It’s tough to win 12 straight games without catching a few breaks.
Legacy’s baseball team got a couple of breaks on Monday, and the Longhorns took advantage by beating Bonanza 3-2 and Carson (Calif.) 5-4 in the Blazer Spring Bash at Bonanza.
Against Carson, the Longhorns (12-1) trailed 4-2 in the fifth but rallied to score twice to tie the score. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Andres Ortiz walked with one out and scored on Chase Skinner’s RBI double to right-center field.
“He put the bat on the ball and found a hole,” Legacy coach Bill Dexheimer said. “In both games today, we hit the ball pretty hard, just right at folks. That’s all you can ask of the kids is to be a tough out and have good at-bats. When you pitch and play defense, sometimes later in the game you get those balls to drop.”
It was Skinner’s second key double of the game. He hit a two-out double in the fifth inning to put runners on second and third.
Austin Christiansen then hit a liner to center field. Carson’s Mike Johnson tried to make a sliding catch, but the ball got past him, allowing two runs to score to tie the game at 4.
Ortiz threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Starter Zack Monticelli allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight.
“He hasn’t been a key starter for us this year, but he stepped up and gave us a good 5 1/3 (innings) there,” Dexheimer said. “He located the fastball real well, and he threw his secondary pitch for a strike.”
In the first game, Joey Lauria tossed a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts to help the Longhorns edge the Bengals.
“That kid’s been stepping up for us,” Dexheimer said. “He had a great offensive season last year. In order for us to be competitive, I need my juniors to step up and start pitching well. And Joey’s a junior, and he’s throwing well.”
The Longhorns haven’t lost since their season opener on March 12 when they dropped a 5-2 decision to Rancho.
“When we play certain teams in our division, we’re probably not as talented position by position, but I think a good description is we’re gutsy and competitive,” Dexheimer said. “Good, hard-nosed type kids that just try to find a way to win.”
Spring Valley 3, Arbor View 2 — At Spring Valley, Billy Bob Ward’s RBI single scored Chase LaComb for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Grizzlies held on to beat the Aggies.
Ward later scored on a balk to give Spring Valley a 3-1 lead.
Aaron Blair earned a complete-game win, allowing seven hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.
LaComb was 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI.
Chris Manning went 2-for-3 with a double for Arbor View.
Arbor View 10, San Fernando (Calif.) 0 — At Spring Valley, Zach Hartman pitched a five-inning one-hitter to help the Aggies cruise past the Tigers.
Hartman had a perfect game until allowing a one-out single in the top of the fifth. He struck out six.
Arbor View’s Manning was 2-for-2 with two home runs and five RBIs. Jacob Badger and Colton Hinricksen both went 2-for-2 for the Aggies, who led 8-0 after three innings.
Las Vegas 15, Rim of the World (Calif.) — At Las Vegas, Trevor Lowe was 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBIs to lead the Wildcats to a six-inning win.
Bryce Harper went 2-for-2 with a triple, a double and three runs for Las Vegas.
Las Vegas 7, Banning (Calif.) 6 — At Las Vegas, Quinnton Mack singled home Tanner Chauncey with one out in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Wildcats.
Chauncey hit a one-out double. After an intentional walk, Lowe singled to load the bases for Mack.
Harper went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and an RBI to lead Las Vegas. Chauncey added a triple and a double and Wes Grass two singles for the Wildcats.
Rim of the World (Calif.) 4, Boulder City 2 — At Las Vegas, the Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the fifth but were unable to overcome a 3-0 deficit.
Steven Kaposta was 2-for-4 for Boulder City.
Centennial 12, Campbell Hall (Calif.) 2 — At Centennial, Dominick Monteiro was 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Bulldogs to a five-inning win.
Anthony Consiglio was 2-for-3 with a triple, a double and an RBI for Centennial.
Centennial 14, Northridge (Colo.) 9 — At Centennial, Monteiro went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs as the Bulldogs overcame six errors to win.
Justin Gault was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Consiglio was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs.
Desert Oasis 10, Desert Pines 2 — At Desert Oasis, Dakota Roehl pitched a four-hitter to lead the Diamondbacks past the Jaguars.
Roehl had eight strikeouts with one walk.
Matt Garrett was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for Desert Oasis.
James Young went 3-for-4 with a double for Desert Pines.
Desert Pines 16, Buckley (Calif.) 6 — At Desert Oasis, the Jaguars scored nine runs in the fifth inning to pull away for a five-inning rout of the Griffins.
Josh Alaniz (three RBIs) and Gerardo Cruz (two) each went 3-for-4 for Desert Pines. Bryan Cavriales was 2-for-4 for the Jaguars.
Sierra Vista 7, West Ranch (Calif.) 5 — At Sierra Vista, Jake Hager was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run to lead the Mountain Lions, who won despite committing seven errors.
Julian Cutolo was 2-for-2 with an RBI for Sierra Vista, which scored three runs in the sixth to win. Four walks and a hit batter helped the Mountain Lions in their three-run sixth.
Sylmar (Calif.) 6, Sierra Vista 3 — At Sierra Vista, Sylmar scored three runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good.
Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) 10, Durango 0 — At Durango, Christian Torres threw a two-hitter to lead the Panthers over the Trailblazers.
Torres struck out five in seven innings. Ryan Pereborow had a triple and a double for Peninsula.
Chatsworth (Calif.) 2, Durango 1 — At Durango, Cooper Stone’s one-out RBI single in the top of the seventh inning plated Casey Toven for the go-ahead run as the Chancellors beat the Trailblazers.
Zach Hollenback was 2-for-4 for Durango.
Durango’s Danny Reynolds pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts.
Horizon (Calif.) 15, Palo Verde 5 — At Palo Verde, the Panthers walked 13 batters and hit another in a six-inning loss.
Brian Szepelak was 2-for-4 for Palo Verde.
Chatsworth (Calif.) 10, Coronado 0 — At Durango, Christian Lopez threw a three-hit shutout with six strikeouts to lead the Chancellors to a six-inning win.
Steven Pollex was 2-for-2 with a double for Coronado.
Narbonne (Calif.) 13, Liberty 9 — At Sierra Vista, the Gauchos outhit the Patriots 19-10 on the way to the win.
Narbonne scored seven runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-5 lead.
Dominic Guerra (two RBIs), Seth Wieman, Travis Fryman and Dylan Rogers had two hits apiece for Liberty.