Ranger hitting squads surf past Malibu Sharks
By Jesse Phelps
The Nordhoff varsity baseball
team got a big win at home on Tuesday, defeating first-place
Malibu, 5-1, behind the dominant pitching of sophomore Jacob
Orozco notched seven strikeouts in seven innings of a complete
game victory and was backed up by an offense that exploded for
four runs in the fifth inning to take control of the game against
Malibu hurler Jaime Ballesteros.
Ian LeClere got it started with a one-out triple and his teammates
took it from there. Ryan Fragale singled him in and the big inning
was on. Greg Cresto singled. Ronnie Bush intentially walked and
Ronnie Laber reached on a fielder's choice. Pinch hitter Chad
Berube's base hit provided the clutch RBIs. Ballesteros, perhaps
the Frontier League's most dominant pitcher, gave up nine hits
to the Rangers (4-4), now alone in third place. With the loss,
Malibu (6-2 in league) dropped into a first place tie with Oaks
The Rangers play the Sharks again today at 3:30 p.m.
In its own matchup at Malibu, the Ranger softball squad scored
two in the third and another in the seventh, then held on to
Once again, Christina Stoltz powered the Ranger offense, going
two-for-four with two runs driven in. Shanice Garcia also had
a big game at the plate, notching two hits in four at bats. Rachelle
Madrid (3-2) got the win for Nordhoff, which once again handed
Malibu's Lisa Marie Kohrs the loss.
The win put the Rangers above the .500 mark, at 9-8-1, 4-4 in
league. Malibu dropped to 2-6 in league.
In the preceding game, the Rangers were shut out at the hands
of league-leading Oaks Christian, 5-0.
"It's tough to beat two Division 1 prospects, both equally
great pitchers," said Nordhoff coach Tom Husted, of the
Oaks Christian duo Ashley Freeman and Sara Radabaugh.
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