Schurr pitcher Adrian Lerna got knocked around in his first start of the season against visiting Alhambra as the Spartans were trounced, 14-1.Coming off a brilliant relief appearance two weeks ago against Mark Keppel High in the Almont League opener, Lerna pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing five runs - all earned - on eight hits. He also walked eight batters while striking out just one to see his record fall to 1-1.
"It was nerves," Schurr coach Ken Marrero said of Lerna's performance. "It was his first career varsity start. But take nothing away from Alhambra. They're great hitters."
On the flip side, Moor pitcher Greg Saldate improved to 3-0 with a complete game victory over the Spartans. Saldate allowed just one run on three hits, six strikeouts and didn't give up any bases on balls.
"He just hit his spots and kept throwing strikes," said Spartan right fielder Carlos Arrendondo, who struck out twice against Saldate. "He didn't miss much."
Marrero agreed with Arrendondo, saying Saldate was pretty unhittable.
"They were overmatched by him," Marrero said of Schurr. "He kept them off balance and pitched well, threw strikes, was around the plate."
Alhambra got to Lerna early, forcing him to make 28 pitches in the first inning alone and scoring five runs off of him. A two-run double by third baseman Frankie Wright gave the Moors a 4-0 lead, while first baseman Juan Morales followed with an RBI double of his own to give the Moors an early commanding 5-0 lead.
Lerna settled down in the second inning by not allowing a hit. But just when he thought he was in his groove, Alhambra exploded for three more in the third inning, courtesy of doubles by Wright and left fielder Isaiah Martin and a single by center fielder and lead-off hitter Jonathan Beltran.
The Spartans scored their lone run in the bottom of the second, via a lead-off single by first baseman Christian Madrid and an RBI double to left field by second baseman Carlos Dontecarvo.
Spartan reliever Luis Madrigal seemed to have restored order out of the bullpen, getting the final out in the third and allowing just one run combined in the fourth and fifth innings. However, Madrigal got into trouble in the sixth as Alhambra teed off on him for five more runs, including a two RBI single by second baseman Ralph Barnos and a two RBI double by Beltran.