BIG HERO: El Rancho’s Alex Barcenas, scene here making a tag on California’s Meah Lopez, had a
key two-run double in the Dons’ 4-2 win to stay in first in the Del Rio League on Thursday.
(Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)
El Rancho High School can do no wrong these days, and the Dons continued to show it Thursday.
Alex Barcenas had a key two-run double and Jaime Ramirez was solid in the circle as El Rancho won for the sixth time in seven games to stay in first in the Del Rio League with a 4-2 victory over California.
Ramirez tossed a five hitter and struck out two as the Dons improved to 14-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. They began the day in a four-way tie for the lead with California, La Serna and Santa Fe.
The Condors, who got an RBI from Karly Perez, slipped to 11-6 and 2-2.
Also, California appeared to take a 3-1 on a two-run home run by Perez. But she was later ruled out on appeal for missing second base and credited with a single.
El Rancho coach Daisy Flores: “I just told my girls to just play your game. California is a really good team and (the Dons) could be a little nervous. But I said just play your game like you know you can, catch the ball, hit the ball and they far exceeded my expectations today.”
California coach Jim Kruse: “It’s just a judgement call. He said she missed it by four or five inches. I (didn’t) think so. But we can’t change that.”