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Palo Verde knocks off Holtville

April 25, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — Heading into Tuesday's game, the Holtville and Palo Verde high school baseball teams were looking to break into the Imperial Valley League's win column.

Holtville found itself on the wrong side of the win/loss column again, falling 6-3 to Palo Verde.

The loss dropped the Vikings into sole possession of last place in the IVL with an 0-6 record with four league games to play.

While the game was relatively close throughout, Holtville coach Scott Anderson said the lackluster play of his squad was ultimately the deciding factor.

"Mentally we were just not into it. From the start we came out flat," said Anderson. "We just played some bad baseball. We made some mistakes and Palo Verde just took advantage of them."

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The biggest Yellowjacket inning came in the sixth as Palo Verde scored three runs to break a 3-3 tie.

Anderson also attributed his team's struggles to a lack of experience and leadership.

"We have a young team and we need someone to step up. We do have some seniors and juniors and we need them to step up," Anderson said. "When it comes to something like this, it's a matter of knowing how to win ball games. Right now our guys just don't know how to get to that next level."

Holtville showed its inexperience in the opening frame as the Yellowjackets took advantage of Viking miscues, scoring two runs.

Palo Verde manufactured a run in the third inning, coming through with clutch hits in key situations.

While the Yellowjacket offense was getting it done, Palo Verde pitcher Rudy Levario held Vikings to one hit through three frames.

The Holtville bats caught fire in the fourth as six of the first seven batters reached base safely, pushing home three runs. Getting the hit parade going was Adan Mejia, who scored on a single by Isac Mejia. Isac Mejia later scored on a base knock by Erick Burnworth to tie the contest. Edward Castro accounted for the other Viking score, reaching home on an error.

The Viking offense only recorded three more hits in the next three innings.

Said Yellowjacket coach Tom Copple: "I was very happy with the way we played. I was especially happy with the pitching performance we got from Rudy.

"We still made a few mistakes, but I think we're now starting to get everything together."

Holtville (5-11 overall) hosts Imperial at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

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