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Softball: Vikings slip past Brawley

March 24, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — It had all the makings of one of "those" games local softball fans would be talking about for years.

It featured two of the Imperial Valley League's best squads, with both teams' aces on the mound, it was played on a perfect afternoon and it was a look into which team might have the makings of an IVL champ.

The girls didn't disappoint.

The Brawley Union and Holtville high school softball squads put on a show of pitching, defense and timely hitting here Friday, with Holtville pulling out a 1-0 victory in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out single.

Viking second baseman Josie Silva shot a single to left-center off Brawley starter Leighan Sudduth, scoring Nina Rivas with the game-winning run. Regan Rothfleisch had to set the table one at-bat earlier with a bloop single and was lifted for a pinch-runner after advancing to second base on a passed ball.

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"We knew it was either them or us," said Silva. "We kept up the pressure the whole game and we really wanted this win. I was just thinking down the middle when the pitch came and I got it."

Silva's hit capped a game that featured just eight combined hits, with just two in the first five innings. Holtville's Lauren Huyler earned the win thanks to a brilliant performance from her defense. Huyler continually had the Wildcats hitting ground balls and shallow fly balls in a complete game, two-hitter. Huyler walked no one and struck out four in a fast-paced contest that lasted just 75 minutes.

"The game went so fast I didn't even know we were in the final inning," said Huyler, who yielded both hits to Trisha Fleming. "Our defense really played well today and that was the most important thing in a tight game like this. We were ready for anything and we all worked together."

Sudduth was equally up to the task as she also had no walks and four strikeouts, but she got touched in the final two innings for five hits.

The Wildcats (4-2 overall, 1-1 IVL) had a good opportunity to give Sudduth the lead in the third frame when Fleming hit a triple to start the inning.

Huyler recovered and got Erin Rutherford to foul out to Cindy Lopez at third and Karla Price to ground out to Mykell Johnston at shortstop. Fleming tried to break home on Price's grounder but Claudia Lopez nailed her at the plate. The blown opportunity would be Brawley's best chance as Huyler would yield just one more hit.

"We knew Huyler could throw coming in," Brawley coach Rahsahn Overton said. "We were expecting it, but we also expected to make better plays. We just couldn't get our hits to fall through."

Holtville (6-1, 2-0 IVL) had a good situation that went south in the sixth inning when it reached Sudduth for two singles. Michelle Strahm and Johnston, who had a game-high two hits, both got aboard with base knocks with two outs in the frame. Jessica Young followed with another single that looked like it would score Strahm from second.

Fleming fielded the sharply hit ball in center field and as Strahm rounded third Fleming gunned an outstanding throw to catcher Rutherford, who caught the ball on a bounce and quickly spun and tagged Strahm a half-step before reaching home.

The Vikings made their next opportunity count when Rivas took home on Silva's single in the bottom of the seventh.

"Everything just kind of fell into place for us," Holtville coach David Rogers said. "It all worked out like it was supposed to. Our players bounced back from some mistakes and put it together. It was a total team effort."

Holtville heads to El Centro for a game at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at Southwest.

"That's just the way the ball game goes," added Overton. "I give a lot of credit to Coach Rogers. He had a very disciplined team. We're really going to be going after them next time we meet in Brawley."

The Wildcats host non-league foe Cathedral City at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

La Quinta 3, Southwest 2

LA QUINTA — The Southwest High School softball team fell 3-2 to La Quinta here Friday.

Monica Lopez took the loss. She pitched two innings in relief of starter Lisa Garcia, who went five.

Lauren Miramontes, Mary Sanders and Andy Miramontes all had a hit for Southwest.

The Eagles host Holtville at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Central 1, Kofa 0

Maria Perez allowed just one hit as Central knocked off Kofa High of Yuma 1-0 here Friday.

Perez got the complete-game win. She struck out eight in seven innings.

The Spartans had only one hit, but they made it count. Clarissa Maldonado had Central's hit and came in to score when Marissa Guzman hit into a fielder's choice in the bottom of the seventh.

Central next plays at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at Imperial.

Tigers take third

BLYTHE — The Imperial High School softball team took third place at the Palo Verde tournament here Saturday.

The Tigers downed Monument Valley 2-1 in the third place game.

Lindsay Lugo earned the win for Imperial. She also scored the game-winning run.

Andrea Thompson had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers.

Earlier in the day Imperial fell to Palo Verde 7-0.

The Tigers knocked off Monument Valley 4-1 and Calexico 6-1 on Friday.

Thompson earned the win against Monument Valley. Lugo was the winner against Calexico.

Amy Holtz had two hits in the first contest and Rhea Deal had two hits and scored two runs in the second.

The Tigers (5-3) will be back in action at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at home against Calexico.

Bulldogs win one

SAN DIEGO — The Calexico High School softball team picked up its first win of the season, ripping Lincoln of San Diego 17-3 at the Montgomery tournament here Saturday.

Beatrice Cruz had three hits for the Bulldogs (1-9). Christina Ruiz and Erica Zamora added two hits each.

Calexico lost to Montgomery 2-1 in the following game.

Jennifer Martinez took the loss.

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