David A. Willauer-Contributing Writer-Rancho Buena Vista High School-Vista, CA-Thursday, May 19, 2022: In a Division III CIF Baseball First Round Playoff contest, the 8th seed Mar Vista Mariners broke a 2-2 tie on an infield single as they defeated the top seed Longhorns of Rancho Buena Vista by a 3-2 score
The Longhorns of RBV scored their first run in the bottom of the second as Christian Hill singled and advanced to 3base on a wild pitch, Wyatt Hamro’s sacrifice fly RBI to go up 1-0.
The Mariners came back in the 3rd inning and took a 2-1 lead as winning pitcher Trevor Rector (pitched 6.1 innings and recorded 6 strikeouts) hit a double between left and center field scoring Carlos Iberra and Jordan Mahan.
Rancho Buena Vista tied the game at 2-2, Christian Hill RBI single to leftfield scoring Oscar Rudman.
Mar Vista came back in the top of the 7th inning as Trevor Rector singled and Carlos Iberra scored the winning run to make the final score 3-2 in favor of the Mariners.
Former Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, current Rancho Buena Vista Coach Jesse English on his teams performance: “I felt that River Scott pitched 5 good innings, our defense made errors which scored some runs for Mar Vista early in the innings, we didn’t swing the bats well today.”
“For us to advance in the losing round we have to start swinging along with hitting the baseball for us to score more runs.” “When Mar Vista lead 2-1 Trevor Rector recorded 2 RBI’s and swung the bats well for them it was a back and fourth game all the way. “In the CIF playoffs to win games having confidence at the plate is needed. When we tied the game at 2-2 we did OK hitting but needed to work on hit and run situations. said Coach English.
” Mar Vista scored the go ahead run on a controversial call at first base. I questioned the call between the first baseman’s feet it was very close. “Umpires are human beings and to win at CIF we have to play our best ball right now.” said Coach English.
River Scott was the losing pitcher for the Longhorns at 17-12 pitched 6.1 innings gave up 5 hits 2 runs 2 earned and 7 strikeouts will host the 5th seed Vikings of LaJolla on Friday starting at 3:30 pm.