Hornets earn first win

March 31, 2001|By JON HINSHAW,Sports Writer

CALIPATRIA — Sometimes a battle of winless teams can be exciting because, after all, someone is going to come away a winner.

The Calipatria High School baseball team took the beneficial scenario and earned its first win of the season here Friday in an 8-3 decision over Vincent Memorial.

After a tie game through the first three innings, the Hornets broke though in the fifth and sixth frames. Brett Lyerly hit a pair of doubles in each inning to drive home three of his five RBIs and push his team's lead to 6-2 and 8-3 respectively.

"We're really starting to step it up a lot more and we're giving a better effort," said Lyerly, who went 4-for-4 at the plate. "Our offense was good today and our defense played a lot better. Instead of making 10 or so errors we only made a couple."


Vincent (0-5 overall, 0-2 Desert Mountain League) grabbed the first lead of the game with a couple runs in the third frame. Nicolas Santos and Michael Gamboa both came across for the Scots. Santos came in on a single by Julian Escalera off Hornet starter Josh Flores and Gamboa scored on a passed ball.

Calipatria (1-7, 1-2) earned the tie in the bottom of the frame when Lyerly singled in Johnny Fallovollita, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

The Hornets took the lead in the bottom half of the fourth when Fallovollita came across again on an error by Vincent after doubling in the inning. The run gave Calipatria a 3-2 lead and got the ball rolling for the fifth and sixth innings.

Lyerly had a run-scoring double in the fifth as part of a three-run Hornet frame. The Scots hurt themselves in the inning with two errors that allowed two more runs to score. Vincent got one back in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Adrian Araguas scoring Eddie Olivas, but Calipatria wasn't done.

"We relied on our first pitcher too much and we had to go to our reliever and he didn't do too well either," said Scot coach Edward Roldan.

With both Josh Noriega and Fallovollita on base in the bottom of the sixth, Lyerly cracked his second double to push across the game's final runs.

"The first nine of our 11 games are on the road, but we're improving despite that," said Hornets coach Mike Dixon. "We're a young team and we're still learning. Everytime we step on the field, however, we're improving."

Calipatria will face its next opponent on the road against Mountain Empire at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, while Vincent will be trying for its first win at Borrego Springs at the same time and date.

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