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Softball: Wildcats knock off Tigers

April 04, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

IMPERIAL — All Audrey Corpuz needed was one run. Fortunately for her, she got five.

The Brawley Union High School hurler shut out the Imperial Tigers in a 5-0 win here Tuesday.

While Corpuz dominated, finishing with just one hit allowed and nine strikeouts in seven innings, it was a Brawley offensive explosion in the seventh that head coach Rahsahn Overton thought was key.

"Once we get one run they usually keep coming," Overton said. "We get loosened up and start hitting the ball well."

The Wildcats scored their first run in the fifth inning and got it without the benefit of a hit.

Imperial starting pitcher Lindsay Lugo hit Brawley's Reggie Horta to start the inning. Horta moved to second on a sacrifice and took third on a ground out. She scored on a Lugo wild pitch.

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Corpuz appeared to be in a bit of bind herself in the fifth. With one out Imperial's Marcy Hurtado walked. After Corpuz struck out Amy Holtz, Rhea Deal knocked a base hit, putting runners at first and second with two outs. Hurtado and Deal then embarked on a successful double steal and the Tigers had runners at second and third. Corpuz induced the next hitter, Lugo, into a ground out to shortstop to end the inning.

The Wildcat offense exploded on Lugo in the top of the seventh. Leighan Sudduth led off the inning with a single and stole second. Ebony Lofton followed Sudduth with a triple. Horta then ripped a single to plate Lofton. Karla Price followed with a single and along with Horta, crossed the plate on a two-run single by Corpuz.

Brawley took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Overton was still wary of the Tigers.

"With the way the weather was anything could happen," he said of the windy day. "The pop flies were moving two to three feet. Anything could have happened."

As it was, little happened for Imperial in the bottom of the seventh. Corpuz recorded another strikeout in a 1-2-3 inning for the Wildcat win.

"We work on our offense every day," Imperial coach Kim Witte said of her team's lack of punch. "We played very good defense until the seventh inning. The score did not reflect the game. They took advantage of our mistakes. They're a real good ballclub."

Brawley improved to 8-3, 3-1 in the Imperial Valley League with the win. The Tigers fall to 5-6, 0-3 IVL.

Both teams will be back in action at 4:15 p.m. Friday. Brawley will travel to El Centro to take on Central. Imperial will be in Blythe against Palo Verde.

Holtville 2, Central 1

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High School softball team topped Central 2-1 in IVL action here Tuesday.

The Vikings' Lauren Huyler outdueled Central's Maria Perez to get the win. Huyler allowed three hits and struck out eight. Perez gave up five hits and struck out 12.

Holtville improves to 8-2, 4-1 in the IVL. Central falls to 3-1 in the IVL.

Both teams will be back in action at 4:15 p.m. Friday. Central will host Brawley and Holtville will be at West Shores.

Palo Verde 4, Southwest 3

The Southwest High School softball team fell to Palo Verde 4-3 in El Centro on Tuesday.

Monica Lopez took the loss. She gave up six hits and struck out three.

Lauren Miramontes had two hits and two RBIs for Southwest. Mary Sanders added two hits.

The Eagles return to action at 4:15 p.m. Friday at home against Calexico.

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