HS Baseball: Local teams hit the field as Southwestern League action gets underway

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Murrieta Valley beat Chaparral 4-3 in their league opener at home. Courtesy photo.

Spring is here, well, almost, but spring high school sports are definitely here, and this week marked the start of league games all over the valley. In the Southwestern League, the dogfight has begun. Great Oak came out swinging against Temecula Valley, firing up their offense in the first inning, when Martin Castillo’s sac fly scored two runs for the Wolfpack. Great Oak (7-3) took the lead for good with one run in the fourth inning, when Castillo singled on a 1-1 count, scoring another run, giving the Pack a 7-6 lead, which would be the final.

Temecula Valley fell to Great Oak 7-6 in their league opener at home. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography

Jacob Mantiply got the win for the Wolfpack. He allowed two hits and zero runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out one. Jordan Moskal threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Senior right-hander, Tyler Santos, took the loss for Temecula Valley. He went two innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out one and walking one. Junior left-hander, Ethan Van Scoy, started the game for the Golden Bears. He went three innings, allowing six runs on six hits and striking out three. Taking the game into the fourth was Sebastian Castro for Great Oak, allowing six hits and six runs while striking out three

Ryan ‘Woody” Hadeen led Temecula Valley (2-4) with three hits in four at bats. Great Oak racked up ten hits on the day. Will Potter, Castillo and Andruw Householder all had multiple hits for the Pack. Potter went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Great Oak in hits.

Vista Murrieta’s Cayden Castellanos, pictured here facing Colby Moran of Murrieta Mesa, surrendered zero runs on three hits with eight strikeouts. Valley News/JP Raineri photo.

Over in Murrieta, at Vista Murrieta High School, the Murrieta Mesa Rams watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 5-0 loss to the Broncos. Vista Murrieta (7-2) got on the board in the second inning when they scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Burns and a single by Aiden Kaiser.

Senior hurler, Cayden Castellanos, got the win for the Broncos. He surrendered zero runs on three hits over six and a third innings, striking out eight and walking one. Cade Castillo threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Junior right-hander, Jhayden Raineri, took the loss for Murrieta Mesa on the bump. He went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out three.

Murrieta Mesa (6-2) collected only three hits in the game. Junior catcher, Makana Olaso, gave the Rams a little bit of hope by breaking open a no-hitter when he hit a double down the left field line, but it would be short lived as Castellanos kept the Mesa hitters at bay the rest of the way. Kaiser led Vista Murrieta with two hits in three at bats, picking up 3 RBIs along the way.

Also, in Murrieta, the Chaparral Pumas traveled to the home of the Nighthawks, where Murrieta Valley (1-7) won a close 4-3 game. The Nighthawks got on the board in the second inning when Ricky Rodenberg doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.

Murrieta Valley beat Chaparral 4-3 in their league opener at home. Courtesy photo.

David Horn got the start for Murrieta Valley. He surrendered one run on two hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out four. Rheego McIntosh started the game for Chaparral lasting five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking one. Jack Pavlovsky threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Ryan Kay went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Murrieta Valley in hits. Ryan Sampson led Chaparral (5-3) with two hits in three at bats. As Southwestern League play continues, each team will play each other once, then come back again after spring break and have a 2-game series to wrap up league and decide playoff spots. To start things off this week…Great Oak will host Murrieta Mesa, Vista Murrieta will travel to Chaparral and Murrieta Valley will take to the road to face Temecula Valley. Game times will now begin at 3:30 p.m. as daylight savings has come to end.

*Stats and schedules provided by Game Changer and MaxPreps.

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