Cherry Claims Game One of Fall Series, 10-5
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/03/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 3, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Junior Ryan Honeycutt powered the Cherry team with two hits and four RBI in game one of the fall Cherry-Silver series intrasquad showdown. Honeycutt, along with Chris Juarez and Daniel Gonzalez, who collected two RBI apiece, led the Cherry Lobos to a 10-5 victory Tuesday afternoon at Lobo Field.

"Kenny Toves pitched alright," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "He got to 91 m.p.h. a couple of times. The hitters there is no doubt about what they can do, but a lot of potential shown by Toves who threw between 89-91. Rudy Jaramillo also threw a great game and Jerome Montoya closed it out spectacularly. Gabe Aguilar came in for relief and threw his breaking ball for strikes, and it was dirty. Although the score was high, errors extended the game. There was a lot of potential from outstanding pitchers."

The Cherry team trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fourth before tallying four two-out runs to snatch an 8-5 lead they would not relinquish. After a walk to newcomer Jacob Nelson, Devon Conley laid down a sacrifice bunt to scoot Nelson into scoring position for Ben Woodchick, who pushed a single through the left side to knot it up at 5-5.

Silver starter Kenny Toves issued another walk to Justin Howard before Honeycutt delivered a two-run single to give Cherry a 7-5 lead. Juarez, whose at-bat was kept alive by a dropped foul ball, cashed in with an RBI single to score Honeycutt, who swiped second during Juarez's at-bat and make it 8-5 Cherry after the fourth.

Cherry would seal the win with two more runs in the sixth while starter Rudy Jaramillo kept Silver scoreless for four innings before giving way to Jerome Montoya-Maston, who pitched a scoreless seventh. Jaramillo picked up the win with six innings of work. The southpaw sophomore surrendered five runs, two earned, off nine hits with two strikeouts.

The Cherry scoring in the sixth came via a RBI triple from Honeycutt, the only .400 hitting 2009 Lobo on this year's squad, and a sacrifice fly from Juarez.

Silver used a two-run double from Cameron Smith to put Silver on the board first. After Cherry answered with three runs in the bottom of the first via a Mitchell Garver RBI single and Gonzalez two-run single to make it 3-2, Max Willett slugged a three-run home run that capped the Silver scoring on the afternoon for a 5-2 short-lived advantage.

The five-game series continues on Wednesday, Nov. 4, with a 2 p.m. start at Lobo Field.