BY NATHAN SANCHEZ Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Jared Handel tossed six solid innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six to lead Ridgeview to a 6-2 victory over South on Friday.
"Jared threw the ball really well today," said Ridgeview coach Jason Hunsaker. "He threw strikes and kept them off balance. He played simple baseball."
"I felt good today," said Handel, who improved to 9-0. "It's always great when you've got a great defense and your hitting comes through early and later on to secure it. They made me feel comfortable out there."
Ridgeview (27-3, 12-0 South Yosemite League) scored all its runs in the first and seventh innings, plating three in each.
In the first, Alex Villalobos cleared the bases with a based-loaded double over the center fielder's head.
In the seventh, Aaron Charles came through for the Wolf Pack with a two-run double down the right-field line, and was later scored on a sacrifice fly.
South (12-15, 2-9 SYL) scored in the fourth inning on a fielding error and added another in the sixth on an RBI double by Victor Aldana.
Rebels starter Robert Duran went the distance, allowing 10 hits and two walks while striking out nine.
"Our pitching's been good all year with Jared, EJ (Eric Ontiveros) and Alex (Villalobos)," Hunsaker said. "We can hit the ball well, and when we're not, these guys find a way to get on base."