The Moore League baseball standings got a lot more interesting on Wednesday after Wilson delivered a complete effort at home in a 9-4 win over Long Beach Poly. The Bruins (10-9-1, 3-2) moved up into a tie for third place with the Jackrabbits (12-11, 4-2) just one game behind Lakewood and Millikan.
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“Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect today,” Wilson coach Andy Hall said. “Maybe we’re starting to find it, because he haven’t hit the ball that well very much this year.”
Wilson batted around and scored five runs in the third inning as every Bruin reached base at least once, and all but one spot in the lineup scored a run. Senior Alex Seguine had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored from the leadoff spot. He also helped turn three double plays in the last three innings.
“We get a lot of defensive work in practice, and it just comes naturally to me,” Seguine said, who had to move from second base to shortstop for injured Greg Reasbeck.
“We’re better when we get off to an early start,” Seguine said.
Poly scored first in the top of the first inning with a 2-out RBI single from Jeff Evans that scored Chris Murphy. Wilson pulled even in the bottom of the second with a 2-out RBI single from Ryan Pettway that scored Nolan Ornelas.
Evans scored Murphy to give the Jackrabbits the lead again in the third, but the Bruins respond in the bottom of the frame.
Crixtian Taveras led off the big inning by driving a breaking ball to the base of the right field fence where it bounced out of EJ Andrews’ glove as he backed into the covered chain link. After Ryan Guerero was hit by a pitch for the second of three times in the game, Poly got an out a third with a fielder’s choice. Wilson followed that with three consecutive hits from Ornelas, Nick Mores and Jack Odell to take the lead. Seguine finished off the barrage with a 2-RBI single.
Wilson starting pitcher Nick Endres allowed seven hits and five walks in 4.1 innings. Aiden Alaniz gave up two hits in 2.2 innings of relief, and got help from the three double plays down the stretch.
Morse was the only Bruin with two RBIs, and he was one of four Bruins to reach base three times. Guerrero reached four times after he drove in two runs with a double off of the left field wall to answer two runs from Poly in the top of the inning.
Poly had nine hits and stranded 12 runners on base– six in scoring position. Leadoff hitter Nolan Brown had three hits and an RBI. Andrews went 1-for-3 with a walk. Starting pitcher Tim Fife left in the third inning with an injury. Will Hallock gave up five hits and three runs in 4.2 innings of relief.
Wilson is at West Torrance for the Redondo Tournament today, and takes on Cabrillo at Blair Field on Friday before Poly faces Jordan in the nightcap of the doubleheader.