Solid pitching and explosive hitting lifted the Estancia High School baseball team to a 14-3 win over the visiting Capitan Tigers in the Bears’ May 11 season opener.
Toeing the Estancia rubber for the first time in two years, senior Jacob Zamora started on the mound for the Bears. He gave up a walk and an infield single in the first inning but retired the Tigers on a strikeout without yielding any runs to the visitors.
In the bottom of the first, Estancia erupted for 10 runs, taking advantage of a couple of Capitan errors, a hit batter, four bases on balls—including one with the bases loaded—and three extra-base hits.
Eladio Bernal led off with a hot grounder that was bobbled by the Tigers’ shortstop and followed by a wild throw over the first baseman’s head, sending Bernal to second.
Jacob Zamora drove in Bernal with a deep fly ball to the right-field corner for a stand-up triple, and the rout was on.
The Bears batted around in the frame, as Bernal—coming to the plate for the second time—crushed a three-RBI triple over the right fielder’s head.
Zamora took first base after getting hit by a pitch, and Clayton Wetterman capped the offensive surge with a deep drive to left that brought in Bernal and Zamora. Wetterman was thrown out at third in a cloud of Estancia Valley dust trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Estancia added a run in the second inning and another run in the third.
Capitan got on the board with a run in the third inning and added two more in the fourth.
The Bears piled on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Estancia hosted Hot Springs on May 13. The Bears play at former district rival East Mountain on May 15.