June 14, 2007 - California League (CalL) - Lancaster JetHawks
(LANCASTER, CA) - The JetHawks absolutely refused to blink first. Matched game for game during a seven-game winning streak by the Inland Empire 66ers, the JetHawks set the tone early, scoring six runs in the first inning in a 15-3 romp over the High Desert Mavericks. At press time Inland Empire was finally dropping off, trailing 12-0 to Bakersfield in the sixth inning. If that score holds up, the JetHawks will take a crucial one game lead into their three-game showdown with the 66ers with just three games left in the first half. A JetHawks win Friday night will not only be their ninth straight win, but would also clinch at least a tie for the half title.
Lancaster's offense set the tone early with six runs in the first inning. Aaron Bates hit a two-run homer and Christian Lara cleared the bases for three more runs with a double to put Kris Johnson and the JetHawks ahead 6-0 before they ever had to take the field.
Johnson took the lead and ran with it. He turned in the first quality start of his pro career, going a career-high six innings while allowing just two runs. Johnson has allowed just eight runs in 24 innings over his last five starts. With the win Johnson evens his record at 3-3.
Several JetHawks had huge days at the plate. Aaron Bates had two home runs amongst his four hits, taking the league lead in home runs. Tony Granadillo, Mickey Hall, and Ryan Khoury each had three hits while Lara drove in four runs.
The JetHawks open their half-ending showdown in San Bernardino Friday night against Inland Empire. Matt Goodson (1-3, 9.82) pitches for the JetHawks. The 66ers counter with pitcher Marlon Arias (4-1, 5.85). The game starts at 7:05 PM and will be broadcast on radio at Magic 1340 AM, as well as on internet at www.JetHawks.com.
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