Mavericks no match for Campesinos: CAMPESINOS WIN 13-4

Rick Phillips of the Campesinos runs the bases from a game earlier this season.

The Campesinos continued their dominance in the second Fourth of July game by trouncing the Portland Mavericks 13-4.

Going into the bottom of the second inning tied 1-1, the Campesinos nailed down their win with a six-run rally.

The Campesinos started the scoring in their half of the first inning. With Garrett Alvarez starting on the mound, Jeff Chandler singled to left field and went to second base on an errant throw by left fielder Sam Lauderdale. Rick Phillips reached first base on an error by third baseman Parker Swindell that let Chandler score.

In the Mavericks second, Leomar Jiminez scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Daniel Garcia.

The Campesinos’ big second inning started with Alex Emerson’s single to left. Sergio Rey walked, and a bunt single by Eric Whitfield loaded the bases. Joseph Nunn Jr. drove in Emerson with an infield single. Patrick Chung singled to center, scoring Whitfield and Rey. With Nunn and Chung on base, Phillips hit a home run over the left field fence.

The Mavericks fought back in the third, but their three runs on a homer by Nicholas Markantonatos were their last runs of the game. Matt Holliday hit an infield single, Drake Zarate was hit by a pitch from reliever Von Aulger, and Markantonatos hit the ball over the fence.

Two more Campesinos runs came in the third. Whitfield singled to center, Fernando Rosales singled to right, an error by Swindell moved each runner up a base, and Nunn singled them home.

In the fourth, Phillips singled, Runge doubled, and Morrison reached first on Swindell’s error. Rey’s based-loaded walk scored Phillips. Whitfield singled to center, scoring Runge and Morrison.

Morrison provided the last run of the game with a bases-empty homer to right in the eighth.

Austin Crowson was the winning pitcher in relief. Alvarez took the loss.

“I’m more of a teacher than a coach,” manager Daniel Robertson of the Campesinos said after the game. “I’ve been teaching them how to win on their own.”

Crowson, who described himself as primarily a fast ball pitcher, said, “In practice, I was working on some new stuff.”

Shortstop Emerson’s comment on his performance was, “Just overall trying to improve my game offensively and defensively.”

Following the game and preceding the howitzer firings and the fireworks display, Mavericks League owners Jerry and Lisa Walker read a proclamation by Mayor Cathy Clark of Keizer that Independence Day was also Jerry Howard Day, honoring Howard for his many years as senior marketing executive of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.