Going into Wednesday afternoon’s game, the Mayfair baseball team had scored a league high 98 runs while the La Mirada pitching staff had allowed a league low eight runs. Behind timely hitting, a pair of defensive gems, and a dominant performance by Landon Anderson, Mayfair won the matchup as they rolled to a 4-0 win over La Mirada to pull into a first-place tie with the Matadors in league play.
The senior pitcher went the distance and struck out seven batters, including three in the sixth inning. La Mirada only had runners on second base three times, but went 0-for-4 against Anderson with runners in scoring position.
A pair of highlight reel plays prevented La Mirada from scoring on two occasions. With runners on first and second with one out in the first inning, La Mirada’s Andrew Diaz sent a line drive down the first base line. First baseman Devin Mendez snagged the ball which would have scored at least one run and tagged first to turn the double play.
In the top of third inning, Kevin Kendall stepped to the plate with two outs and RJ Lan on first. He sent a deep fly ball to right and Lan took off. Mayfair’s Zach Morris misplayed the ball and dropped it for an error. He recovered and found his cutoff man, shortstop Eric Chavarria, who in turn threw Lan out at the plate to keep the game tied.
The play served as a spark for the Monsoon offense. Chavarria picked up Mayfair’s first hit of the game with a double down the first base line. After Noel Soto struckout, Anderson helped himself out and brought Chavarria home with an RBI single to put Mayfair up 1-0.
A couple of batters later Mendez delivered a blast off the fence with the bases loaded for a double that scored two to extend the lead to 3-0.
Mayfair tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Soto.
Anderson and Chavarria each finished with two hits and a run for the Monsoons. Alberto Rios and Abraham Ortiz also scored runs.
Mayfair (16-4, 8-1) and La Mirada (20-5, 8-1) are now tied for first in league with a game on Friday to break the tie. Next week is the last week of league season.