Trailing 3-2, the Murrieta Valley Nighthawks tied the game in the sixth inning and then exploded for three more runs to come from behind and defeat the Wolfpack at Great Oak on Tuesday. The Nighthawk win improves Murrieta Valley’s league record to 3-2 and puts the Nighthawks into a three way tie for first place in the Southwestern League.
The Wolfpack took an early lead with a run in the first. MVHS moved ahead with two runs in the second inning only to fall behind again in the fourth. Great Oak scored two more to take the lead 4-2.
Wolfpack starter sophomore Zack Knoll was cruising but ran into trouble in the final inning. When MVHS put the tying run on board , Coach Eric Morton opted for reliever Austin Burke. Burke couldn’t get an out and would give up two runs and end up with the loss.
Nighthawk Nick Cottone started and scattered four hits over four innings. John Morell came in relief and picked up the victory for Murrieta Valley. James Schmidt, Cody Martin and Rylee Robinson had two hits, scored a run and had an RBI apiece. Dominic Morace, Max Maitland and Kevin Padlo also scored once and knocked in a run each.
Wolfpack lead off hitter Brandon Stewart was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Chandler Wagoner and Brad Wegman each had two hits for Great Oak.
The Nighthawks and Wolfpack face off again today at 3:30pm at Murrieta Valley to see who stays in first, and who doesn’t.
In another important league game Temecula Valley will be at Vista Murrieta.