HS Baseball: Cole Guerin Twirls a One-Hitter as Rancho Christian Defeats Santa Rosa 11-2


Eagles Bats Come Alive Wednesday Afternoon against the Rangers

By Lynn Guerin

The Rancho Christian Eagles put it all together on Wednesday when they went on the road to visit the Santa Rosa Academy and came away with an 11-2 win.

Excellent pitching, their best hitting day of the season, and a strong defense were the keys. Junior right hander Cole Guerin started and finished, tossing a masterful one hitter in Rancho Christian’s first complete game of the season.

The Eagle offense came alive, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits. Eight of those runs and seven of the hits came in a wild top of the sixth, as Rancho Christian hitters squared up and drove everything they hit.

The Eagles plated one run in the first, fourth, and 5th innings, In what appeared to be unfolding as a close contest, Santa Rosa scored a single run in the second tying the score at 1 run after 2 innings.

That would be it for the Rangers until the sixth when they scored an unearned run. But by that time Rancho had the game well in hand with the barrage of 8 runs in the top of the sixth.

Rancho had five hitters with 2 hits including Jo Jo Saatzer, Micah Gaukler, Danny Meraz, and Ty Miranda who all had a pair of singles. Elijah Gooden had a double and a triple and drove in 2 runs. Nine different Eagles crossed the plate .

The Eagles defense played an important role as Guerin keept the ball down and causing numerous ground ball outs. Saatzer was sparkling in the field. Miranda caught a strong game behind the plate in his first start at that position, stepping up for injured starting catching catcher frosh Jake McMahon. Goodwin made a couple of tough and timely stops at first on low throws.

With the win, Rancho Christian got its season record back to the .500 level with 5 wins 5 losses and a tie. Rancho is 2-0 in South Valley league play.

Santa Rosa gets a chance for redemption when they travel to Temecula visiting the Nest to play the Eagles for a 3:15 start on Friday.

Rancho Christian   1 0 0 1 1 8 0  11

Santa Rosa                0 1 0 0 0 1 0  2


South Valley League Standings

Rancho Christian 2-0

Santa Rosa Academy 2-1

Temecula Prep 0-3

Carnegie Schools-Riverside 0-0

Photos by Lynn Guerin