Calaveras senior Christian Moore proved Monday against the Lindhurst Blazers in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Baseball Championships that he isn't one to waste a perfect opportunity when he sees it.
Moore led off the second inning with a bunt-single and was later driven home on a hit by Mike Seawell with the bases loaded. The Redskins scored three more runs and batted around to give Moore another chance at the plate, this time with the bases loaded.
"The pitch was right where I wanted it and I saw the outfielder in right center with center field wide open," Moore said.
Moore blasted a double to deep center that drove in all three baserunners and gave Calaveras a commanding 7-0 lead on its way to a 12-5 rout of the Blazers.
"I'm just excited that I was able to hit today," said Moore, who was a perfect 4 for 4 on the day with three runs scored. "I've been working on my hitting these past few days since our regular season ended and was really happy with the way I played today."
Redskin sophomore Jared Kirk followed with a single that plated Moore and canned Lindhurst starter Chris Sisco.
Moore said the big second inning was pivotal because it gave Redskin ace Wyatt Durham and the defense some room to breathe.
Durham threw a scoreless third inning before Blazer freshman Aric Cortes scored his team's first run in the fourth, which the Redskins would answer in the home half with four more of their own.
Redskin sophomore Thomas Boitano led off the fourth inning with a double to make way for Moore's third hit of the game - a triple to the gap in left-center that plated Boitano.
"Christian came to play," said Calaveras senior Brian Goltston. "That's all you can say about him, he came to play and had a great game."
After Moore scored in the fourth inning to put the Redskins up 10-1, Golston hit a two RBI-single that gave his team the opportunity to end the game by the mercy rule in the fifth.
But the Blazers weren't going to give up without a fight and scored four runs to keep their hopes alive.
"Our guys never quit," said Lindhurst head coach Jeremy Grace. "They got a little frustrated but we started hitting the ball later in the game. We had key hits from a lot of guys that gave us a good rally in that inning."
Sutton, who replaced Sisco on the mound, drove in two runs on a double to deep left followed by Sisco with two more RBIs on another double that landed close to the same spot.
"We had a chance to put it away and then we left the door open a little bit and they came right through," said Calaveras head coach Tom DeLappe.
Durham got the Redskins out of the inning without Lindhurst scoring any more runs and held the Blazers scoreless over the next two innings to ice the victory.
"When the going gets rough, Wyatt settles down, gets his composure and makes pitches," DeLappe said.
"My mindset is that I can't help the runs that have been scored," Durham said. "I just have to approach the next batter and keep pitching. That's all I can do."
The Redskins (13-10) will look to build upon the win when they face Trans Valley League champion Escalon on Thursday at Billy Hebert Field in Stockton. First pitch is at 7 p.m.
"It's a big confidence booster," Golston said of Monday's win. "A lot of people said we wouldn't even make it this far, but we're just taking it one game at a time and proving everybody wrong."