BARSTOW • Robert Duran pitched a strong inning in relief for the Barstow High School baseball team, but Billy McCall deserved the win on Friday.
McCall started on the mound for the Barstow High School baseball team in its 4-3 win against Silverado on Friday. He threw six strikeouts with three walks and one earned run in his six innings pitching. Duran came into the game in the seventh inning and held the Hawks scoreless stranding two base runners.
However, the Aztecs still trailed 3-2 with one out and bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning as Lucas Crank took his final at bat. Crank hit the ball towards second base allowing a force out on Tyler Fulgham, who had been intentionally walked, but bringing pinch runner Jordan Soto home. McCall stepped up to the plate with two outs and was almost at first without a swing until the umpire reminded Silverado pitcher Richard Perez that only one batter can be intentionally walked each inning. Perez attempted to throw pitches out of the strike zone to get the walk, but McCall got a piece of a pitch and sent it into right field allowing Duran to score the winning run for the Aztecs.
"I was just thinking if they are going to try and put me on that I shouldn't just stand up straight," McCall said. "I knew I had to be ready in case (Perez) messed up and gave me one I could hit. He messed up and I tomahawked it good. I got the hit, but we won the game together. We just stayed with it as a team to the end."
The Aztecs got a strong performance out of McCall, but he saw tough competition in Silverado's ace Tyler Leslie. Leslie ended the game with six strikeouts, five walks and two earned runs, but it wasn't enough to allow Perez to hold onto the game in the final inning.
Barstow has been the team that has struggled to keep it together late in games recently. The Aztecs lost 5-3 to Sultana and 3-2 to Victor Valley in its last two games after holding leads. Friday's victory marks the Aztecs' first Desert Sky League win of the season.
"It's about time," Barstow coach Roland Fite said. "We've been competing with every team we face. We just haven't been able to hold on and turn the corner for the wins. We talked about the wind and fly balls yesterday because of the weather and it looks like it paid off."
Barstow will travel to take on Granite Hills in Apple Valley at 3 p.m. on Wednesday before returning home to rematch them at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Silverado 100 002 0 — 3
Barstow 000 110 2 — 4
Leslie, Perez (7) and Lucatero; McCall, Duran (7) and Luna. WP — Duran. LP — Perez. 2B — Morales (S).