The top-ranked Moors (3-1) led 2-0 through four innings and appeared poised to defend their title of a year ago. Alhambra starting pitcher Rob Olivarez, however, ran into trouble. After the Rams led off the top of the fifth with a single, Temple City’s Justin Coy hit a first-pitch nubber halfway between home and third. Olivarez (1-1) got to the ball quickly enough, but the junior threw wildly to first base. The error put runners at second and third with no outs. Temple City soon tied the game on Dusty Sanderson’s RBI single and Kyle MacDonald’s sacrifice fly. “I can’t believe how poorly we played on defense,” Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke said. “Temple City is a good team. You can’t give a good team (four) errors and expect to win.” The victory sends Temple City into Saturday’s championship game against Pasadena Poly (3-1) at 2 p.m. at Temple City. The Panthers advanced by beating Pasadena, 5-1. “We want to win our tournament,” Temple City coach Barry Bacon said. “Today we had some fortunate bounces and were able to score some runs against a great pitcher.” ALHAMBRA – The Temple City High School boys baseball team took a giant step toward claiming its first Arcadia Elks Temple City-Monrovia Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Alhambra. The Rams (4-0), the Star-News No. 2 team, benefitted from an unusually porous Alhambra defense to score four unearned runs in a 6-2 semifinal win. The Rams took the lead for good one inning later on another dubious throw. With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth, Olivarez induced Coy to hit a soft grounder back to the mound. Olivarez wisely threw to catcher Javier Estrada for the force out at home, but Estrada tried to end the inning on a risky play. The senior catcher threw to third base in hopes of catching the Rams’ Chris Almacellas leaning off the bag. But Estrada’s throw was high down the line and allowed the Rams to score two go-ahead runs. “I don’t really know how we scored some of our runs, it’s kind of a blur,” Bacon said. “But once we got a few runs I felt we had an excellent chance, especially with the way Kyle was pitching.” After giving up two runs and three hits through two innings, MacDonald (2-0) settled down and retired 11 of the last 12 batters. He did allow a walk. “Sometimes it takes me a while to warm up,” said MacDonald, who also had a double and two RBIs. “I told my guys that they were going to get a lot of hits coming their way and they made some good plays. I’m just looking forward to playing Saturday.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!