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Arab bats erupt in 10-1 win

April 18, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

In typical Imperial-area heat, the Imperial Valley College baseball team blew past visiting San Diego Mesa 10-1 Tuesday.

The lone Olympian run came in the ninth inning when Arab pitcher Jason Anderson walked Scott Lawless with the bases loaded to allow Michael Swan to score.

The Arabs got off to a quick start in the first inning. After Anderson allowed no hits in the top of the inning, Justin Winburn got on base and Jake Richter followed with a double, but the next two IVC batters failed to convert and the inning ended.

The third inning was a bit more productive as IVC's Ryan Parker led off with a single and was helped to third on an Olympian error during Winburn's next at-bat. Parker was called out at home, but Winburn scored on an Alfredo Vasquez RBI single. Ricky Guzman followed in Winburn's tracks thanks to an RBI single by Cory Moreno.

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Randy Leedom capped the Arab scoring in the inning by hitting a double that allowed both Moreno and Vasquez to reach home.

Parker again got on base in the fourth inning and scored on another error with Winburn at bat.

Mesa went three up and three down in the fifth but the Arab offense did not let up. Vasquez got to second off another error and was brought home by Leedom to increase the lead to 6-0.

The highlight of the inning — and the game — came when Todd Richardson hit the game's only home run, a solo shot off of Mike Carter to make the score 7-0.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Olympians changed pitchers, a move that brought no help. The Olympians allowed IVC to go through the entire batting order in the sixth.

The Arabs scored three runs in the sixth off RBI singles by Richter and Vasquez and a wild pitch by the third Olympian to take the mound, Shlomo Lipetz.

IVC finished the Olympians in the ninth, making a double play for the final two outs.

IVC assistant coach David Milan said the win was a confidence-builder.

"It's a good victory," Milan said. "It's good momentum to go into next week with."

He said the Arabs are on a run and the victory can help keep it going.

Milan gave credit to the pitching and defense.

"We've been putting up runs all year," Milan said. "But it's been our lapses on defense that held us back."

Richter agreed with Milan about being on a run.

"We just need to get on a roll," Richter said. "As long as we have a strong defense and our offense comes along, we'll be all right."

Richter added, "We just need to play strong all nine innings."

IVC will play at 2 p.m. Thursday at San Diego Mesa.

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