ADELANTO — Professional baseball is officially back in Adelanto.

The High Desert Yardbirds played their first home game of the season and picked up an 8-6 victory against the Monterey Amberjacks thanks to 8 2-3 innings from Gregory Turner and three RBIs from Jonathan Tasis.

The Yardbirds (6-7) were announced weeks after the High Desert Mavericks left Adelanto last season after playing baseball in Adelanto from 1991 to 2016.

Prior to the start of the action, the stadium was rocking in anticipation for professional baseball returning. Former Mavericks season ticket holder Robert Garibay said he cried when he found out professional baseball was returning to Adelanto Stadium for 2017. Garibay is now a Yardbirds season ticket holder and plans on purchasing season tickets for the High Desert Fury, a professional soccer club that will play at Adelanto Stadium starting in March 2018.

"I was so ticked off about what happened with the Mavericks because I had been coming to this stadium since 1991," Garibay said moments before the opening pitch at Adelanto Stadium. "This means the world to me. I have so many memories in my 20-plus years of coming to games, from Bruce Bochy to seeing Mike Piazza and Pedro Martinez play against the Mavs for the championship that first season. I brought my children here. I'm just very excited for the start of the game."

Robert Fuchs Jr. has been a regular at the stadium since 2011 when his son bought him season tickets. Fuchs, also of Apple Valley, has attended games since moving to Apple Valley from Downey in 1997.

"It hurt when the Mavericks left, but it feels so good to be back at this stadium for some baseball," said Fuchs, who was sporting a customized Yardbirds jersey. "I was a die-hard Mavericks fan and now I'm a die-hard Yardbirds fan."

Official attendance was announced as 1,103. The Yardbirds face the Amberjacks again Wednesday in the second game of a six-game homestand. They are home for 10 of the next 11 games. High Desert begins a two-game set against the California City Whiptails starting Thursday.

The Amberjacks (3-9) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

High Desert tied the game after Anthony Hawkins drew a two-out walk. Kellen Maruffo followed with a double and then Jonathan Tasis drilled a 3-2 fastball to left field to drive in two runs.

Both teams then scored in the second inning on passed balls.

The Yardbirds tacked three runs in the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead and never looked back.

Tasis led off the bottom of the sixth inning sending a fastball over the left field fence to give High Desert a 7-3 lead.

The Yardbirds had an 8-4 lead entering the ninth inning. With two outs and a runner on, catcher Richard Lucatero, a Silverado High grad, fielded a slow roller and threw wildly to first to extend the inning. Monterey scored two runs forcing Turner out the game after 8 2-3 innings. Avery Brandon was called on and forced a groundout to shortstop to end the game and pick up the save.

Turner allowed four earned runs and 10 hits with three strikeouts. He also went 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs at the plate.

Tasis, who entered the game hitting .378 on the season, finished 3 for 4 and now has four home runs and 11 RBIs on the season.

With the win, the Yardbirds remain in fourth place in the six-team Pacific Division of the Pecos League.

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Jose Quintero may be reached at 760-955-5332 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DP_JoseQ.