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The Diamond in Lake Elsinore once again played host this season to our local baseball teams for a triple header. This time it was the Sunbelt League that got to take advantage of playing at the number one rated ballpark in the minor leagues.
“This is the second portion of or high school triple header for 2014. We hosted the Southwestern League in March and have been getting really good feedback. The sponsorship level is increasing and just to give these teams the opportunity to play on the best field in the Cal League is something special for the kids and that’s what we’re out here for,” said Director of Storm Events Josh Ferguson.
Trimble brings the heat to Elsinore as Temescal Canyon ousts Tigers 6-1
As the games got underway, the sun was shining bright and though the forecast definitely called for heat, it was Temescal Canyon’s starter Sean Trimble that would ultimately be the one bringing it.
Trimble threw a complete game and picked up his fifth win of the season giving up just one earned run on five hits, he would walk two and struck out five on the day.
Temescal Canyon (15-6, 9-2) took the lead early in the game thanks to a three run second inning which was sparked by Terry Zuccola’s leadoff walk. Eddie Ruiz and Sean Trimble would add a pair of RBI hits and the Titans would never look back, adding three more runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Elsinore (11-11, 6-5) tried to answer back with a run scoring triple in the bottom of the fourth by junior Anthony Jimenez who plated Daniel Naus (Sr-3B), but that would be the only run the Tigers could muster up in the loss.
Lancers skewer Panthers 11-3
Game two on the day would see the Lakeside Lancers’ capitalize on 16 hits and Perris’ four errors which resulted in a lopsided 11-3 showing at the second annual Valley News Diamond Showcase held at Storm Stadium on Friday, May 2.
Their previous meeting three days earlier was much closer as Lakeside won 7-5 on a 12-7 hitting advantage with each team recording four errors. Junior Dominic Gutierrez hit 3-for-4 including a double and an RBI; he was also successful on both base-stealing attempts. Senior pitcher Kyle James earned the win for Lakeside. Junior pitcher Robert Carrillo was credited with the loss.
Carrillo also had an RBI triple at the top of the third to tie the game at 2-2, but Lakeside’s Rudy Medina responded with a stand-up triple of his own to deep left. Steven Frazier hit a single to drive in Medina and advanced to second on an overthrow to first and to third on a wild pitch. Omar Saad drove him in to make the score 4-2 Lakeside.
Lakeside scored four more runs at the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Gutierrez, an RBI single by Bracamontes, and a bases-loaded two-RBI base hit by Medina.
“We took it one pitch at a time,” said head coach for the Lancers Bryan Wade, “but this time we expected to win. That was the difference. We expected to win this game and went out and did what we were supposed to do. We had a great senior on the mound (Christian Cisneros) to start us off. He threw the best game he’s thrown this year. Were struggling in league play which comes from a long history of struggling as a program, but if these guys believe they can then we have a chance ahead of us to do some damage in league and hopefully grab a spot in playoffs.”
Perris (2-12, 0-11) will face Elsinore (11-11, 6-5) on the road and at home next week and then finish the season away and at home against Temescal Canyon (15-6, 9-2). Lakeside (7-14, 3-8) will finish their regular season play with home and aways against Heritage (10-11, 4-7) and league-leader Paloma Valley (17-4, 11-0).
Wildcats still unbeaten in Sunbelt, 5-2 win over Heritage
Game three on the day, which took place under the lights, featured the Paloma Valley Wildcats (17-4, 11-0) who continued their Sunbelt League dominance with a 5-2 win over the Heritage Patriots (10-11, 4-7).
“Our team has played like this all year,” said Wildcats’ coach Chuck Kemp, “scrapping for every run. They play fundamentally sound defense and our guys on the mound continually compete week after week after week. This was classic Paloma Valley baseball and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” When asked whom he wanted to credit with a shout-out, he responded, “The Paloma Valley crowd and fans that support us!”
Paloma Valley took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning until Heritage’s Austin Clifton turned his base hit into a two-bagger on a throwing error to first. He scored on a base hit by Michael DiMarco to put Heritage on the scoreboard, 3-1. Walz led off with a hit for Paloma Valley, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Kemp and a grounder by Josh Arvizu and it would be Anthony Lee who would beat out a grounder for an RBI base hit to give the Wildcats a 4-1 lead.
Following a scoreless fifth inning, Heritage would pull to within two. Paloma Valley’s Alex Patterson led off the 6th inning with a base hit, but was thrown out attempting to steal second. James Garcia got a base hit and was advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Arvizu and Anthony Lee would walk as Heritage changed pitchers to Anthony “AJ” Villa (1.53 ERA). Nick Salazar immediately hit a line drive through third base, but an out was awarded at the plate when the umpires said one of the runners on base intentionally ran into the catcher.
Paloma would shut Heritage down in the bottom of the 6th and 7th and immediately following the game, Paloma Valley’s Cody McCoy bounded into the stands with a bouquet of flowers as the game announcer and the stadium’s video board broadcast his question “Miranda Rogers, will you go to prom with me?” She said “yes.” The prom was the next night.