The Murrieta Nighthawks shook off Tuesday’s unexpected 3-0 loss to the Rams and got things back to normal with a convincing 9-0 victory over Murrieta Mesa. Senior Ben Mora was flawless on the mound as he threw a no-hitter against the Rams. Mora pitched all seven innings and struck out six. Coach Monte Jones named him Player of the Game.
Murrieta Valley scored the only run they would need in the third inning to take the lead for good. The Nighthawks struck again with two more in the sixth and put the game away with six more in the seventh. Final score MVHS 9, MMHS 0.
The Nighthawk attack was led by Kevin Padlo, Dominic Morace and Aaron Shackelford. Each had two hits, Knocked in two RBIs and scored. James Schmidt had two hits while Rylee Robinson and John Moral had an RBI each.
The victory improves the Nighthawks to 14-7 on the season. More importantly, Murrieta Valley is 6-3 and finds itself in a three way tie for first place in the Southwestern League. The Wolfpack knocked off Vista Murrieta while Temecula Valley stomped Chaparral to keep pace in the race. The Rams are now 8-12 overall and 3-6 in league.
Murrieta Valley will host the Broncos next Tuesday. The Rams will travel to Temecula Valley to face the Golden Bears as the competition intensifies. Both games start at 3:30.