SAN BERNARDINO • The High Desert Mavericks moved back into playoff position with a 9-3 win over the Inland Empire 66ers on Sunday evening.
The Mavs (60-71) entered the day trailing the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (60-72) by half a game for the California League South Division's final playoff spot, but the Quakes lost 7-1 to the Lancaster JetHawks on Sunday, giving High Desert a half-game lead. The Mavericks have nine games to play in the regular season.
High Desert never trailed in Sunday's game. Kevin Rivers hit a two-out single in the top of the first and Patrick Kivlehan followed with a two-run homer.
Inland Empire tied it in the bottom of the first, but the Mavs took the lead for good on Rivers' two-run homer in the third. Dillon Hazlett hit the Mavs' third two-run homer of the game in the fifth for a 6-2 lead.
High Desert added one run each in the sixth through eighth innings on RBI singles by Patrick Brady, Steve Baron and Kivlehan.
Baron went 3-for-3 with two walks, while Rivers, Kivlehan and Brady had two hits apiece. Hazlett had a hit and two walks and scored three runs.
Mavs starter Jordan Shippers picked up the win after allowing three runs - two earned - on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two. Grady Wood threw 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, and Mayckol Guaipe finished the game with a perfect ninth.
The Mavs play at Inland Empire again Monday, then head to Rancho Cucamonga to begin a three-game series on Tuesday.
Story courtesy of the Daily Press