Brandon Hoalton wasn't at his best, but he still was good enough to help Rancho Santiago to a 10-8 victory over Golden West in an Orange Empire Conference baseball game Saturday in Huntington Beach.
Hoalton, a freshman right-hander, allowed nine hits and four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings to improve his record to 6-0.
Jason Hanmer gave up only one hit in the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up the save.
Golden West scored a run in the fourth to tie the game, 3-3, but Rancho Santiago took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth inning.
Derek Brown had a two-run double in the fifth for Rancho Santiago (18-4-1, 8-3-1 in conference), the top-ranked team in Southern California. Brown finished with two doubles, scored a run and drove in three.
Matt Kastelic had three hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs, and Darren Troilo had two hits, scored two runs and drove in three for the first-place Dons.
Mike Moutrey, Phil Ruhl and Dave Schultz each had two hits for Golden West (9-11-1, 3-5-1).
In other conference games:
Riverside 19, Orange Coast 2--Host Orange Coast (13-9, 6-4) made six errors leading to 11 unearned runs. Ruben Hernandez had four hits, including a home run and two doubles, for Riverside (17-8, 7-5). He drove in six runs and scored three.
Mel Motley had two doubles and drove in three runs for Riverside, which had seven doubles. Rick Snawder and Scott Wulfing had three hits each for the Tigers, which scored nine runs in the third to take a 12-0 lead.
Jeff Barker (4-2) allowed a run and 10 hits, all singles, in eight innings to earn the victory. Darin Dabalack (3-3) allowed eight hits and nine runs, four unearned, in 2 1/3 innings to take the loss for OCC.
Ben Strack singled and later scored on an error in the seventh for OCC's first run. T.J. Graber doubled and scored on a double by Justin Halper in the ninth for the Pirates.