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Baseball completes sweep of Bellflower

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It was another day but the same story for the Zach Morris and the Mayfair baseball team. On Wednesday it was Morris’s bases clearing triple in the top of the seventh inning to put the Monsoons up 5-2 over Bellflower. On Friday it was his fifth inning single that drove in two runs to put Mayfair up 5-2 in an eventual 6-4 win to complete the sweep of the Buccaneers.

After Bellflower tied the game at two apiece in the top of the fifth inning, the Monsoons took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Two walks set the stage for a Devin Mendez RBI single before Morris stepped up and delivered the critical two RBI hit to put the Monsoons up 5-2.

Mendez would pick up his third RBI in the sixth inning and extend the lead to 6-2. With one out in the top of the seventh, Aaron Orozco cut into the lead with a two-run home run for Bellflower. Monsoon pitcher Eric Chavarria was able to recover and close the complete-game effort with his fourth strikeout of the day.

Mayfair scored two in the third inning courtesy of two walks, a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice fly by Mendez, and an error. Bellflower would score one in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie it up. In both innings they had more chances to score, but Chavarria pitched out of trouble to limit the damage.

In the fourth inning the Bucs had the bases loaded with one out, but Chavarria forced a shallow fly ball and a pop up to close the inning. After conceding the tying run in the fifth, Chavarria forced a line drive with two runners on. Second baseman Dennis Stevenson was there to snag the ball and close the inning.

Mendez finished 2-for-2 from the plate with 3 RBIs and a walk. Catcher Matt Gutierrez was equally efficient. He scored three runs and reached base four times on two walks and two hit-by-pitches.

Orozco finished with three hits, two runs, and 2 RBIs for the Bucs.

With the win the Monsoons move to 13-4 on the season and 5-1 in league. They now sit in second behind La Mirada (16-4, 6-0) and just ahead of Glenn (13-9, 4-2) and Bellflower (12-10, 4-4). They play Artesia (2-16, 1-7) next week before decisive series against La Mirada and Glenn in the following two weeks.