SAN BERNARDINO • The High Desert Mavericks jumped out to an early lead against the Inland Empire 66ers and picked up a win ahead of a crucial series.
The Mavericks (61-71, 27-35 second half) beat the 66ers 3-1 on Monday at San Manuel Stadium to maintain half a game lead on the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (61-72, 30-33), who also won Monday. The Mavs and Quakes meet for a three-game set starting Tuesday night in Rancho Cucamonga.
Scott DeCecco picked up his first win in his second appearance with the Mavericks since being called up from the Clinton LumberKings on Aug. 19. He pitched 7 1-3 innings, allowing six hits and one run while walking one and striking out four.
Jamal Austin got the Mavs on the board in the first inning. After being hit by a pitch, he stole second, his 38th swiped bag of the season, and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Abel Baker. He came home on Guillermo Pimentel's sacrifice fly to right field.
The Mavs took advantage of some more sloppy play by the 66ers (67-66, 30-33 second half) in the second. Jordy Lara led off the inning by reaching first on a throwing error. He came home on Dillon Hazlett's bunt single, on which the 66ers committed another error. Hazlett scored High Desert's final run of the night when he came home on Anthony Phillips' fly ball to center field.
Michael Synder, who was 3-for-4, gave the 66ers their lone run in the fifth inning with a solo home run.
Story courtesy of the Daily Press