By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
MONTEBELLO – Montebello High School still has designs on winning an Almont League baseball title.
The Oilers weren’t about to let rival Schurr spoil those plans Tuesday.
Andrew Gallegos and Silvestre Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs each and host Montebello had a pair of 10-run innings en route to a 20-2 victory over the Spartans in a league game that was halted during the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.
The Oilers, who began the day one game behind first-place Alhambra with six league games remaining, improved to 10-9 overall and 8-2 in league play. Montebello also got two RBIs each from Chris Gonzalez and Jose Morales.
Schurr, which broke the shutout on a two-run double by Jacob Tumasian, slipped to 4-11 and 3-7. The two teams will complete their season series at Schurr on Friday.
“We have to think that every game is for our championship, and hoping that Alhambra can drop one,” Montebello coach Rafael Gutierrez said. “We tell the kids focus on the game at hand, and whatever happens outside of our games, will let happen.
“I’m pleased the way we stung the ball today.”
The Oilers had 15 hits against four Schurr pitchers and all but put this one to rest in the first, scoring 10 runs in the first on five hits on three errors.
Chris Gonzalez, Gallegos and Tonatio Monroy had RBI singles to highlight the first-inning uprising.
Montebello scored 10 runs in the fourth to put it away at 20-0, getting a two-run single by Gallegos and a two-run double by Sanchez.
Schurr’s Robis Rios opened the fifth with a double and Jacob Ramirez was hit by pitch before Tumasian broke the shutout with a two-run double.
“They got down on themselves, but we told them they have to keep playing,” Schurr coach Ken Marrero said. “That’s all we can do. This happens at all levels and all you can do is bounce back.”