RANCHO CUCAMONGA • After losing two straight games to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the High Desert Mavericks were in danger of falling out of playoff contention.
Instead, the Mavs blew out the Quakes 14-3 at LoanMart Field and closed to within a half-game of Rancho Cucamonga in the chase for the final South Division wild-card spot.
High Desert (62-73, 28-37 second half) did most of its damage with three big innings. The Mavs scored three runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and three more in the seventh. Eight of the Mavericks' nine starters had at least one hit. They banged out 14 hits total and took advantage of four Quakes' errors.
Jabari Henry and Guillermo Pimentel had three hits apiece. Pimentel had a double a triple, two RBIs and two runs. Henry also had a double and a triple along with three runs and an RBI. Jordy Lara had two hits, including a three-run homer in the fifth. He had a game-high four RBIs and scored two runs. Jamal Austin had a double, a triple, an RBI and a run.
Stephen Landazuri (6-7) picked up the win for High Desert. He gave up three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two in 5 2-3 innings. Grady Wood and Seon Gi Kim combined to pitch 3 1-3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Dodgers' Matt Kemp was the Quakes' designated hitter and went 0 for 5 with a strikeout.
The Mavs begin a five-game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm in Adelanto on Friday. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday. The second game is a makeup game for June 24 when Stater Bros. Stadium had a water main issue. The regular-season finale is set Monday at 1:05 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga (63-73, 32-34 second half) closes out its season at home with a four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks, which won the first- and second-half South Division championships.
Story courtesy of the Daily Press