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Apr 13, 2013 1:31 AM by Andrew Masuda

Howard delivers walk-off hit, Templeton stuns Lompoc baseball

Spencer Howard delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Templeton High baseball team to a thrilling 6-5 come-from-behind win over Lompoc in a Los Padres League showdown on Friday.

The two teams shared the LPL title last season. Templeton improved to 5-0 in league and 12-1 overall. Lompoc dropped to 4-1 in league.

The Braves scored twice in the first and two more in the second to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

The Eagles rallied for 3 runs in the third, one of which scored on a RBI single from Michael Frigon. The Eagles evened it 4-4 in the fifth when Mitchell Pendley crushed one by the diving Lompoc right fielder and to the wall allowing Spencer Walsh to score. Pendley, who's nickname is Moose, finished with a stand-up triple.

Lompoc regained the lead in the sixth when Trent Howell broke for third on a pitch in the dirt and the catcher's throw ended up in left field. Howell trotted home on the error as Lompoc regained the lead 5-4. The Eagles answered with a rally in the bottom half capped by a game-tying single from Tyrus Yamagata.

The game was tied into the bottom of the seventh when Howard singled with one out and the bases loaded. Howard finished with 3 hits, including 2 doubles. He also threw 5 2/3 innings. Pendley came in to relieve Howard and earned the win with 1 1/3 shutout innings. He left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh with a strikeout.

Yamagata went 2 for 4 for the Eagles.

Jordan Pickles led the Braves offensively and was 4 for 4 at the plate.

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