Heading into Monday’s showdown, Poly was first place in the Prep League standings and Rio Hondo Prep had just two wins in 2023.
The Panthers would blow three leads and fell, 6-5, in nine innings.
Poly got single runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Kares sent the game to extra innings after scoring once in the bottom of the seventh.
RHP would get one run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to hand Poly its first league loss.
Adam Arther went four innings for the Panthers, and he allowed one run on two hits.
Arther walked five and struck out nine RHP batters.
The Kares got one run off of Chase Engstrom, and then two runs each in the eighth and ninth innings against Elliott Rowley and Emerson Mathis, respectively.
Ryan McCulloch walked three times, singled, doubled, scored and had one RBI.
Nate Curtis walked, singled twice, drove in one run and scored.
Yanick Diaz drew a pair of walks, singled and scored twice.
Josh Taflinger walked, doubled and had one RBI.
Anthony Hernandez went 2-for-4, with an RBI and run scored.
Diego Householder walked and had an RBI single.
Hernandez went the first 7 2/3 innings for RHP, and he surrendered four runs on seven hits.
Hernandez walked five and fanned six Poly batters.
McCulloch got the last four outs, and he allowed one run on one hit.
McCulloch walked two and struck out a pair.
Dash Fewante went 2-for-5, with an RBI and run scored.
Sean Asperger walked, singled, scored and drove in a run.
Arther singled and scored.
Elliott Rowley walked twice, singled, scored and had one RBI.
Luke Kim walked and scored.
Up next: The Kares travel to Poly on Friday at 3:30.
Win: Ryan McCulloch
Loss: Everson Mathis
2B: Josh Taflinger (RHP), Ryan McCulloch (RHP)
Records: Poly (3-4-1, 2-1); Rio Hondo Prep (3-4, 2-1)
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