YUCAIPA – The Yucaipa High baseball team quickly shows that there are no easy outs in the lineup.
The Thunderbirds received contributions from top to bottom and put some skewed numbers on the scoreboard on Tuesday afternoon on their way to a 20-8 victory over Roosevelt in an Anaheim Lions Tournament game.
Yucaipa (3-0) finished with 19 hits, led by a 4-for-4 performance from rookie Wesley Hickey. Junior third baseman Jacob Reimer (3 for 4) and sophomore outfielder Owen Egan (3 for 5) each knocked in four races for T’Birds.
“We know everyone can compete, and we trust each other to get the job done up there,” Reimer said. “It’s a really good feeling to know that everyone in the lineup can come up with a big hit and get things started when we need it.”
On Monday, Yucaipa recovered from a 6-1 deficit and drew a 7-6 victory over Mission Viejo in eight innings.
“I was happy to see a young team respond and finish,” Yucaipa coach Ralph Grajeda said of Monday’s victory. “I did not expect to see anything like that in Game 2, but it was a wonderful thing to see as a coach.”
T’Birds brought that momentum into Tuesday, scoring seven times with two outs in the opening round. Reimer, Hickey and Daniel Arambula each ran a race to give Yucaipa a 3-1 lead. Aiden Richert hit a two-run double, and Egan shortened the big round with a two-run single.
Roosevelt (2-2) put up a skewed number at the top of the third half, scoring five times to reduce the deficit to 8-6. Aden Rubio delivered the huge success for the Mustangs, a three-run double with two outs.
Reimer helped Yucaipa get the momentum with a towering two-run home run at the bottom of the third.
“It was 1-2 counts, and I had seen four straight curves,” Reimer said. “I thought they could try to get me to chase a fastball. I knew that if he had a fastball with him where I could get it, I would smash it. ”
Yucaipa beat for the second time in the fifth round and scored eight more runs to put the match away.
Caiden Huber went 2 for 2, drew three trips and scored five races for T’Birds. Arambula and Richert had two hits each on Tuesday afternoon. Richert, T’Birds’ no. 9-hit, scored four races and knocked in three more.
Luke Deretich went 3 for 4 and drove over Roosevelt.