East County Sports

Bruins take Summit game from RedHawks

Mountain Empire senior Jacobe Noland. / Heather Cunnington



ECS staff report

CAMPO —- It took five innings, but Mountain Empire charged back from a game-long deficit to move even with High Tech High of Chula Vista, the early leaders in th =e Summit League.

However, the Bruins took advantage of the wake-up call.

After the RedHawks bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to make it 4-all in the fifth innings, High tech answered with five runs in the sixth inning to down the RedHawks, 11-5, to double their lead over the second-place RedHawks.

The rally came courtesy of corner outfielder Dakota Daniels, who registered his best day at the plate this season with three RBI on 4-for-4 hitting. It was his third appearance of the season after participating in basketball.

Included was a sharp single to right field in the fifth to knot the ballgame at 4-all, bringing home Marcus Smith.(lead walk).

The comeback took RedHawks starting pitcher Jacobe Noland off the hook, leaving the game to the bullpen. However, reliever Nakai Lindholm was victimized by three errors which led to six unearned runs to hand the win to the Bruins.

For High Tech (8-4 overall, 2-0 league), third baseman Justin Rodriguez and first baseman Maximo Solis — the 3-4 hitters — each knocked in three runs. No. 5 batter Ray Castillo also drove in a pair of runs.

The wining pitcher was sophomore Danny Ledezma with four innings of relief.

Mountain Empire (5-6, 1-2 league), received a pair of hits by Noland but fell to third place.


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