The Arroyo Seco Royals are just one win away from a Sunset League championship.
The Royals got a great effort on the mound from Kyle Noell and Tyler Mitchell in a 5-2 victory over the Field Rats.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the ninth, the ASR scored four runs in the first game of a best-of-three series.
Noel went five innings and allowed one run on four hits.
He walked one and struck out five.
Mitchell would go the rest of the way, allowing one run on three hits over his four-inning outing.
Daniel Esqueda singled, doubled twice and scored.
Keith Hale singled and scored.
Nolan Wasson went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Parker Haskell walked and singled.
Anthony Chiramonte got the loss, allowing three runs on two hits.
Chiramonte did not retire a batter before being replaced.
Evan Nahra singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Royals.
Diego Frey walked, singled, scored and had two RBIs.
Brennan Beckley singled twice and scored.
Jonah Paez walked, singled and scored.
Jordan Zuniga doubled, scored and drove in a run.
Up next: The Royals and Field Rats meet up Saturday at 1.
A Field Rats win would force a third and final game on Sunday.
Win: Tyler Mitchell
Loss: Anthony Chiramonte
2B: Jordan Zuniga (ASR), Evan Nahra (ASR); Daniel Esqueda (FR) 2
Records: ASR (14-11); FR (15-10)