South City brings Lowell’s win streak to halt 

Riding high on a seven-game win streak, Lowell the High School baseball team ran into a hot-hitting South San Francisco High School team, and couldn’t hold down the Warriors’ bats in a 10-1 nonleague loss Saturday at Orange Park.

The Warriors (9-9) collected 10 hits against four Lowell pitchers, including a 2-for-3, five-RBI performance from junior designated hitter Gregorio Jimenez, to continue a streak of four games where they’ve scored 10 runs or more.

“Early in the season, we were getting runners on and not capitalizing, but today we did,” said South City coach Daryl Semien. “That’s really important going into the next six league games. That was key for us today, getting guys on early and crushing the ball when we needed to.”

After scoring two runs in the first inning on a two-RBI single by junior pitcher Ryan Mohr, Jimenez broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple in the fourth that extended South City’s lead to 6-0. Then, he put the game well out of reach in fifth, with another two RBIs on a lined single to center field.

Jimenez did the most damage from the ninth spot in the South City order, but Semien was not surprised by the performance.

“We kind of mix and match,” Semien said. “My ninth hitter is just as good as my third or fourth hitter. We move guys around in different situations and different spots. He’s been working hard on his swing lately, so I’m glad to see he got some [RBIs].”

The Cardinals (10-8-1) got their only run on an RBI single from sophomore left fielder Andy Glickfeld in the fifth and got runners on base in every inning except the first, but stranded nine in the game.

“We deserve a little of this, when you win [seven] in a row and you think you can just show up and get a win,” said Lowell coach John Donohue. “We left a lot of runners on base and we don’t usually do that. Hopefully we learn from it and we might move some people around in the lineup.”

Although he allowed 11 baserunners, Mohr worked his way out of trouble in every inning except the fifth, striking out eight in the complete-game win, his first of the season.

“I’m really glad for him, because we’ve been joking around with him, saying we needed to get him a win this year,” Semien said. “He knew how much this game meant to me, so he gave us a little extra.”

The win was a significant one for Semien, in his first year at the helm of the program. He graduated from Lowell in 1987, played for Donohue, and was an assistant coach for the Cardinals before he got the job at South City.

“Coach Donohue is my mentor, and has taught me everything I know about high school baseball,” Semien said. “I’m trying to mold my program after his, and he’s won over 600 games, so I think that’s a pretty good model.”

The Cardinals look to get back on track this week, with four games in four days, including three interdivision league games that were rained out earlier in the season.

“Today wasn’t our day, and that’s fine,” Donohue said. “It’s a long season, and we’ve got to bounce back in league next week.”

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