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Santana continues to produce for 'Cats

May 22, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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When the Brawley Union High School baseball team wrapped up second place in the Imperial Valley League last week, it did so with a sophomore- and junior-laden, somewhat inexperienced squad.

What Brawley lacked in experience it made up in heart, desire and determination.

The most valuable player in the team's success in most eyes would be 17-year-old junior David Santana.

Santana finished with a .458 batting average, 28 runs batted in and 21 runs.

He capped his tremendous season with huge performances in Brawley's two final regular season games, against Central Union and Calexico high schools.

In those two IVL games, both Wildcat victories, Santana finished with a combined five hits, six RBIs and four runs.

"Before last week we had all practiced really hard just getting ready for those two games," said Santana, Brawley's center fielder. "We all knew we had a job to do in both those games. Everyone just worked together and that's what helped us get those wins. It really boosts our confidence to end the season with those wins."

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The biggest win of the two games, if not the season, was the 9-8 victory over IVL champion Calexico on Thursday.

"After we beat Central we went into that Calexico game with a lot of confidence," Santana said. "That was a tough game, though. Calexico's a tough team. I have to give them credit. But I guess we were just the better team."

Santana and his teammates now must focus on their CIF San Diego Section Division III playoff game against Ramona High today.

There's no doubt in Brawley coach Pedro Carranza's mind that for the Wildcats to be successful, Santana must be as consistent as he's been throughout the year.

"He has definitely been the most consistent player we've had this year. From the first game we played to the last, he's produced for us," said Carranza. "He's just one of those rare players that it doesn't matter what inning it is, he's going to get it done. Even in clutch situations, the pressure doesn't bother him at all.

"David does everything you ask him to and doesn't complain. He just does it. He's the kind of player you're always looking for."

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