Orestimba edged closer to qualifying for the post-season with a split of two Southern League baseball games against Waterford last week.
Orestimba finished the week with a 7-5 league mark, one game ahead of Denair for the league’s fourth and final playoff berth.
The Warriors faced league co-leader Mariposa twice earlier this week to close out the league season, while Denair squared off against the other co-leader, Ripon Christian, in its final two league games.
The Warriors took a tough loss to open the week but bounced back to earn the split with a 5-2 win at Waterford Thursday afternoon.
Senior Alex Diaz scattered seven hits and fanned four in the complete-game victory, and the Warrior offense produced in the later innings to put the win in the books.
The Wildcats scored single runs in the second and third to take the early lead, but Orestimba started chipping away with a run in the fourth. Jacob Dominguez singled and was driven in by Eric Schmidt to put the Warriors on the board.
The West Siders went ahead to stay with three runs in the fifth. Jacob Bettencourt, Dominguez and Diaz each crossed the plate in that frame.
Orestimba added an insurance run in the sixth when Jaeden Murray doubled and scored on a base hit by Diaz.
Diaz worked out of a bases loaded jam without damage in the seventh to close out the win.
Waterford 8, OHS 7
A five-run third put Orestimba up 6-2 last Wednesday, but the Warriors could not hold the lead as Waterford rallied to win it.
A Schmidt double was the big hit of the Warriors’ five-run outburst in the third. Jose Morales, Diaz, Julian Lemus and Dominguez also hit safely in the inning.
But Waterford, which scored in five straight innings, battled back and eventually tied the game with a four-run fifth before scoring the eventual game-winner in the sixth.
Schmidt, Dominguez and Diaz each finished with two hits for the Warriors.