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Wildcats shred Eagles 11-2

April 28, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High baseball team stormed past Southwest 11-2 on Friday thanks to a fourth inning that saw eight Wildcat runs.

Southwest loaded the bases in the top of the first but Brawley pulled off a double play and ended the inning. In the bottom of the first, the Wildcats jumped to an early lead off an RBI double by Calvin Williams, the game's winning pitcher.

Southwest put up two runs in the second inning, the first coming off a Frank Richards RBI single that sent Mario Gastelum home. The second Eagle run came when Richards scored on a wild pitch.

The inning ended with a 2-1 Eagle advantage.

In the third, Brawley tied the game at 2-2 when a balk was called on Eagle pitcher Eric Flores that scored Mitchell Ruiz.

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Then the fourth inning came and left the Eagles flightless.

Southwest kicked off the futile inning going three up and three down. At that point, the game went into Brawley's possession.

Joel Aguirre landed on first because of an Eagle error and Andy Buckner was hit by a Flores pitch.

The next batter, Matt Smith, hit a long double that sent Aguirre and Buckner home for a two-run Wildcat lead.

Things only got better for the Wildcats when Adam Whittle smacked a triple and Dominic Aguirre popped an RBI double before Southwest coach Mickey Carter sent Richards in to relieve Flores.

Richards walked Ruiz and then gave up a two-RBI single to Brandon Burnett. Williams, the next Wildcat batter, got a double off Richards and Romo was walked.

Dominic Aguirre, pinch-running for Williams, scored on the second Eagle balk of the afternoon, and Richards finally managed to get the third out by striking out Buckner.

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth, when Joel Aguirre, who got on first by fielder's choice, scored on an Eagle error.

"It was a big win for us," said Brawley coach Pedro Carranza. "These guys were in second place and they beat us in the first round (of IVL play)."

Carranza said the win helped the Wildcats because of his squad's recent loss to Calexico.

He added the fourth inning lifted the team's spirit.

"Adam Whittle's big pinch hit let some fire into the guys and got some confidence in them," Carranza said.

Brawley pulled into a tie with the Eagles for second place in the IVL.

Carter said he was not devastated by the loss.

"I don't think we really fell apart," Carter said. "The pitches just got up and (Brawley) knew what to do with them. They did their job."

Carter said sometimes a team goes on a run and there just isn't anything that can stop it. He added he still is confident about his squad.

"We don't think we need to do anything different," Carter said. "We lost the game, but we should be able to bounce back."

Both teams return to action at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Eagles will host Imperial in El Centro while the Wildcats will travel to Holtville.

Calexico 11, Central 9

The Calexico High School baseball team staved off a Central Union comeback to pick up an 11-9 win in Imperial Valley League play in El Centro on Friday.

Juan Lopez was the winning pitcher. Central's Jose Ibarra took the loss.

Diego Lopez led the Calexico offense going 4-for-5.

The Spartans (3-4 IVL) next play Palo Verde in Blythe at 3:15 p.m. Friday. Calexico (7-0 IVL) plays at Imperial at 7 p.m. Friday.

Imperial 3, Holtville 1

HOLTVILLE — The Imperial High School baseball team squeaked by Holtville 3-1 in Imperial Valley League action here Friday.

Picking up the win was Bryan Seeger, who threw a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out five.

Chris Mazeroll led the Imperial offense, going 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Stewart Harvey had an RBI and Brett Cochran and Brenden Lopez both went 1-for-3 and scored.

Edward Castro took the loss for Holtville, pitching seven innings and allowing one earned run.

Both teams play at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, with Imperial playing at Southwest in El Centro and Holtville (0-7 IVL) hosting Brawley.

Calipatria 10, Warner 6

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria High baseball team downed Warner Springs 10-6 here Friday.

Leading the Calipatria offense was Andy Peralta, who went 3-for-4 with three doubles. Brett Lyerly was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Hornets (4-11 overall) play at Vincent Memorial in Calexico at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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