Gustine salvaged a split of its two-game series against Le Grand last Wednesday with a solid 9-2 win over the visiting Bulldogs.
The Reds took control by putting up five runs over the course of their final two innings at the plate, and went on to put the win in the books.
The two teams were knotted at 2-all midway through the third when the Reds went ahead to stay with a pair in its half of the inning. A pair of Bulldog errors paved the way for those runs to score.
Gustine plated two more in the fifth. Doubles by Genaro Hernandez and Gabriel Silveira helped produce those runs.
The Reds added three for good measure in the sixth. A two-out, run-scoring triple by Devin Bettencourt sparked that inning. Bettencourt later scored on an error, and Patrick Broderick drove home the game’s final run with a double before the Bulldogs were able to get off the field.
The top of the order did much of the damage for the Reds, collecting six of the 10 Gustine hits on the day. Bettencourt, Hernandez and Broderick each had two hits on the afternoon.
Broderick picked up the win by scattering seven hits over five innings. He fanned seven. Bettencourt threw two hitless frames to close out the win.
Le Grand 7, GHS 1
The Bulldogs picked up their first league win of the season at Gustine’s expense last Monday.
Le Grand chipped away, scoring in four of the first five innings to take a 7-0 lead before closing out the Reds.
Gustine scored its only run in the sixth when Giovanni Quezada reached base on an error and eventually scored on a Hernandez base hit. A Bettencourt double was the only other hit of the day for the West Siders.
The Reds went into spring break with a 5-5 Southern League record, staying one game back of fourth-place Orestimba. The league will send four teams to the post-season playoffs this season.