DEL RIO LEAGUE
CAL 4, LA SERNA 2
WHITTIER — California High School felt the pressure to win Friday.
But it was more for the Condors’ psyche, which is fine now after rallying for a 4-2 victory over rival La Serna in a Del Rio League game at Rio Hondo College.
Andres Hernandez had a two-run double to key a three-run fifth inning and Jakob Farmer was solid in two innings of relief as California (9-6 overall, 2-2 in league) rebounded from a 1-0 setback to Santa Fe on Wednesday.
Jacob Mora had two hits and a RBI for the Lancers (11-8, 1-2).
The Condors came up big late Friday. California, after going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position during the first four innings, went 2 for 3 in that category in a three-run fifth that keyed the victory.
Hernandez had the big hit, a two-run double that gave Cal a 4-2 lead.
California had tied it at 2 when catcher Eric Sotelo converted a squeeze play with a bunt back to the box to score shortstop Mike Elliott, who opened the inning with a walk.
Farmer did the rest. He gave up one hit and struck out five in the final two innings, including striking out Andres Perez to end the game.
Cal coach Tony Nieto: “(This was big) to rebound from the loss and to get our confidence back. We have a good team. I think we’ve been playing a little tight. But I have confidence in my team. I’m very proud of the way they gutted it out. We can be a scary team with the bats, but we have to progress. I think that’s where we are — we’re progressing.”
La Serna coach Anthony Gonzales Jr.: “We had more hits (7-5) than they did. But they came up big in big spots. It’s still really early in league and we’ll get going. I loved our effort today. It was just one of those games against a rival. It went their way.”
Cal’s Andres Hernandez: I knew it was a key situation. I was just waiting for a good pitch. I got one middle in, and I just turned on it.”
— Stephen Ramirez
DEL RIO LEAGUE
Pioneer 2, El Rancho 1
Santa Fe 7, Whittier 2