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the bases. Rodrick Ray’s bases-loaded walk delivered the third run of the frame and the final run crossed the plate on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Joaquin Alegria.

“That is the first time we have ever used it at La Joya and it worked perfectly,” Jacobs said. “We did it with a freshman [Alegria] bunting and a senior [Gonzalez] running.”

Lomeli set down the Panthers in order in the bottom of the frame for the win.

“It feels great [to score the winning run],” Rubio said. “This was our last road game. It was a great way to end it. Before the game, all the seniors got together and talked about winning this last road game.”

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the first seven innings but erupted for four hits in the eighth. “We were putting the ball in play but they weren’t

falling,” Jacobs said. La Joya may have put the game in the win column

in regulation play had it not been for a highly unusual umpire’s call in the first inning. Rubio led off the contest with an infield single. After stealing second, he advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk by Xavier Carrasco. Lomeli walked and stole second. He scored when Carrasco’s pickoff attempt sailed into the outfield.

He moved to second on a fielder’s choice and seemingly scored a third run on an error. However, the home plate umpire called Estrada out for verbal interference. “He called verbal interference on the runner rounding third because he was yelling,” Jacobs said. “I have never heard of verbal interference.”

Estrada rapped a one-out single up the middle. The Lobos had been held to just three hits through

Peoria got one of the runs back in its turn at-bat without benefit of a hit. Carrasco was hit by a pitch to open the inning but was gunned down by Rubio trying to steal second. Travis Rairden then struck out but the ball got by Rubio for a wild pitch and Rairden reached base. He eventually scored on an error. The Panthers took a 3-2 lead in the third despite getting only one hit, a two-out, run-scoring double to left by Francisco Lopez. La Joya knotted the score in the fifth. Lawrenzo Del Sol reached on an error with one out. He moved to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch allowed him to score. The victory at Peoria helped make up for the disappointment of the previous day’s 7-1 loss to Agua Fria. The teams had split two previous meetings. Agua Fria (9-12) built a 6-0 lead in the first two innings and the Lobos were never able to catch up. “We actually played pretty good defense but didn’t swing the bats well,” Jacobs said. A bright spot for the Lobos was the relief work of Gonzalez. “Alejandro came in in the third inning and shut them

down the rest of the way,” Jacobs said. “They only got one run off him.” La Joya finishes the season with three games at home, starting with Betty Fairfax today. The Lobos will host Tolleson Friday and Phoenix Sierra Linda on April 24. All games are at 3:45 p.m.

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LA JOYA’S MARCO LOMELI delivers a pitch against Peoria Thursday. The Lobos pushed across four runs in the top of the eighth inning to win 8-3, giving Lomeli his second victory of the season.

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