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Baseball - Tue, Apr. 25, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Brett Thompson continued his recent surge with a 3-5 night and a three-run homer (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Brett Thompson continued his recent surge with a 3-5 night and a three-run homer (Photo by Liza Rosales)
(RV)Hope International

PLACENTIA, CA – (RV) Hope International hosted Bethesda (CA) on Tuesday, Apr. 25 for the final non-conference game of the 2017 regular season at 6:00 pm at Valencia HS. The Royals benefitted offensively from some big swings and got enough pitching from their bullpen to hold off the Flames in a staff game intended to give multiple arms a final tune-up before San Diego Christian.

Lee Mutter (SO/La Mesa, CA) got the start for HIU and went three innings for the Royals, allowing three runs on four hits while walking three and hitting two batters. Mutter gave up an early three-run home run but settling in afterwards for his final two innings of work, striking out the side in his last inning to wrap up his first win of the 2017 season. Shawn Dumser Jr. (FR/La Mirada, CA) allowed four runs on six hits to the Flames in two innings, D.J. Batuyong (JR/Anaheim, CA) and Art Salazar Jr. (SO/Cypress, CA) each tossed a scoreless inning, and Jacob Rucker (FR/Las Vegas, NV) allowed the final two runs on a hit and two walks before Brandon Conlin (SR/Norco, CA) closed the game by striking out the side in the ninth.

After trailing 3-0 to start the game HIU quickly supported Mutter at the plate and took back the lead for good in the bottom of the first. Cameron Baranek (JR/Orange, CA) walked, stole second, and scored on a deep single to right field by Brett Thompson (SR/Newport Beach, CA). Brandon Gonzalez (SO/Orange, CA) walked and was put out on a fielder's choice that allowed Jeff Murray (JR/La Mirada, CA) to reach base before Sean David Clark (SR/Redding, CA) lifted a three-run shot out of the park and onto the roof of a house some 450 feet away across the adjacent Madison Avenue for a 4-3 lead.

With Mutter locked in and tossing back-to-back scoreless frames, the Royals' onslaught continued in the second and third innings. Nathaniel Crawford (SO/Houston, TX) doubled his way on base before another Thompson single plated him for a 5-3 lead. HIU would go on to add five more in the third for a 10-3 lead after three full frames.

In the third, Clark reached on an error and was replaced by Garrett Munoz (SO/Henderson, NV) as the courtesy runner. A double from Justin Broussard (SR/Upland, CA) and a single by Mutter plated two runs as Munoz and Broussard came around before a single by Baranek put a pair on for Thompson – Thompson took the second pitch he saw out to right field for the third three-run shot of the ball game and gave HIU a 10-3 advantage.

The Flames made a pitching change that limited the Royals to a single run in the middle three innings and plated four in response to cut HIU's lead down to four – the Royals led 11-7 heading into the bottom of the seventh before their bats came to life once again.

Gonzalez legged out an infield single and stole second to lead off the seventh before a Murray single to right and a perfect bunt from Will Davis (FR/Anaheim, CA) loaded the bases. Clark drew an RBI walk and Munoz entered to run before a soft single to center from Sam Weaver (SR/Castro Valley, CA) plated another. A wild pitch and a passed ball allowed two more Royals runners to come in for the 15-7 lead.

 BUC was able to get two of those runs back in the eighth off of Rucker but the rally fell well short of the mark and Conlin shut the door hard in the ninth to ice the game with a 15-9 final tally.

The Royals improve to 26-14 overall, now five wins better than their debut season, and will ready for San Diego Christian on Friday and Saturday, Apr. 28 & 29, in their last GSAC series of 2017. The Royals took two of three from SDC to start the six-game season series and will also celebrate Senior Day on Saturday as part of the series events. Families and fans that plan to participate in Senior Day should plan to be at the field in between games one and two of Saturday's doubleheader for the ceremony.

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