The Bronco Bats exploded for seven unanswered runs in the third ininning as Vista Murrieta easily advanced to Round Two of the Ford CIF SS Division 2 Baseball Playoffs Thursday with a convincing 8-1 victory over Bellflower.
Starting pitcher JT McLellan gave up the only Buccaneer run in the first inning and picked up the win for the Broncos. Vista Murrieta also would use Brandon Nelson, Jack Moberg and Ian Nowak on the mound. The trio of relievers gave up only one hit over four innings of shutout baseball.
The Buccaneers scored their only run in their half of the first inning. The Broncos answered when Coltin Gerhart took the first pitch he saw deep to left field for a solo home run to tie the game at a run apiece.
The Broncos rallied and had a huge inning in the third. Vista Murrieta would bat through the line up as the Broncos exploded for seven runs. Doubles by Benny Blackwell, Jack Moberg, JT McLellan, Ian Nowak and Hunter Tidwell resulted in the rally that sent the Bellflower starter to the bench. It was all over. The Broncos never looked back as they cruised to a 8-1 victory over Bellflower.
Vista Murrieta is now 20-7 this season with their first playoff victory. The Broncos will travel to Valencia on Tuesday to take on the Tigers in round two action.
The Tigers finished third in the Empire league with a 8-4 record. They are 25-6 overall and are coming off a 19-1 shellacking of Arcadia and 7-3 victory over Beckman in the initial rounds of the Ford CIF-SS Division 2 Baseball Playoffs. Game time is 3:15