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JETHAWKS TOYING WITH HISTORY JETHAWKS 12, SAN JOSE 7.

Byline: Gideon Rubin Staff Writer

SAN JOSE - With an opportunity to make their mark on history, the JetHawks are seizing the moment.

They are trying to become just the third team in California League history to go from worst to first in the same season since the league adopted a two-half format in 1955. And as a result of their 12-7 victory over the San Jose Giants in front of 1,848 at San Jose Municipal Stadium, the JetHawks took a half-game lead over second-place Lake Elsinore in the second half.

Lancaster (25-22) earned its first series sweep as it won its season-high fifth consecutive game and its seventh in eight games.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-3 to Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night. The last team to go from worst to first in the same season was Bakersfield in 1984.

The JetHawks batted around in a four-run inning in the top of the first, and made it 7-0 in the second when Jesus Cota hit a two-run double in a three-run inning.

The Giants scored three runs in the fifth, but the JetHawks put all doubts aside in the seventh, when Dwight Edge had a two-run double in a five-run inning.

``This team has taken on a whole new personality, and today was a really good example of that,'' said JetHawks first baseman Corey Myers, who went 3 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

--Note: Pitcher Bill White, who was struck in the wrist by a hard-hit bouncer Tuesday night, will miss his next turn in the rotation on Sunday. A replacement has not yet been named.

--Matchup: Right-hander Phil Stockman (4-4, 4.06 ERA) will pitch for the JetHawks when they play host to Rancho Cucamonga in the first of a three-game series tonight at 7:15. Right-hander Pedro Liriano (9-10, 3.89) will pitch for the Quakes

MINOR-LEAGUE REPORT

--Wednesday's top performers: Bill Peavey (USC) and Shaun Larkin (CSUN) each had two hits in Single-A Mahoning Valley's (Ohio) 5-4 loss to Jamestown. ... Chris Testa (Palmdale) had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for Single-A Asheville (N.C.). ... Chris Seddon (Canyon) allowed three earned runs and struck out four in five innings but took the loss for Single-A Charleston (W.V.). ... Jason Kubel (Highland) had two hits for Single-A Quad City (Iowa). ... Mike Frick (CSUN) earned the win in relief for Single-A Modesto. ... G.J. Raymundo (Pepperdine) went 3 for 3 with two RBI for Single-A Stockton. ... Ryan Hankins (Simi Valley) had two hits and two RBI for Double-A Birmingham (Ala.).

- Chris Cocoles

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 9, 2002
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