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Baseball: Dogs put bite on IVL title

May 09, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — A year ago the Calexico High School baseball team was celebrating a championship in the Imperial Valley League.

Soon after their final game, though, the Bulldogs were stripped of the crown for using an ineligible player.

After playing like a team possessed through nine IVL games this year, Calexico wrapped up a share of the title in its 10th game with a 6-2 win over Holtville High here Tuesday.

"This is a very good way to continue our season. I mean, to be 10-0 in league is something to be proud of," said Bulldog coach Sergio Rubio. "I'm happy we have a piece of the title, but I'm not content with sharing it.

"I'm not satisfied yet. I think we still have a lot to prove, especially with what happened last year. This is kind of bittersweet to win IVL, but we still want more."

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Calexico can wrap up sole possession of the title with a win Tuesday against Southwest High.

Before the game it seemed as if the Bulldogs would shred Holtville, which entered the game at the bottom of the IVL standings with an 0-9 record and had given up 44 runs in its last two games.

But Holtville played one of its best games of the year, despite losing by four runs.

"I think we did real well. We were really aggressive at the plate and pretty much out-hit them," said Viking coach Scott Anderson. "If it wasn't for a couple of errors, then we're talking about a different ball game. Calexico just seemed to get key hits at the right time."

The Bulldogs biggest offensive output came in the first as they scored four runs off Holtville starter Edward Castro.

After Hector Rivera and Diego Lopez scored the first two runs, the Bulldogs added two more as Pedro Cazares connected on a double, scoring Chris Wong and J.P. Gonzalez.

Holtville answered in the second as the first three batters reached base safely. Isac Mejia led off the frame with a double and scored on a single by Erik Burnworth. Jarett Hilfiker then grounded into a double play but scored Frank Lopez to cut the score to two runs.

After that shaky second inning, Calexico starting pitcher J.P. Gonzalez held Holtville in check, not allowing any runs the last five innings.

His offense gave him some more run support as Matt Sauceda and Juan Lopez scored in the fourth and fifth innings.

"I started out a little weak on the mound because I was nervous. I think that was because of how big this game was. It was a championship game for us," said Gonzalez, who finished with six strikeouts. "But then the team gave me some run support and I got comfortable. I think I could've done a little better, but I'll take the win any way I can."

Holtville (0-10 IVL) hosts Central Union at 4:15 p.m. Friday and Calexico will play at Southwest at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Brawley 10, Palo Verde 4

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High baseball team downed Palo Verde 10-4 to remain in second place in the Imperial Valley League with a 7-2 record.

Leading the Brawley offense were Andy Buckner, who went 1-for-2, including a three-run triple, with two runs and three RBIs, and Javier Calles who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Matt Smith finished 2-for-4 for the Wildcats.

Sergio Romo picked up the win.

On Saturday, Brawley fell 9-8 to Granite Hills in El Cajon, losing in the bottom of the seventh.

Brandon Burnett led the offense with a three-run home run in seventh, which tied the game at 8-8. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Buckner was 2-for-4 and Smith was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Wildcats will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Imperial.

Calipatria 10, Lutheran 5

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria High baseball team downed Lutheran High of San Diego 10-5 in Citrus League action here Tuesday.

Picking up the win was Josh Flores pitching a complete game and striking out 10.

Brett Lyerly was 4-for-5 with four RBIs for Calipatria with Daniel Sadberry going 2-for-3. Eriberto Perez and Johnny Favalita were both 2-for-5 for the Hornets.

Calipatria (5-6 CL) hosts Borrego Springs at 3:30 today.

Central 7, Imperial 2

IMPERIAL — Humberto Cardenas struck out nine to lead Central Union to a 7-2 win over Imperial here Tuesday.

Cardenas limited the Tigers to two hits over seven innings to pick up the win.

Cardenas led the Central offense with two hits and two runs. Jose Ibarra had two hits and three RBIs for the Spartans (10-9-1, 5-4).

Brett Cochran took the loss for Imperial (12-9, 4-6).

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