Breaking the game open with an eight-run second, Roosevelt High School took a commanding 12-0 lead to cruise to a 16-1 victory over South East Monday in an Eastern League baseball game at Evergreen Recreation Center.
The win kept the Rough Riders tied with Garfield for second place in league. They were both 7-3 heading into their final game of league play on Wednesday and looking to catch Bell in the standings. Bell was leading the pack with an 8-2 league record.
Roosevelt (12-16 overall) got another solid outing from pitcher Victor Hita Monday. The junior has made four starts since re-joining the team two weeks ago and has three victories and a no decision. His absence was one of the reasons why the Rough Riders started the season losing their first 10 games.
“Hita is that power pitcher that we were missing early in the season,” Roosevelt Coach Ray Ruiz said. “His return really improves our chances of competing in the playoffs. I really like our chances with him pitching. He has definitely stabilized our pitching staff.”
Hita worked four innings and limited South East to one run on two hits, while striking out four and walking only two. He mixed a fastball, curve and a still-developing change-up to stop South East.
“It’s not there yet, but he is starting to get control of his off-speed pitch,” Ruiz said.
Phillip Godoy relieved Hita and threw a scoreless fifth inning to close out the game, which was stopped because of the mercy rule.
Luis Peraza went 3-for-4 to pace Roosevelt’s 10-hit attack. The junior shortstop tripled and drove in a run. Jaime Pinal had two hits and two RBIs and Brian Fernandez hit a two-run homer.
The Rough Riders took advantage of five walks, two hit batters and three errors to dump South East (3-13, 1-7).
In a San Fernando Valley Tournament game last Saturday, Roosevelt scored three runs in the seventh inning to defeat host North Hollywood, 3-0.
Joey Pinal’s bases-loaded, two-out single cleared the bases and lifted the Rough Riders to the win.
After walks to Daniel Munoz and Peraza, Andrew Garcia was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pinal stepped to the plate and stroked a single to left that scored Munoz and Peraza. An errant throw back to the infield allowed Garcia to score.
The hit was Pinal’s second of the game.
Juan Felix, in relief of starter Luis Zamudio, got the victory. Zamudio left the game with one out and a runner on third in the sixth. Felix came in and retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Zamudio held North Hollywood to two hits. The freshman struck out five and didn’t walk any batters.