HS Baseball: Rancho Christian Streaks to 11th Straight Win Shutting Out Temecula Prep 23-0


The Eagles Remain Undefeated in the South Valley League with a 6-0 Record, are 16-3 Overall

By Lynn Guerin

The Rancho Christian Eagles hosted the Temecula Prep Patriots and their fans Thursday for Patriots Senior Day. The gesture was sincere and a gracious one. But the red carpet was rolled up, and the hospitality short lived with the shout of “Play Ball”, as Rancho screamed out of the dugout in the top of the first inning and put 13 runs on the scoreboard.

As you might surmise, 13 was a very unlucky number for The Patriots. For the Eagles the number 5 was lucky-5 hits-5 errors-5 walks and 5 batters hit by the pitcher, all in the first inning. Still rolling on a hard five, Rancho scored five more runs in the second inning and five more runs in the third inning. The five runs in the third came on…yes you guessed it, 5 hits.

That kind of high rolling put the score at 23-0 after 3 innings and put a mercy rule in place-after of course –the 5th inning.

Rancho’s offensive contributors were many. Joey Hauck, Trevor Jones, Joel Pruitt, and Micah Gaukler each had 3 hits. Colton Bulger and Pruitt had 3 RBI’S. Gaukler drove in four runs.

Joey Hauck and Taylor Tosches each scored 3 runs. Trevor Jones and Carter Treadway both came across the plate 4 times. Rancho banged out a total of 16 hits and raised its team batting average for the season to a healthy .345.

The lucky number for Rancho pitches was zero. Those came via 5 shutout innings-2 by starter Colton Bulger, who gave up one hit, and picked up his seventh win of the season. Two shutdown innings by Cole Guerin who also gave up one hit and struck out two. Joey Hauck closed it out in the fifth giving up 1 hit and striking out 2.

Zero was also the number of batters walked by the 3 Rancho hurlers.

With the 11th straight win, Rancho improves its season record to 16 wins and 3 defeats. The Eagles remain undefeated in the South Valley League with 6 wins without a loss.

Rancho has a very busy week ahead of them with 3 games. Tuesday, May1 Rancho travels to California Military Institute. On May 3, Rancho plays rival Calvary Murrieta at Storm Stadium. Nuview Bridge visits Rancho on Saturday the 5th at 10am.

Photos by Rob & Michelle Hauck