Murrieta Valley’s sense for drama was on stage yesterday as the Nighthawks came from behind to beat the favored Wolfpack 5-4 in front of a very spirited home crowd.
Murrieta Valley senior, Shad Soto singled off starter Brad Wegman in the seventh. Wegaman then intentionally walked shortstop Kevin Padlo putting the tying run in scoring position. Senior Cody Martin then singled to right field to bring Soto home for the tie.
Great Oak would give the Nighthawks their second intentional walk of the inning putting Domonic Morace on to load the bases. James Schmidt then worked the count and he too walked scoring Padlo for the win. It was Padlo’s third run of the game.
Senior Ben Mora went five innings giving up four runs for MVHS, but it was Cody Cruz who came in and picked up the win. The Wolfpack’s Brad Wegman was the loser. “Wegman is one of the best pitchers in the league,” said Nighthawks coach Monte Jones. “I’m so happy for these kids. I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Sophomore lead off hitter Brandon Stewart had a hit, scored twice and had an RBI for Great Oak. Juniors Logan Morrison and Mitch Hayes each had a hit and an RBI.
The Nighthawks have shaken up the Southwestern League and are now sitting alone at the top of the pack with a 5-2 record. MVHS is 13-6 overall. The Wolfpack falls into a three-way tie for second place with the Golden Bears and Broncos. The Broncos upset the number one ranked team in CIF SS Division 2 again this week, shutting them out 2-0 for the second time in two days.
The Nighthawks will be home to take on Murrieta Mesa Tuesday. Great Oak will roll into Vista Murrieta to face the red hot Broncos. Game time is 3:30.