With sole possession of first place in the Suburban League at stake, it was La Mirada who came out on top in walk-off fashion over the Mayfair baseball team. RJ Lan delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh to give La Mirada a critical 3-2 win with only two games remaining.
La Mirada jumped out to a quick start, loading the bases with only one out. Monsoon pitcher Eric Chavarria was able to limit the damage, however, only allowing a sacrifice fly by Eugene Jeon that gave the Matadors an early 1-0 lead.
Chavarria and La Mirada’s Jared Jones then went into lockdown mode as the teams went scoreless over the next three innings.
Mayfair was able to break through in the top of the fifth. Alberto Rios drove in Landon Anderson with an RBI double. Cody Ahrens followed with an RBI double of his own to bring Rios home and establish a 2-1 lead.
Chavarria got into trouble again in the bottom of the fifth inning when Matadors loaded the bases with no outs. They would score one to tie the game up, but Kenny Luna turned a solo double play to prevent La Mirada from taking the lead.
Anderson led off the top of the sixth with a double to center field, but the Monsoons were unable to bring him home.
La Mirada took advantage in the bottom of the seventh. Lan stepped to the plate with pinchrunner Zane Palemo on second. A single was all he needed to bring Palemo home for the win.
Mayfair (16-5, 8-2) will close out the regular season next week with a series against third place John Glenn (15-11, 6-4). One win will secure second place. La Mirada (21-6, 9-1) can clinch the title with two wins over fourth place Cerritos (18-11, 6-4). A loss opens the door for the Monsoons to tie for the Suburban League title.