PALM DESERT — In a bit of a preview for the Imperial Valley League baseball season, Imperial High edged Brawley Union 7-6 to take fifth place in the 16-team Desert Classic tournament here Saturday.
Tied 6-6 in the sixth, Imperial's Bryan Seeger connected on a hit and scored Brenden Lopez for the go-ahead run.
Aaron Hartsock retired the side in the seventh and wrapped up the win for Imperial.
Brett Cochran led the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run. Chris Mazeroll finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Seeger chipped in two doubles and two RBIs.
"Out of all the teams, we were the only division IV team and the smallest. So to take fifth is a big accomplishment,"
For Brawley, Calvin Williams and Brandon Burnett both finished with a double and two RBIs.
Added Estes: "Our kids really wanted this game. I think they wanted to prove that this team does belong in the IVL."