Baseball: Central takes consolation championship

April 12, 2001

COACHELLA — A year after winning the tournament, the Central Union High School baseball team took the consolation title in the Coachella tournament here Wednesday.

The Spartans knocked off Hamilton High from Riverside 13-1 in five innings to get the consolation title.

Kevin Betz pitched the complete game for Central. He struck out one.

Matt Baker led the Spartan offense with four hits and four RBIs. Victor Cesena had two hits and an RBI. Ricky Paleo added two hits and three RBIs.

Central returns to action at 4:15 p.m. April 24 at Southwest in El Centro.

Clark 6, Imperial 5

SAN DIEGO — The Imperial High baseball team was knocked from the Lions tournament, falling to Clark High of Nevada 6-5 in 11 innings here Wednesday.

Aaron Hartsock took the loss in relief of starter D.J. Hastings. Hartsock pitched one and one-third innings. Hastings was on the mound for eight and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and striking out seven.


Stewart Harvey had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers. Hastings had two hits and two RBIs. Brenden Lopez had two hits and Brett Cochran had a hit and scored three runs.

Imperial will be back in action at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Midway Baptist in San Diego.

Brawley 2, Centennial 1

SAN DIEGO — The Brawley Union High School baseball team knocked off Las Vegas' Centennial High 2-1 in the Lions tournament here Wednesday.

Javier Calles picked up the complete-game win.

Brawley will return to action in the tournament today.

Palm Springs 6, Holtville 5

COACHELLA — The Holtville High School baseball team ended its trip to the Coachella tournament on a losing note, falling to Palm Springs 6-5 here Wednesday.

The Vikings return to action at 10:30 a.m. April 21 at Coronado.

Sweetwater 9, Southwest 8

SAN DIEGO — Southwest High School's run in the San Diego Lions tournament ended with a 9-8 loss to Sweetwater High of National City here Wednesday.

Mario Gastelum took the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed nine runs (four earned).

George Rapp, David Herrera and Alex Caldera all had two hits for Southwest.

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