The Rams Win their First Southwestern League Victory of the Season
In the bottom of the seventh, Murrieta was down 3-1. Kevin Gameros laced a single to get on base. Anthony Salcedo bounced back from a couple rough at-bats earlier and hit a double down the third base line. Coach JP Raineri sent Gameros home on a whim, hoping to make something happen. It worked.
The Great Oak infielder Zach Arnold threw the ball over the catchers head, allowing Gameros to score 3-2. With Salcedo on third now, Ponce De Leon walked. Great Oak then intentionally walked Riley McDonald to load the bases with no outs to set up a force at any base.
Cameron Skinner up to the plate. Skinnner drilled a ball to the outfield that sacrificed Salcedo home and the game was tied. Brant Voth was at bat when Ponce De Leon stole third. The catcher’s throw was late and away. As Ponce De Leon got up to run home, he and the third baseman collided and the umpire granted him home on the obstruction call for the winning run.
“You always want to compete to the end of a game and I know Ponce De Leon would of made it home without a doubt on that throw after the steal, but with the boys getting tied up, the umpire made the right call and that is the way the game goes sometimes said Murrieta Coach JP Raineri. ”
Jorge Cervantes closed out the game and was the winning pitcher for Murrieta Mesa. He surrendered one run on one hit over one inning while striking out two. Diego Salinas, Jacob Marquardt, and Sebastian Cueva all put in work on the pitcher’s mound, steering their team towards the victory. Jacob Wilson started the game for Murrieta Mesa. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out one.
Cameron Mabee started the game for Great Oak. He allowed six hits and one run over six innings, striking out nine. Isaac Vasquez took the loss for the Wolfpack. Jacob Vasquez also pitched an inning, giving up 2 runs.
“This was a big game for quite a few guys that had been in a bit of a slump. We have been preaching that we have the guys to make things happen, they just need to believe that they can and today they showed up and things went our way” said Raineri. “It is nice to have the monkey off our back, but we have a lot of work to do in order to get back in the hunt.”
Great Oak 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3
Murrieta Mesa 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4
Photos by Alicia Salcedo