze in a daze: Bakersfield's offense historically inept

Bakersfield Blaze hitter Kyle Petty takes his turn at bat in the first inning against the High Desert Mavericks, Tuesday evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark.

The Bakersfield Blaze played the 100th game in the 68th season of minor-league baseball in Bakersfield on Monday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark, celebrating the occasion with a five-run first inning and an 11-5 victory over the High Desert Mavericks.

Unfortunately for the Blaze, that kind of offensive outburst has been as rare as a Bakersfield thunderstorm: In fact, with 39 games to play, there’s a strong case to be made that this is the worst offensive season since Bakersfield’s professional baseball history started in 1941 (there was no pro baseball here from 1943-1945 and

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Condors release preseason schedule

The Condors will play two preseason games to kick off their inaugural season in the American Hockey League. On Friday, Oct. 2, The Condors will travel to Stockton to play the Heat at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday Oct. 3, they will host the San Jose Barracuda in the first AHL game in Bakersfield at 7 p.

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