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Softball: Calexico stops Imperial

March 28, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

IMPERIAL — The Calexico High School softball team topped Imperial 7-5 here on Tuesday.

The game featured big scoring spurts by both teams. The Bulldogs' big inning just happened to be a little bigger than the Tigers'.

"Imperial is a tough team," said Calexico head coach Raul Martinez. "I knew it was going to be a good game."

In the top of the second and facing a 1-0 deficit, Calexico knocked in seven runs, thanks to Imperial mistakes and opportune hitting.


Karla Perea and Jennifer Martinez started the scoring when an errant throw on an attempted steal by Perea paved the way. The flood gates were open.

Later in the inning, Tanya Solano drove in teammate Erika Zamora. Solano scored later on a bases loaded walk to Christina Ramirez.

Then Perea, up for the second time in the inning, hit a double to drive in Linda Mendoza and Beatrice Cruz for the 6-1 lead.

The Bulldogs added another run when Zamora crossed home on a Tiger error. The Bulldogs boasted a 7-1 lead.

Things looked bleak for the Tigers, but Imperial put on its own scoring clinic in the sixth, notching four runs.

"We got three hits in a row," said Tigers head coach Kim Witte. "I always say that hitting is contagious."

With no outs and the bases loaded, Imperial's Andrea Thompson was walked, bringing in Amy Holtz.

Andrea Aguirre reached base on a fielder's choice as Rhea Deal crossed the plate, making the score 7-3.

With Ashley Vindiola up, Aguirre attempted a steal. She was safe and teammate Lindsay Lugo crossed the plate. Vindiola eventually walked.

Another steal attempt, this time with Ashley Melvin up, also worked for the Tigers. Vindiola was nailed in the theft attempt, but Aguirre scored. The score was 7-5.

The Tigers tried another rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting two runners on base with one out, but they were unable to capitalize.

The winning pitcher was Jennifer Martinez. She walked three and struck out one.

"She's been tough all season," Raul Martinez said. "She did a great job."

Thompson picked up the loss for Imperial, She started the game strongly by striking out two of the first three batters, but she had to endure a tough second frame

"You're cruising along and the team has a couple of errors," Witte said.

Thompson finished with four strikeouts and three walks in two innings.

Lindsay Lugo finished the game in relief, allowing one run while striking out four and walking one.

"She did a heck of a job," Witte said. "It's kind of hard to come into a game down 6-1"

Imperial downed Calexico 6-1 at a tournament in Blythe on Friday.

"We only had one error in the first game," Witte said. "We had three in that first inning. I have to give them credit."

"In Blythe we made a lot of mistakes," Martinez added. "This time they made the mistakes."

The Bulldogs picked up their first win in Imperial Valley League play and are 1-2 in the IVL, 2-9 overall. Imperial drops to 5-4 and 0-3 in league.

"We lost five games this year by one run," Martinez said. "We've been working hard in practice. I'm happy for the team."

The Tigers play at Julian at 3:15 today. The Bulldogs host Holtville at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Brawley 5, Cathedral City 0

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High School softball team topped Cathedral City 5-0 in non-league action here Tuesday.

Audrey Corpuz picked up the win for the Wildcats, who improved their record to 6-3.

Kaylin Rubin led the Brawley offense with two hits.

The Wildcats return to action at 3]:15 p.m. Friday at home against Palo Verde.

Vincent Memorial 8,

Midway Baptist 5

CALEXICO — The Vincent Memorial High softball team earned its third win of the season, defeating Midway Baptist 8-5 here Tuesday.

Picking up the win was Annette Leon, who struck out seven.

Claudia Gonzalez led the Scots' offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Vincent (3-2) plays at Calipatria at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Southwest 4, Holtville 3

The Southwest High School softball team stopped Holtville 4-3 in 12 innings here Tuesday.

Andie Miramontes and Monica Lopez had two hits for the Eagles.

Lopez picked up the win. She pitched the complete game and struck out six.

Central 1, Palo Verde 0

BLYTHE — The Central Union High School softball team knocked off Palo Verde 1-0 here Tuesday.

Maria Perez pitched the complete game, allowing one hit and striking out 12.

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