Jayden Lopez Goes 3-for-4 & Drives in 3 Runs; Rancho Cucamonga Defeats La Sierra, 5-4, in D-4 Second Round

Jun 09 2021 06:41:48


And then there was one Baseline League team remaining in the CIF-SS baseball playoffs.

Rancho Cucamonga used three pitchers to edge a very scrappy La Sierra team, 5-4, in Tuesday’s second round of the D-4 playoffs.

Nicolas Sanchez earned the win, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on two hits.

He walked one and struck out four La Sierra batters.

Jacob Billings entered the game with the potential game-tying runner at second and no one out.

But Billings retired the side on 12 pitches, including a game-ending fly out to Jayden Lopez in center field.

Offensively, Jayden Lopez singled twice, tripled, scored and drove in three runs.

Jake Brown went 2-for-3, walked twice, and scored a pair of runs.

Jacob Billings singled twice and scored.

The Cougars didn’t just extend their season on Tuesday, they claimed the first 20-win season in school history.

Up next: RCHS will travel to Downey on Friday.

The Vikings (15-13) defeated Kaiser, 4-3, in their second-round game on Tuesday.


RCHS coach, Tony Garcia: “We grinded this victory out. They were a scrappy team and came back on us, but we were able to answer and earned the win. It was a good team that we beat and they are well coached. Jayden was the horse at clutch time for us today, driving in runs on a couple of occasions. Our pitching staff got the job done with a team effort.”

Box Score:
LS: 1-1-0-0-2-0-0-(4)
RC: 0-0-3-1-1-0-x-(5)

Win: Nicolas Sanchez
Loss: Anderson
Save: Jacob Billings

3B: Jayden Lopez (RC)
2B: Bradyn France (RC), Jacob Billings (RC), Anderson (LS), Espinoza (LS)

Records: La Sierra (24-6); RCHS (20-11)