Sophomore Dmitri Young had three hits and five runs batted in and Rio Mesa High pushed across seven runs in the decisive sixth inning as the Spartans defeated Alemany, 13-8, in a Westside tournament game Tuesday at Rio Mesa.
Trailing, 8-6, in the bottom of the sixth, the Spartans launched their assault when Young scored Carlos Cendejas from third with a single.
A sacrifice fly by Steve Soliz tied the score, 8-8, and the Spartans took their first lead when Alemany’s Jeff Daniels threw a wild pitch that allowed Young to score from third.
Rio Mesa (2-1) got to Daniels for one more run, then touched up reliever Matt Delavinge for three more when Cendejas, batting for the second time in the inning, ripped a bases-loaded double down the left-field line.
Alemany (2-1) led, 6-0, entering the bottom of the first, but Young, the state freshman player of the year last season, belted a two-run home run. Young employed his power again in the fourth, drawing Rio Mesa to within 8-6 with a two-run homer to left-center field.