The Rangers Lead the Eagles by a Game 1n the South Eastern League Standings
By Lynn Guerin
The Santa Rosa Academy Rangers came to Rancho Christian on Friday with winning on their mind and revenge in their hearts. After falling to the Eagles just two days prior by 9 runs in an 11-2 defeat, the Rangers ran roughshod over the Eagles by a score of 10-6.
The Rangers combined strong pitching, a 12 hit offensive attack, and timely defensive stops for the well-deserved victory.
Santa Rosa gave notice from the start they came to play. Two singles and a double by the first three hitters scored the first run. Rancho starting pitcher Jo Jo Saatzer got a comebacker for the first out. A walk filled the bases, Saatzer then got a hard grounder right back at him. He threw to catcher Ty Miranda at home for the force. Miranda fired to Goodwin at first to complete the double play avoiding early disaster.
Rancho Christian tied the score at 1 in the bottom of the first on a long triple by Danny Meraz and a ringing double down the line in left by Taylor Tosches.
In the second inning Santa Rosa went quietly with just a two out single, as Saatzer got Ranger hitters on a line to second, a ground out at second and a strikeout . Rancho came back in the bottom of the second inning scoring four runs and took what must have felt like a comfortable 5-1 lead.
Cole Guerin started the rally beating out a single deep in the hole at short. Evan Matlock worked a walk. After a strikeout for out number 2, Saatzer walked. Meraz lined a single scoring Guerin and
Matlock. Tosches singled up the middle to score Saatzer and Meraz.
Santa Rosa cut the 4 run lead in half scoring two runs in the top of the third on back to back doubles, and a single. The Eagles took a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the third on a David Meraz single, 2 hit batters,Matlock and Teegarden, and a line single by Saatzer.
The Rangers however were just starting to charge the hill. In the top of the fourth, they would chase Rancho Starter Jo Jo Saatzer, and get to reliever Eli Goodwin for five runs on just 2 hits . The real story, however, was shoddy defense with 2 errors,2 wild pitches and 3 passed balls. With all those Eagle defensive lapses, Santa Rosa took an 8-6 lead.
The Rangers added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh to take a 10-6 lead. Rangers starting pitcher Ryan Buchanan battled through six innings for the win, shouldering an impressive 106 pitch workload with 65% strikes. Reliever Kenton Roth finished off the Eagles in the seventh striking out two. Buchanan also contributed two hits and scored three runs. Cole Rouse had two hits and scored two runs. Mark Hansen lead the rangers with 3 hits and two runs scored.
Rancho Christian saw its record slide below .500, with 5 wins,6 losses and 1 tie. They return to action on Tuesday against Escondido Charter.
Santa Rosa Academy 1 0 2 5 0 0 2 10
Rancho Christian 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 6
South Eastern League Standings
Santa Rosa Academy 3-1
Rancho Christian 2-1
Temecula Prep 0-3