HS Baseball: Murrieta Mesa Beats Great Oak 7-5 in Extra Innings


Cameron Skinner Singles in 2 Runs in the Eighth for the Win

Murrieta Mesa defeated Great Oak 7-5 in the eighth inning on Thursday, April 26. The Rams were leading 5-3 as the game went into the seventh inning. The Wolfpack scored 2 runs to tie it all up and send the game into extra innings.

“I say it all the time, it’s a dogfight in the Southwestern League and this game was another direct result of what happens when two teams won’t back downsaid Rams Coach JP Rainieri

Junior Cameron Skinner singled in 2 runs singled on a 0-2 count in the eighth inning for the win. Skinner ended up with 4 RBIs in the game. Senior Riley McDonald drove in the other 3 runs for Murrieta Mesa. Junior Anthony Salcedo scored 3 times and senior Kevin Gameros twice.

“Both teams just kept going at it. We would put up some runs, then Great Oak would answer. It was a mentally exhausting game that’s for sure” said Coach JP Rainieri.“I think the end result went our way as we just had more success getting through their bullpen than they did with ours. We had some guys get big hits to score some runs and our pitchers commanded the zone late in the game and that combo got us a good series win.”

Jorge Cervantes was the winning pitcher for Murrieta Mesa. He pitched the last one and one-third innings. The senior allowed one hit and struck out one. Antonio Carreon started the game for the Rams and Jacob Marquardt and Diego Salinas also pitched in relief.

Ethan Wayer took the loss for Great Oak. He lasted two and one-third innings, allowing three hits and two runs. Peyton Maple started the game for Great Oak. He surrendered four runs on seven hits over four and two-thirds

innings.

Juniors Cameron Mabee and Josh Paino drove in 2 runs for Great Oak. Junior Zach Arnold knocked in the other Wolfpack run.

“Right now we are just taking it one game at a timen.. There are some clear front-runners in the standings” said Coach Rainieri.

“Temecula Valley is having by far the greatest year they have ever had when it comes to their overall record and Vista Murrieta and Murrieta Valley are in attack mode, so we just have to stay focused and hungry and who knows what will happen.”

The Rams travel to Temecula to play Chaparral Tuesday. The Wolfpack will face the Pumas on Monday.

Murrieta Mesa   0 0 1 0 3 1 0 2 7

Great Oak           0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 5

Photos by Alicia Salcedo

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