HS Baseball: Murrieta Mesa Holds Off Chaparral to Win 12-8 Friday

Riley McDonald Homers & Drives in 6 Runs for the Rams

Murrieta Mesa won it’s second game of the week against Chaparral Friday and fifth out of the last 6 games. The Rams improved to 9-15 overall and 4-8 in the Southwestern league.

“Taking the series from Great Oak last week and then grabbing the series from Chaparral this week…well that was huge for us and our confidence” said Murrieta Mesa coach JP Raineri. “Now we have to focus all of our energy on Murrieta Valley as we wrap up the season with a 3-game series. The Nighthawks are a tough team that has had much success this year, but we also know baseball is a game where anything could happen as long as we compete.”

Riley McDonald was bad news for opposing Puma pitchers on Friday. The senior hit a home run and drove in six runs to lead Murrieta Mesa past Chaparral 12-8, McDonald drove in runs on a sacrifice fly in the first, a single in the second, a home run in the fourth and a double in the fifth.

Gabriel Ponce De Leon, Anthony Salcedo and Kevin Gameros each scored three times for the Rams. Ponce De Leon and Cameron Skinner also drove in 2 runs apiece. Marco Robinson also had an RBI for Mesa.

Jacob Wilson got the win for Murrieta Mesa. He allowed four hits and zero runs over five innings. The junior struck out four and walking one. Diego Salinas and Bobby Barrett came into the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

The Rams had a comfortable 12 run lead in the sixth inning when the Pumas erupted for 5 runs. Chaparral would score 3 more in the top of the seventh but it was too little, too late for the Pumas.

“This was one of those games where the momentum was behind us from the first pitch of the game” said Raineri. “We have some boys really hitting the ball well and our pitchers have been doing their jobs. As long as these boys keep believing they can win, they will.”

Hayden Johns took the loss for Chaparral. He went three innings, allowing ten runs on eight hits and striking out one.

In other Southwestern league action, Murrieta Valley beat Great Oak 9-4.

Chaparral            0  0 0 0 0 5 3        8

Murrieta Mesa   3  3  0  5  1  0       12

Photos by Alicia Salcedo