The Cabrillo baseball team remained in the middle of a battle for first place in the Los Padres League after jumping on Orcutt Academy in a rare league game played on Monday.
Taking a 9-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Conquistadores defeated the Spartans 11-3 Monday afternoon at Elk's Field in Santa Maria. With the win, Cabrillo improves to 8-3 in the LPL and will be tied for second with whichever team falls in this afternoon's Lompoc and Santa Ynez showdown at Santa Ynez High.
Going into the game, the Braves and the Pirates are tied atop the LPL with 8-2 records. Lompoc won the first matchup between the two teams in Lompoc.
Cabrillo pounded out 15 hits in Monday's win while winning pitcher Philip Martin went the distance on the mound, allowing seven hits and three runs. He took a shutout into the sixth, when the Spartans scored twice. Then they added a single run in the bottom of the seventh.
Cabrillo struck for two runs in the second on a two-run double from Michael Ortiz. In the fourth, the Conqs scored five times with RBI singles from Joseph Sousa and Ortiz. Later in the inning Brett Gregory knocked in a pair of runs with a double.
Orcutt finally broke through with two in the sixth with a pair of runs then scored one run in the seventh.
Ortiz had a big game with three hits, including a double and four runs batted in. Gregory had two doubles for the Conqs and drove in three runs. Sousa, a sophomore who coach Jon Osborne said has been batting in the designated hitter spot for the past eight games, added two hits and a pair of RBI and Martin helped his cause with three hits and three runs scored.
Cabrillo will next play at Nipomo Friday while Orcutt Academy is at Morro Bay.
Nipomo 214, Lompoc 230
The Titans, in first place in the LPL, had a good day at the La Purisima Golf course defeating the much improved Braves by 16 strokes.
Nipomo was led by medalist Adam Burrola who had a one over par 37 on the front nine. Teammate Ray Navis finished one stroke behind while Devin Hale led Lompoc with a 40.
Rounding out the scoring for Nipomo were Ethan Navongsy (45), Jett Rugg (46) and Keenan Camacho (48)
The other scorers for Lompoc were Ryan Hale (43), Frank Williams (46), Jayden Powers (49) and Dylan Davis (52).
Both teams will compete in the final LPL tournament, which will be held at the Village Country Club Thursday.
Cabrillo 215, Orcutt Academy 257
With consistent scoring, the Conquistadores maintained a solid hold of second in the LPL with a win over the Spartans at Rancho Maria.
All six of the Cabrillo golfers finished within two strokes of each other, led by Cory Haigler and Justin Buenaventura who both carded 42 and John Schollars had a 43. Eli Mayhew, Logan Ledgerwood and Austin Kranz finished at 44, with one of the 44s being the throwout score.
Orcutt was led by Markus Lund who was the medalist with a solid 39. Conrad Walz scored a 42, Kory Monary had a 49, followed by Anthony Castillo at 52.
The final LPL tournament will be Thursday at the Village Country Club.
Santa Ynez 244, Santa Maria 282
Because of grades, Santa Maria had to utilize three junior varsity golfers, but the top golfer for the Saints, Joseph Balderama earned medalist honors with a 41 at the Alisal river course in Solvang.
The No. 2 golfer, Ruben Quintero also played well with a 45.
Santa Ynez was led by Tanner Shean at 42, followed by PJ Callahan at 43.