ADELANTO, Calif. - Tyler Heineman hit his second home run of the game in the eighth inning to put the JetHawks ahead in a 7-5 victory over the High Desert Mavericks in a rubber game at Mavericks Stadium on Tuesday night.
Heineman lined a 3-1 pitch from reliever Grady Wood over the right-centerfield fence with two outs to give Lancaster a 6-5 lead. The home run was Heineman's seventh of the season and gave him his second multi-homer game of the year.
The JetHawks got some insurance courtesy of Delino DeShields in the ninth inning. DeShields walked with one out, moved to second on a pick-off throwing error and then stole third. With two outs and DeShields at third base and Nolan Fontana at second, the Mavs planned to intentionally walk M.P. Cokinos to load the bases. DeShields broke for home as reliever Jeremy Dobbs delivered one of the pitches and slid in safely, just under the tag of catcher Steven Baron.
High Desert put the tying runs aboard in the bottom of the ninth but Travis Ballew struck out Dan Paolini and Jabari Blash to end the game and pick up his 15th save.
Michael Dimock (2-0) picked up the victory, tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He came on to pitch in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs and induced an inning-ending fly ball out at the wall off the bat of Kevin Rivers.
High Desert had tied the game in the seventh inning after a Nolan Fontana error loaded the bases with two outs and extended the inning. Jonas Dufek proceeded to allow a three-run double to Patrick Brady to tie the game.
Lancaster built a 5-2 lead with an unearned run in he sixth and a two-run double for Cokinos in the fifth.
Heineman's first homer, a two-run shot, gave the JetHawks a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.
David Rollins allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out eight batters and walked three.
The JetHawks (15-5, 54-36) will head home after winning four of six games on the road. They take on the Inland Empire 66ers on Wednesday night to begin a six-game homestand at The Hangar. Luis Cruz (6-4, 4.28) will make the start for Lancaster.
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