By Amanda Milian
Junior pitcher Miguel Temes allowed three hits and struck out four on his way to a complete game, 9-1 victory over the Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) Titans, extending the Bears’ winning streak to six games in their home finale at Paul Demie Mainieri Field at Frank R. Esposito Stadium on April 25.
“I’ve been working on it [pitching], and my main focus this year is to not allow any walks, throw strikes, and just do my job,” said Temes about his performance.
Junior first baseman Rolando Leyva, added three hits and three RBI, including a two-run double in the sixth inning that broke the game wide open. Junior shortstop Adrian Perez added a triple and 2 RBI for Mater Lakes.
The Bears (13-11) got on the scoreboard first when Leyva’s first-inning single drove in second baseman Christian Caro for the game’s first run.
In the third inning, the Titans (8-17) scored their only run when Temes’ throwing error into right field allowed SLAM shortstop, Ryan Sablon to score from first after reaching base on a single. Temes did not allow a hit after the third inning error, thanks to the help of some stellar defense by the Bears.
“With our defense, we have found our niche, and have been playing outstanding [during the winning streak],” said Bears Coach Cesar Temes Jr. about their winning streak.
The Bears started the season 4-0; MLA lost their star junior first baseman, Lazaro Lapiera for the season due to a fractured orbital.
Coach Temes Jr. attributes the team’s positive attitude during their losing streak to their improvement on defense and work ethic.
“That put us in a downward spiral,” said Coach Temes Jr. when talking about Lapiera’s injury. “We struggled but started to play a little better thanks to our defense, which has been playing outstanding.”
The Bears winning streak was halted at six games in their regular season finale, losing 8-7 to Westwood Christian.
Mater Lakes season ended abruptly with a 5-0 defeat to the St. Brendan Sabres in the District 15-5A semifinal game. The Bears finished the season with a 13-13 record.