Orcutt has played itself into the championship round of the District 6 Babe Ruth 15-Year-Old Tournament.
Orcutt left-hander Michael O'Hara scattered five hits, and third baseman Brandon Creath broke the game open with a bases-clearing double as Orcutt defeated Santa Maria 13-3 in the semifinal at Elks Field Tuesday night.
The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning because of the 10-run rule. Jordan Wegemer belted a triple to right field and drove in pinch hitter Bobby Enger with the last run of the game.
Enger singled home two runs to make it 12-3.
Orcutt takes on the Atascadero-Santa Maria winner at 5 p.m. Friday at Elks in the championship round. If Orcutt loses, a second game will follow approximately 30 minutes after completion of the 5 p.m. game.
Santa Maria and Atascadero play an elimination game at 4 p.m. today at Elks. Atascadero downed Arroyo Grande 11-9 in an elimination game Tuesday evening.
In the last of the fourth Michael Rafferty led off with a single, Carlos Lara walked and then Wegemer put down a perfect bunt that got past Santa Maria pitcher Daniel Stromberg. Creath then laced the first pitch he saw deep to left field for a double.
Left fielder Octavio Enriquez raced back, fielded the ball quickly and Creath was out on a good relay throw from shortstop Matt Hynezuk to third baseman Chad Conrad as he tried to stretch the hit into a triple. But Creath had done more than enough damage by then.
Santa Maria led briefly with two unearned runs in the first inning. Vinnie Victorino, the first batter of the game, reached base on a throwing error. Santa Maria eventually scored on Shawn Winters' single and Sal Mediano's sacrifice fly.
Scott Cathcart doubled home an unearned run for Orcutt in the bottom of the first, then Orcutt took the lead for good at 3-2 in the second inning. One run scored on Carlos Lara's single, then O'Hara scored as the throw from left field bounced high off Santa Maria catcher Brandon Chrest's glove.
Derrick Morelos doubled home two runs for Orcutt in the third. Santa Maria scored its last run in the sixth. Vincent Cano reached first base on O'Hara's two-out throwing error, then Victorino singled in Conrad.
Conrad led off the inning with a single.
Orcutt rapped 11 hits in the game, and eight Orcutt players had at least one. Wegemer, Cathcart and Rafferty all had two.
Santa Maria's defense was off Tuesday night. Santa Maria had four errors.
Atascadero 11, AG 9
Nick Pollard boosted the winners with a solo home run in Atascadero's seven-run third inning.
Myland Limbo and Nathan Raybinger doubled for Arroyo Grande as it scored twice in the third. Mike Armstrong hit a solo home run for Arroyo Grande in the sixth.
District 6 14's
Santa Maria 13, AG 7
ATASCADERO - Justin Lodes drove in three runs as Santa Maria moved into the semifinal.
Santa Maria hammered out 16 hits. Arroyo Grande had 10. Kevin Rutger and Jason Regalado drove in two runs each for the victors. Ray Cano and Joel Paz all had three hits.
Paz took over for starting pitcher Jeff Mediano in the fifth inning and earned the win with one-hit relief.
Paz, Rutger, Regalado and Lodes all doubled for Santa Maria. Corey Onaga and Billy Chambers doubled for Arroyo Grande.
Santa Maria plays the Atascadero-Lompoc winner at 8 p.m. Thursday. The championship round begins at 5 p.m. Saturday.
July 14, 2004