Offensive Fireworks Propel Legends Over Rebels

flores warmup swingThe Long Beach Legends (6-5, 1-0) offense exploded immediately against the Riverside Rebels (0-4, 0-3) in the teams’ Thursday afternoon contest at Soboba Indian Reservation. The Legends won 16-8.

In the top of the first inning, the Legends jumped ahead with three runs, and they would never look back.

Anthony Razo led the game off with a single and scored. Chris Schaaf walked and scored. Ray Patchen belted one of his four RBI scoring Razo, while the red-hot Aaron Gray ripped one of his two RBI scoring Schaaf. Dylan Nault plated the final run of the inning with an RBI groundout to give the Legends the 3-0 lead.

Long Beach increased its lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning when Avery Flores knocked in J Rhet Montana.

The Rebels narrowed the margin to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Randy Bruce scored.

The Legends answered with another run in the fifth to grab another four run lead. Danny Haley blasted in Razo, who reached on a triple.

The Rebels fought back, Chase Phillips delivered a two-run double to close the deficit to 5-3, but that is the closest Riverside would get.

The Legends went right back to work in the sixth scoring six more runs, while batting around. Haley and Patchen added two RBI each. Jeff Guzman and Flores tacked on one RBI apiece. The Legends took a commanding 11-3 lead, but they weren’t finished yet.

Long Beach scored five more runs in the final two frames including batting around for the second time in the game in the eighth inning. The Rebels equaled the same offensive output scoring five runs of their own.

Joe Battaglia had a two-RBI double, while Bruce and Phillips added one.

The Legends host the West Coast Storm Saturday at 1 p.m., while the Rebels travel to Palm Springs to play the Power on Friday.

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