HS Baseball: Broncos beat Murrieta Valley 6-5. Pumas stun Great Oak 6-5 – The Race for Playoff Spots in the Southwestern league intensifies

Vista Murrieta 6 – Murrieta Valley 5

The Broncos beat Murrieta Valley for the second time this week as they improved to 16-6 overall and clawed back into a three way tie for second place in the Southwestern League with a 6-5 record. The Wolfpack and Nighthawks are also 6-5.

Vista Murrieta scored four runs in the second and two more in the fourth. The Nighthawks put one on the scoreboard in the third and rallied for four more in the sixth to pull within one run and were threatening. Enter the Bronco’s Ian Nowak who came in to pitch two scoreless innings to shut down the Nighthawks and get the save for Vista Murrieta. He also drove in two runs and scored once.

Coltin Gerhart tripled and knocked in three runs for the Broncos. Alex Jaques also had an RBI in the game. Brandon Nelson picked up the victory for Vista Murrieta.

Cody Martin was 2-for-4, Dominic Morace 2-for-3, James Schmidt 2-for-2 and Aaron Shackelford went 2-for-3 for the Nighthawks. Schmidt and Shackelford doubled. Ben Mora was the losing pitcher.

Chaparral 6 – Great Oak 5

The Pumas beat the Wolfpack 6-5 for the second time this season to dim Great Oak’s hopes of staying in the race for first place in the Southwestern League. Chaparral improves to 3-7 in league and could find themselves as the spoiler with 5 games to go in the season.

Chaparral went all out in the win against the Wolfpack. The Game was a real nail biter as Chaparral battled back time and again against Great Oak. Trailing 4-3 in their last at bat, the Pumas came from behind in the seventh to tie and send the game into extra innings.

The Wolfpack came back and scored the potential winning run in the ninth but Chaparral clawed back once again to tie the game. The Pumas had 14 hits in the game and scored in the 10th to win the game and beat the Wolfpack 6-5.

Chaparral is now 10-11 overall and 3-7 in league and take on Great Oak at home on Thursday of this week to wrap up the league series. The Pumas move on to face Murrieta Valley next week. The Wolfpack will play league leading Temecula Valley.

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