HS Baseball: Murrieta Mesa’s Big Third Inning Too Much for Chaparral at the Diamond

Aaron Torres Doubled and Drove in 3 Runs for the Rams in the 6-1 Victory

All six Southwestern league teams played a triple header Wednesday at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore. Murrieta Mesa had a huge 5 run third inning to defeat Chaparral 6-1 in the final game of the day. The Rams improve to 3-8 in league as the Pumas move to 2-10.

“It was a big win for us on a big night in a big-time ball park” said Rams Coach JP Raineri. “We just have to keep finding a way to manufacture runs on offense and our hurlers need to keep commanding the strike zone on defense.”

The Rams got things started in the first inning when Anthony Salcedo tripled down the left field line and scored when Cameron Skinner drove him in with a sacrifice fly ball to the outfield.

Chaparral evened things up at one in the bottom of the second inning. Niko Diaz came up with the bases loaded and was hit by a pitch. The Pumas scored their only run of the game.

Mesa pulled away for good scoring five runs in the third inning. Aaron Torres doubled and drove in 3 runs, Skinner and Riley McDonald each knocked in one. Kevin Gameros, Salcedo and Gabriel Pone De Leon scored.

“Chaparral did not back down, they had a lot of opportunities to strike back, we were just able to get out of some pretty intense situations defensively as the game progressed” said Raineri.

Antonio Carreon was the winning pitcher for Murrieta. The senior pitched four and a third innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven. Diego Salinas, Jacob Marquardt, and Jacob Wilson all put in work on the pitcher’s mound in relief.

Addison Smith started the game for Chaparral. He gave up four runs on one hit. Dylan Wilson and Hunter Messere pitched for the Pumas in relief.

In other Southwestern league action, league leading Temecula Valley lost to Vista Murrieta 3-2. Great Oak also crushed Murrieta Valley 8-0.

Murrieta Mesa will be home to host the Pumas Friday. “It’s all one day at a time right now. One game at a time, one pitch at a time” said Raineri. “With one week left in the regular season and with the way the schedule plays out for all of us in the Southwestern League, the dogfight will continue and you never know what will happen.”

Murrieta Mesa  1 0 5 0 0 0 0   6

Chaparral           0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1

Southwestern League Standings

Temecula Valley    11-2

Vista Murrieta        8-4

Murrieta Valley      7-5

Great Oak                 5-7

Murrieta Mesa        3-8

Chaparral                2-10

Photos by Alicia Salcedo