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Baseball: Fourth-inning explosion propels Tigers to win

March 16, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — For four innings it seemed as if the Imperial High baseball team were in for a dog fight with Calipatria High at McCarty Field here Thursday.

After finally figuring out Calipatria pitcher Eddie Perez, Imperial got things rolling for an 11-1 win that was called in the sixth inning on the 10-run rule as D.J. Hastings closed things with a lead-off home run.

"We knew we could've done better, but I'm just happy we got the win," said Hastings, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Despite giving up four runs in the first three frames, Perez struck out seven through four innings.

"He did a really good job for them. That was an excellent pitching performance. I was very impressed," said Imperial coach William Estes.

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Said Hornet coach Mike Dixon of Perez's performance: "He mixed up the pitches well and kept their hitters off balance. I was more than happy with what he did."

While Perez's performance was impressive, it wasn't as dominating as that of Imperial's Brett Cochran. In five innings, Cochran only gave up one hit while striking out 12 and walking two. The lone run given up was unearned as Perez scored in the second on an overthrow.

With Cochran shutting down Calipatria's bats, an aggressive Tiger offense scored in all but one inning. Ten stolen bases consistently put runners in scoring position.

In the first inning, the Tigers stole four bases and with the bat of Chris Mazeroll scored two runs. Matt Mitchell and Brenden Lopez tacked on two more runs in the second and third, upping Imperial's lead to 4-1.

After a 1-2-3 fourth inning, the Tiger offense came alive in the fifth and hammered Perez for six runs on the strength of doubles by Lopez, Aaron Hartsock and Mitchell and a triple by Bryan Seeger. Up 10-1 with two outs and the bases loaded, Rene Salinas had an opportunity to close the game with a hit but struck out.

Added Estes: "I was happy that our guys didn't just look past this game. They came out ready to play and got the job done."

Calipatria (0-3 overall) hosts West Shores at 3:15 today. Imperial (4-1) hosts Holtville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Cibola tournament

Kofa 3, Calexico 2

Calexico 2, Sinagua 1

YUMA — The Calexico High baseball team kicked off play in the Cibola tournament going 1-1, losing 3-2 to Kofa High of Yuma and beating Sinagua High of Flagstaff 2-1.

Against Kofa, Diego Lopez pitched 6 1/3 innings striking out six, walking one and giving up five hits. J.P. Gonzalez went 2-for-2 and Juan Lopez and Pedro Casarez both added RBIs for the Bulldogs against Kofa.

Against Sinagua, Hector Rivera picked up the win, going all seven innings, striking out four and giving up only two hits.

Rivera, Matt Sauceda and Diego Lopez all finished 2-for-3 and Juan Lopez and Casarez chipped in RBIs.

Calexico returns to tournament play today.

Lake Havasu 1, Central 0

YUMA — Despite a six-strikeout, complete-game performance from pitcher Humberto Cardenas, the Central Union High baseball team fell 1-0 to Lake Havasu on the first day of the Cibola tournament here Thursday.

Central returns to tournament play today.

Holtville 6, Antelope 4

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High baseball team downed Antelope High of Welton, Ariz., 6-4 here Thursday.

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