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ERROR HELPS JETHAWKS RALLY FOR WIN JETHAWKS 7, HIGH DESERT 6.

Byline: Justin Frank Staff Writer

LANCASTER - In outfielder Jeff Cook's first three at-bats Sunday, he hit three doubles and scored a run.

It was when Cook hit what seemed to be a routine popup that he made the biggest impact.

Cook's infield popup with the bases loaded was misjudged by High Desert third baseman Mike Gaffney, allowing Lino Garcia and Danny Richar to score and complete the JetHawks' comeback in a 7-6 victory in front of 3,049 at Clear Channel Stadium.

Although Gaffney did not touch the ball, it was ruled an error, and it capped a four-run sixth inning, helping the JetHawks (19-18) rally from a 5-0 deficit and climb within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Mavericks (20-16) in the California League's South Division.

``This was a big game for us,'' JetHawks manager Bill Plummer said. ``It's huge for us to beat the first-place ballclub like this.''

JetHawks center fielder Garcia made three run-saving catches, one in which he slammed against the wall in left-center after chasing down a Chris Lubanski flyball in the ninth inning with the tying run on second base.

Cook finished 3 for 4 and was a double shy of tying the Cal League record for doubles in a game. Catcher Miguel Montero went 3 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Montero has reached based safely in 32 of Lancaster's 37 games.

Lancaster starter Jon Castellanos allowed three runs in the first inning and five runs in four innings. But the JetHawks' bullpen was able to rescue him. Alex Cremidan, Ruben Kerbs and Ryan Coffin combined to give up one run and five hits to keep Lancaster in the game.

Justin Frank, (818) 713-3607

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 16, 2005
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