Gustine was cruising to a Southern League sweep of rival Orestimba Friday on the Reds’ home diamond, building an 8-0 lead after three innings.
Then the floodgates opened for the Warriors.
Orestimba, kept in check by the Reds during a 5-1 Gustine victory two days earlier, got back into the game with a six-run outburst in the fourth and went on to salvage a split of the two-game series with a 13-9 victory.
That outcome appeared unlikely in the early going, as Gustine capitalized on Orestimba struggles to build a big lead.
The Reds collected five runs in the first, taking advantage of walks and fielding miscues. In the second, Nathan Nunes belted a one-out triple, and the Reds went on to plate two runs to go up 7-0. A run-scoring double by Devin Bettencourt in the third had the Reds up 8-0.
Then the tide turned. Orestimba, held hitless through three innings, broke through with a big six-run fourth inning to get back into the game. Doubles by Eric Schmidt and Tristan Martens helped fuel the inning, during which six consecutive Warriors hit safely.
Gustine got one run back in the fifth, but Orestimba plated five runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead.
Orestimba capitalized on walks and errors in that frame. A two-run double by Jacob Bettencourt was the big hit of the inning, and Ethan Medeiros and Schmidt also hit safely.
Orestimba put up two more runs in the top of the seventh to finish the scoring. A run-scoring single by Medeiros wrapped up the scoring.
Medeiros finished with three hits to lead the Warriors.
Julian Lemus, Medeiros and Jacob Bettencourt each had two hits for the Warriors.
GHS 5, OHS 1
The Reds prevailed in the series opener last Wednesday in Newman behind a four-hitter by Logan Luker.
Gustine chipped away, scoring in four different innings en route to the league victory.
The Reds got on the board in the first when Nunes came across the plate for the game’s initial run.
Orestimba tied it in the second when Xavier Avila singled, advanced on a Jaeden Murray base hit and eventually scored.
Gustine went ahead to stay in the third when Genaro Hernandez singled, advanced on a Gabriel Silveira single and eventually scored.
The Reds extended their lead in the sixth, when Devin Bettencourt delivered a run-scoring single.
Gustine added two insurance runs in the seventh. Patrick Broderick doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a Giovanni Quezada base hit. Quezada eventually came around to score as well.
Hernandez had two of Gustine’s six hits on the afternoon.