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No. 2 Mater Dei shows offensive clout
JSerra had just scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut Mater Dei's lead to one and take the momentum in Saturday's Trinity League baseball showdown for first place.
Then the second-ranked Monarchs responded by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs in the bottom of the inning to turn a 5-4 lead into a 12-4 home victory over third-ranked JSerra.
Mater Dei (18-5, 9-2) takes a one-game lead over JSerra (19-4, 8-3) with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The victory also gives the Monarchs the season edge over the Lions, 2-1.
The Monarchs took advantage of two JSerra errors in the inning to help put the game away.
Ryan McMahon's two-run home run was the final blow.
That wasn't the only big inning for the Monarchs.
In the first, they sent nine batters to the plate and led, 3-0, thanks to a three-run home run from Jeremy Martinez.
"Anytime we can work their pitcher deep in counts and come up with clutch hits, especially Jeremy (Martinez) with the three-run home run to give us a boost, is huge," Mater Dei coach Burt Call said.
"That helped get us into the game and get us off and running."
Ryan Teel led the offense with a 4 for 4 night. He drove in two runs. Ty Moore was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and four runs scored. Martinez drove in five runs. Ryan Barr went 2 for 3.
Tyler Krause had two hits and drove in three runs for JSerra.
Davis Tominaga (3-0) was the beneficiary of the offensive output. He pitched six innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
"I just tried to hit my spots, in and out, and try and keep it out of the strike zone with two outs," Tominaga said. "I was glad they supported me with the runs."
On the other side, JSerra starter Trevor Charpie struggled from the outset. He threw 42 pitches in the first inning, allowed three runs, and was never able to find his comfort zone.
"I think he was a little too emotional to start," JSerra coach Brett Kay said. "He wasn't at his best. That's a testament to Mater Dei, they did a good job offensively."
Over the next two weeks, Mater Dei has series against Servite and Santa Margarita remaining. JSerra has Orange Lutheran and St. John Bosco of Bellflower.
"We can still contend for the Trinity League championship," Kay said. "It is going to be interesting to see how they (Lions) respond."
In a nonleague game:
Foothill 9, Mission Viejo 2: Rawley Hughes hit a three-run home run in the second and A.J. Hoover had a solo home run in the third to lead the Knights (13-10) to the road victory over the Diablos (14-11).
In the Chet Brewer Tournament:
No. 10 Capistrano Valley 9, Serra of Gardena 1: Casey Bennett had three RBIs and Connor Richmond had two to lead the Cougars (17-9) to the victory at USC.
In the OC Challenge:
Tesoro 6, No. 4 Cypress 2: Connor Spencer, Eric Hutting and Kevin Co all had two hits in the upset home victory for the Titans (13-12) over the Centurions (17-6).
Tesoro used four pitchers with A.J. Pipitone getting the victory in relief.
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