SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lompoc Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars get to extend their stay near the Nevada border.
This time, Lompoc ended its baseball game early — in five innings — trouncing Milford-Southern Utah 12-2 on Wednesday evening in South Lake Tahoe.
The Wednesday victory was a nice bounce back for a team that spent its Tuesday night enduring a 15-5 drubbing against Oahu, Hawaii — a contest that saw Lompoc falling behind 11-0 in the first three innings.
But manager Tommy Silva said he saw a more aggressive offense this time at the bat against an All-Star group from the Beehive State, as Lompoc scored eight runs in the second inning.
“We came out, got a big lead, hit the ball well and everyone contributed,” Silva said in a telephone interview after the game.
Matt Gonzalez helped elevate Lompoc’s offensive game with four RBI’s. He smashed a triple and single against a pitcher trying to come after Lompoc with mostly fastballs.
Anthony Lopez, Corbin Hayes, Isaiah Hernandez and Ray Ochoa were other contributors to the hitting party, as the quartet of players chipped in big singles. Nicholas Ahedo also had an RBI, as his left field smash brought one runner home. Lopez added a sacrifice fly that drove Oscar Rojas home. Rojas also added a sacrifice fly deep toward center field in the contest.
Lopez took the victory on the mound, as Silva said the right-handed ace stayed on the hill for three innings of this short contest. Ethan Malta relieved him in the fourth inning.
The victory places Lompoc against Yuma, Ariz., in a contest slated for 1 p.m. on Thursday in the elimination bracket.
Lompoc needs five victories at the max to clinch the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament title. Silva said this Yuma team Lompoc will face on Thursday is one that's on the same boat at his own team.
"We expect them to be a team that we can compete with. They did endure a big loss yesterday, but so did we," Silva said.