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Vikings pound Bulldogs 17-0

March 31, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

CALEXICO n What is a blowout? It's when the losing team goes through five

pitchers in only five innings.

It's when 17 runs are scored n and one of the teams went scoreless.

What happened here Friday was a blowout as the Holtville High School softball team downed Calexico 17-0.

"It was one of those games where everything that could go wrong goes wrong," said Calexico head coach Raul Martinez. "It was a nightmare game. I have to hand it to Holtville. They're a good team, a very good team."

The first inning was uneventful, but in the second frame, Holtville logged six runs.

The Vikings' Jessica Young was the first to score off a Regan Rothfleisch single with the bases loaded.

The Bulldogs had a chance to stay close as the next two Viking batters got out, but the bases were still loaded. With just one more out, the tale of the game could have been different.

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That did not happen as

Holtville went on to score five more runs that inning. The flood gates were officially opened.

Calexico's Jennifer Martinez pitched the first two innings before being yanked

at the start of the third. Eileen Ronquille came to the mound to see what she

could do, but could not stop the bleeding. Holtville notched four more runs in the third inning for a 10-0 advantage.

Martinez returned to pitch the fourth inning, and she proved the most effective of the Bulldogs' five pitchers. She allowed one run in that

inning, coming off a Maricela Valenzuela single to drive in Josie Silva pushing Holtville's lead to 11-0.

The fifth inning saw Veronica Cota take the mound for Calexico. She proceeded to walk the first four batters she faced, giving Holtville another run at 12-0.

The Bulldogs replaced Cota with Olivia Burgos. Three

walks, an error and a single later, the score was 16-0 and Burgos' time on the mound was over.

With the bases loaded and one out, hurler Sonia Lopez went in for her tour

of duty. She walked another Viking batter, but she also got the last two outs, and Holtville finished the game with 17 runs.

The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

The winning pitcher for Holtville was Lauren Huyler, who was masterful in

four innings of work. She one-hit the Bulldogs with four strikeouts and three walks.

Huyler credits her team for her performance.

"It's very easy," Huyler said about knowing she has a strong defensive backing and run support. "I have so much confidence."

Huyler also gives a lot of credit to teammate and catcher Young.

"I have confidence," Huyler said. "I can throw it high and know it can be stopped. She's there."

The Vikings' Nina Rivas came on in the fifth inning to clean up, walking two and striking out one while not giving up a hit to close the contest.

The Vikings now sport a record of 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the Imperial Valley League.

Despite the blowout, the Vikings still hope to get better.

"There are always things to work on," said Viking manager David Rodgers. "Overall we played a really good game. Obviously we hit the ball well. It

was a great effort."

Calexico falls to 2-10 overall and 1-3 in league and hopes to regroup.

"There are no excuses," Martinez said. "I hoped to have a better showing

team-wise. I hope the next time we play it's the team we've

had all season and not to play this way."

Holtville returns to action on Tuesday at Central at 4:15 p.m. The Bulldogs play next on Friday at home against Southwest at 4:15 p.m.

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