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Otay Ranch roaring in Lions Tournament

04/15/2014, 7:56pm PDT
By Craig Malveaux

Mustangs pummel No. 6-ranked Carlsbad for second straight win in Classic Division


Otay Ranch's Eddie Alvarez scores at home as the ball bounces off the glove of Carlsbad catcher Andrew Jackey in the fourth inning at Otay Ranch High School on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

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— After 2 1/3 innings, Carlsbad pulled its starting pitcher, who had surrendered five runs to host Otay Ranch.

His replacement didn’t fare much better. After a walk and a single, Mustangs senior Eddie Alvarez drove a 2-1 pitch through a gap in center field for a triple, clearing the bases.

Spraying the field with even more hits, Otay Ranch pummeled Carlsbad 14-2 in five innings Tuesday on the second day of Classic Division pool play in the 64th annual Lions Tournament.

“They were throwing a lot of fastballs,” said Mustangs baseball coach Robert McCurdy. “Bottom line for us was our patience. They were taking plenty of pitches and swinging at pitches they liked.”

Alvarez was 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Senior Adrian Tovalin drove in three runs. Junior Anton Melendez and senior Marcus Melon contributed two RBIs apiece.

Otay Ranch senior right-hander Alec Godoy surrendered two runs on seven hits while striking out three batters for the Mustangs (14-3), who defeated Valhalla 5-4 on Monday.

“Carlsbad is a good fastball team, so I pitched backward on them, using off-speed pitches to get ahead of them in the count and try to bury the ball into the ground to get them swinging,” said Godoy, who also drove in two runs. “That’s baseball. Some days you have everything working for you.”

McCurdy like the way Godoy mixed his pitches.

“Alec’s slider worked well for him and his curve kept them off balance and I think that was the key,” McCurdy said. “They couldn’t take good hacks at it.”

Carlsbad seniors Adam Bruck and Matt Wezniak managed RBI singles off Godoy, but the No. 6-ranked Lancers (12-4) couldn’t string together anything more.

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