The Eagles have Won 10 Straight and in First Place in the South Valley League
By Lynn Guerin
The Rancho Christian Eagles continued their winning ways Tuesday afternoon with a win over a good Nuview Bridge Knights team 6-4.The win improved Rancho’s record to 15 wins against 3 losses. It was their 10th straight victory and their 13th win in the last 14 games.
The win solidified their first place position in the South Valley League at 5-0. It also reinforced a #3 ranking in Division 5 state rankings.
Rancho got another outstanding performance from senior Trevor Jones on the mound and at the plate. Jones had 3 hits-2 singles and a double, a walk, scored two runs and drove in two runs. He raised his season average to a hefty .509.
He also pitched the first six innings, gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts He earned his 6th win of the year against one loss.
Rancho opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. With 2 outs, Jones singled sharply. He then stole second. Carter Treadway walked. Colton Bulger singled down the 3rd base line scoring Jones and sending Treadway to third. Treadway scored on a wild pitch giving Rancho a 2-0 lead.
In the 3rd inning Rancho took a 3-0 lead when Taylor Tosches singled, stole second base and came home on a ringing double to the gap in left center by Jones. In the fourth inning, Rancho picked up their 4th run when Micah Gaulker singled home Danny Meraz, who had reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second.
In the 5th inning Rancho stretched its lead , when they scored 2 runs on 3 base hits. Tosches picked up his second hit of the night, a single and then stole second . Taylor scored on Jones’ single. Jones scampered to second on the throw home. He scored when Treadway singled.
In the top of the sixth Jones was cruising along with a two hit shut out. With one out, the game’s momentum suddenly shifted. Three singles, 2 walks and 2 Rancho throwing errors enabled Nuview Bridge to score 3 runs and cut the lead in half, 6-3.
Rancho went quietly in the bottom of the sixth, still holding on tightly to a 3 run lead. Coach Tony Nobiensky went to the bullpen in the top of the seventh calling on sophomore right hander, Cole Guerin. Guerin got the first out with one pitch inducing a fly out to left fielder Micah Gaulker. The next batter walked but was erased on a fielder’s choice for the second out.
Three straight singles by AJ Soriano, Josh Ochoa and Kaleb Castro made the score 6-4 and had the bases loaded with 2 outs. The next batter was cleanup hitter Jacob Ochoa. Guerin got Ochoa to lift a lazy fly ball to center fielder Joey Hauck, who made the catch to preserve the Rancho win. Guerin picked up his 3rd save of the season.
South Valley Legue Standings
Rancho Christian 5-0
Santa Rosa Academy 4-1
Nuview Bridge 3-3
Calvary Murrieta 3-3
Temecula Prep 2-4
Cal Military Institute 0-6
Photos by Rob Hauck