By Jacob Bigley
La Salle’s final home game of the season brought conference opponent Serra High School to Arcadia County Park this Monday. Before the start, La Salle celebrated its seniors with a ceremony of the players and their families. The Lancer seniors handed their mother bouquets and caught an honorary pitch from their loved ones.
Starting for the Lancers at pitcher was Cameron Henderson (#7). Serra’s Morgan Lomax (#7) led the game off with a walk and a steal, one of his three, to second base. A ground out advanced Lomax (#7) to third, followed by another ground ball which was fielded by the pitcher and thrown to first base for the out. The throw to first gave Lomax enough time to sprint home and beat the throw at the plate, giving Serra a 1-0 lead.
Serra’s Cardinal Fernandezees (#24) started at the mound. La Salle came out hot in the first thanks to a hard hit grounder by Kyle Cuellar (#16), which proved too hot for the third baseman to handle. A bunt advanced the runner to second, followed by a steal attempt at third base causing the catcher to hurry his throw and overthrow the third baseman, allowing Cuellar to score and tie the game 1-1. Ryan Garcia (#23) stepped up next and hit a gap double to right center, which was followed by a walk from Sammy Martinez (#53), giving the Lancers runners on first and second. Joel Brown (#14) hit a gap single to right center, scoring Garcia and putting the Lancers up 2-1.
In the bottom of the second, Cardinal Fernandezees led off the inning with a single to right field. Tyler Morrison (#2) followed with a single of his own, sliding just under the third baseman’s glove. After a strikeout, Serra’s attempted bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Kennedy Guillen (#11) walked, loading the bases for the Cavaliers and bringing up the leadoff hitter Lomax (#7) with two outs. Lomax connected for a single that traveled between the shortstop and third baseman, scoring Fernandezees and tying the game 2-2.
The Lancers didn’t waste any time regaining their lead in the top of the second. The Lancers scored two more runs thanks to a bad throw to first and two consecutive walks, loading the bases with no outs. An infield ground ball to the second baseman by Daniel Saldivar (#5) caused a force out at second, allowing Mick Taylor (#21) to score from third and the Lancers to take the lead, 3-2. The Lancers added one more run in this inning thanks to a wild pitch by Alex Stamos (#24), scoring Henderson (#7) and bringing the score to 4-2.
The Lancers’ final two runs came in the third inning beginning with Joel Browns’ (#14) ground ball to third and another off-target throw to first, which gave Brown the easy trot to second. Brett Harper (#4) hit a grounder down the third base-line, reflecting off the glove of the third baseman, bringing runners to second and third. With two outs, Taylor stepped up to bat and hit a line drive single to right field and scored Brown and Harper and increased the Lancer lead to 6-2.
Serra’s final run came in the fourth inning with the bases loaded. The Lancers brought in Stamos (#24) for Henderson (#7), who escaped the inning allowing only one run due to a ground ball to shortstop by Gary McCoy (#0), who scored #18 and gave us the final score for the day of 6-3.
Kyle Cuellar (#16) came in for the Lancers to close the game, facing three batters and recording three consecutive outs. The Lancers earned their second League win of the season, bringing their record to 2-9. Serra is now 2-8 in league with both teams’ final game May 13th against each other at Serra High school.