“We’ve kind of struggled swinging the bats (to start the season),” Santa Fe coach Steve Hendry said. “But it gets contagious. We finally had a couple of hard-hit balls and then it started to roll. But we did a good job.” Montebello, which was the designated visiting team, took the early lead, scoring two runs in the first on a walk to Sal Esparza, a single by Chris Galaviz and a two-run single by pitcher Juan Martinez (0-1). But the Oilers (1-2), despite having scoring chances in the second and third innings, were limited to one hit over the final six innings. “I don’t know (what’s wrong),” Montebello coach Rafael Gutierrez said. “We’re not taking very good at-bats. Our pitchers are very inconsistent. It seems like every inning we walk somebody, it turns into a big inning.” That came in the fourth when the Chiefs, trailing 2-1, scored three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Third baseman Anthony Salas went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to pace the Chiefs (1-1-1), who rallied for the victory by scoring one run in the second inning, three in the fourth and three in the sixth. Starter Freddie Gloria (1-1) and relievers Gabe Encinas and Angel Molina combined on a three-hitter with seven strikeouts. Catcher Derek Remijio was hit by a pitch to start the rally. Molina then tied the score with a double off the center-field fence. Salas followed with an RBI double to right field to make it 3-2 before Frank Fuentes singled home Salas for a 4-2 lead. The Chiefs pitching trio made it stand. Gloria settled down after the first to finish with five strike outs before giving way to Encinas and Molina, who combined to retire nine of the final 10 batters. Encinas did get some help from center fielder Josh Dunigan, who hauled in a deep fly off the bat of Chris Franco. “To me, the play of the game was Dunigan’s over-the-shoulder catch, ” Hendry said. “We just take the lead, and bam, they hit a double to lead off the inning. But (Dunigan) ran that ball down. We played good defense and the pitchers did a good job.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – So much for the importance of first impressions. The ability to get off to a quick start hasn’t exactly done wonders for the Montebello High School baseball team, which despite taking a two-run lead during the opening inning for the second consecutive game, lost 7-2 to visiting Santa Fe in Montebello Tournament pool play on Wednesday.