By Stephen Ramirez
LA MIRADA >> That showdown for first place in the Suburban League baseball chase never materialized Wednesday.Host La Mirada dominated from the start.Junior RJ Lan hit two home runs and drove in seven runs and the Matadores rolled to a 12-0 victory over Cerritos.Shawn Dumser, who earlier in the day signed a scholarship letter to attend Hope International University, gave up just one hit in five innings to improve to 5-1 for La Mirada, which is now 13-6 overall and 5-0 in league play. Cerritos, which was held to three hits, slipped to 11-8 and 4-1.The win keeps La Mirada tied for first with Bellflower (12-4, 5-0), which beat Artesia.
“Anytime you can come out and hit the ball like we did and give your pitcher, who’s been really, really good, in a big game, you get a chance to relax and just play,” La Mirada coach Jim Zurn said. “We were able to breathe and just play. We’ve been playing good baseball, but obviously the hot start gets everybody a chance to breathe a bit, relax and play our game.”
The Matadores all but put it away with a six-run first inning.
Anthony Quezada led off with a walk and Chad Wilson was hit by a pitch. Lan followed with a three-run home run to center field.
La Mirada then loaded the bases on a walk, a hit-batter and a single by Jakob Gonzalez. Omar Myzel and Justin Scroggin followed with a fielder’s-choice ground balls to score two more runs before a RBI double by Tony Valentin made it 6-0.
The Matadores pushed it to 12-0 in the third. Lan hit a grand slam to center field for the 12-0 lead. Kevin Kendall also had a triple and Gonzalez a RBI single in the inning.
“It just kept rolling (in the first inning),” Lan said. “I knew I was going to get an off-speed pitch. I decided to sit back and drive them. I had to take the first opportunity I would get, because I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot. But again, it’s a great team win.”
Dumser was just as dominate as La Mirada’s lineup. He allowed just one hit while facing 15 batters in five innings, using just 36 pitches.
“I think I told you earlier that we’ve had a lot of success when our pitchers on signing day,” Zurn said. “He’s one of the heartbeats of this team. If I need him, he’ll be ready to go on Friday (in the rematch at Cerritos).”
By Stephen Ramirez