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Francisco Urena leads Jurupa Valley baseball team to victory over San Bernardino – Press Enterprise

SAN BERNARDINO — The Jurupa Valley baseball team was determined to give San Bernardino nothing in Tuesday’s battle for leadership in the Mountain Valley League.

Francisco Urena pitched 6 1/3 innings, throwing more than 80 pitches and letting his defense work behind him, in an 8-3 win over San Bernardino. Jurupa Valley tied it in the loss column with the Cardinals.

Urena helped himself on offense, getting two hits and a walk. He was the losing pitcher in the teams’ first meeting on February 27.

“My teammates told me, ‘Let them hit the ball and get out,’” Urena said.

It proved successful as Jurupa Valley (8-6-1) improved to 6-2 in league play. San Bernardino, which lost for only the second time in 10 games, is 5-2 in the Mountain Valley League standings.

Jurupa Valley coach Anthony Russi said Urena gave up a number of walks in the first game.

“They (the Cardinals) are a scrappy team and they like to run,” Russi said. “Urena stayed in the game and didn’t let his early problems bother him.”

San Bernardino scored three runs in the first two innings, but Urena made adjustments. He threw high strikes effectively, striking out Juan Silva twice on this pitch.

“I just wanted to get ahead of the count,” Urena said. “My high fastball usually works well for me.”

Andrew Padilla led off the top of the fourth with a double and moved to third on Hayden Byrd’s sacrifice bunt. Padilla scored on a double from Aaron Esperano. The Jaguars added another run on a San Bernardino error, and they took the lead when a pitch hit the top of Jesse Barbosa’s helmet.

Jurupa Valley extended its lead by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning.

The battle for first place in the Mountain Valley League will continue Thursday, when the teams meet at Jurupa Valley.

Russi said Padilla would pitch for Jurupa Valley, while San Bernardino coach Josh Doty said he would meet with his coaches to decide Thursday’s starter.

Doty said Tuesday’s performance wasn’t indicative of how the Cardinals won eight of their first nine games.

“It’s the complete opposite of how we played this year,” Doty said. “We didn’t make any mistakes or mental errors.”

San Bernardino’s pitchers were called for some hesitation, and Jurupa Valley hit a few balls to right field that were lost in the sun.

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but the good start didn’t surprise me,” Doty said. “We lost two seniors, George Jones and Augie Cowan, from last year’s team. I think we answered the questions, made very few mistakes and showed a lot of energy.

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