An overthrown ball at first base got Morro Bay’s Aidan Moriarty to charge home and send the Pirates into an excited wave of emotion – as he tied things up at 5-5 at Dan Bordary Field.
But that was the visiting Pirates’ last run against Lompoc in the top of the fourth inning, as the Braves scored 12 unanswered runs from there to roll 17-5 on Wednesday in a Los Padres League baseball game.
The Braves (10-2 in the LPL) erupted offensively in the bottom of the fourth – beginning first with Kalub Ramirez and his single to right field. From there, Connor Hayes – who had been battling a bad hip during the week – slid home to break the 5-5 tie. Ruben Cortez and Fabian Concholla would combine for four RBIs after the Hayes’ score to extend the lead.
While the Braves impressively pulled away from a Morro Bay charge, LHS head coach Brian Aguailar says his team has had some emotional ebb and flows on the diamond.
“We bring a lot of energy each day. It goes up and down – it’s a roller coaster of energy. We’re high when we’re high and we’re low when we’re low. We kind of hit that today,” Aguailar said. “We had a great game last time and we were emotionally high, but then we get lazy for a minute and they take advantage of it. But we band together and get it done.”
Lompoc trailed early on in the contest. With Cortez starting on the mound, Liam McDonald blasted an RBI single for the game’s first run. But LHS responded with a five-run outburst from there.
In the bottom of the first, Jeff Ray got the inning started with his line drive near the third base line – which got him to advance to second base. Ray would then tie the game on his walk to home plate. Ramirez came next to send Hayes home on his RBI. Hayes managed to hop over the catcher’s tag out attempt to put LHS up 2-1. After Oscar Rojas smashed a single to left field, Ramirez then concluded the inning with his run that made it 3-1.
Ray, Hayes and Devin Villalobos then guided the Braves to a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the second with their hits before the Pirates went on their scoring run.
MacDonald got the top of the fourth started with his triple toward right field. An error at first base in the next sequence got MacDonald charging home, changing the score to 5-2. After Carson Meinke sent a fly ball to center field for the single, Devon Arn then drove him home with his sacrifice fly ball to center field that cut the lead to 5-3. Owen Bettencourt’s RBI single and Moriarty’s run tied things up for Morro Bay.
But Lompoc came alive from there on both the offensive and defensive end – holding MBHS scoreless the rest of the way and watching Ramirez, Hayes, Ray and Cortez add more runs to the Dan Bordary scoreboard.
Both teams will return on Friday at Lompoc High for a 4 p.m. game.