Weston Ranch helped Orestimba of Newman break through for two five-run innings Wednesday as the visiting Warriors rolled to a 10-4 non-league baseball win.
“We played OK,” Orestimba coach Paul Baker said. “We put the ball in play, which is something we have been working on lately. This is a new system and we are just trying to get the kids to buy in on what we are doing.”
“Our pitchers threw strikes early on, just not what we wanted right there at the end but a win is a win.”
Orestimba (1-3) got those 10 runs on just five hits along with six walks, four wild pitches, three errors, three hit batters and a balk.
Steven Bustamante knocked in Christian Cortes on a fielder’s choice to give the Cougars (1-3) a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Andrew Montano doubled in Ethan Taylor in the sixth inning to draw within 5-2.
After the Warriors had their second five-run inning in the top of the seventh, Weston Ranch added two more in the bottom of the frame when Taylor (2 for 3, RBI, run) singled in Dustin Tinsley and Bustamante (two RBI) singled in Atlantis Gohleston.
The Cougars got runners aboard in every inning and stranded 13 runners, seven of them in scoring position.
“We get up there sometimes and we think we are going to hit a six-run home run,” Weston Ranch coach Dave Hager said. “I’m no genius, but that’s not possible within the limits of the game. We sometimes look at the moment and the moment is too big for us and that might be because we are young.
“But when you have to come out and sit one starter from the beginning and yank another – both for discipline issues — you’re not going to play as well as you can and that’s not how we get successful.”