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Bruins Get First Victory With Seventh Inning Outburst
After having less than impressive outings against Gustine and Linden on the ball diamond, the Riverbank Bruins varsity baseball team used a phenomenal five-run seventh inning to bring home their first win in a 10-9 victory over Waterford High in recent preseason action.

Riverbank (1-3) jumped out on Waterford with a run in the first inning and four more in the second, only slowly but surely Waterford began chipping away at the five-run Bruin lead.

Waterford pushed across five runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull in front of the Bruins 6-5. Over the next three innings Waterford would use the top frame to pad their lead, seemingly leaving the Bruins still in the search for their first victory.

"They had a big inning and that put us in a hole going into the bottom of the seventh inning," Riverbank head coach Ismael Mercado said. "We needed to score four to tie and five to win and these kids just didn't back down.

"They just kept fighting and we were able to scratch a few runs across."

In the bottom of the seventh Riverbank exploded for five runs, including Miguel Hernandez scoring the winning run on a passed ball for the Bruins' first victory of the young season and a little confidence heading into one of the toughest league schedules in the entire section.

Hernandez swung the hot bat against Waterford, going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. James Winstead finished the contest 2-for-3, while teammate Paul Gonzalez provided a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.