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Baseball: Tigers rip LJCD 10-2

May 23, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — After enduring a losing season in the Imperial Valley League, the Imperial High baseball team put its experiences against larger schools in the IVL to use as it downed La Jolla Country Day 10-2 in first-round CIF San Diego Section Division IV action here Tuesday.

Imperial finished 4-8 in the IVL, and it was playing against tough competition throughout the year that Tiger coach William Estes credited with his squad's victory Tuesday.

"That's definitely what did it. Playing in the IVL got us ready for CIF. It prepared us," said Estes, whose team moved to the IVL this season after playing in the Desert League. "People said we were crazy for doing it, but I knew playing against bigger schools would be beneficial for us."

Playing on a higher level may have helped the Tigers get past La Jolla County Day, but eight errors by the Torres didn't hurt.


Three errors in the second inning helped Imperial bust open the game as the Tigers scored seven runs.

"You can look at the errors they committed as being the difference, but at the same time, we had something to do with that," said Estes. "We put the ball in play and just hustled out each hit and forced them into those errors."

Bryan Seeger and Chris Cabrera both scored on a Brenden Lopez single in the second. Lopez later scored on a hit by John Woodard, who reached home on an error to up the score to 4-0.

Brett Cochran then scored on a single by D.J. Hastings, who scored on a two-run home run to left field by Chris Mazeroll that upped the lead to seven runs.

With the offense providing breathing room, Seeger controlled LJCD's bats, holding it to seven hits over seven innings.

"I just went out there and hit my spots," said Seeger. "It wasn't just me, though. Our defense played a really good game and made things easier for me."

The only innings the Torres could muster any offense were the third and fifth, when they scored a run in each. Their first run came on an RBI double by Patrick Christy, which scored Chris Gardner, who got on base after being hit by a pitch.

LJCD's other run came on a hit by Adam Kopiel that scored Chris McHugh, who reached safely on a single.

After the Torres cut the gap to five, Imperial answered with three runs in the fifth.

Lopez got the offense going in the fifth by drawing a walk. He was replaced by pinch-runner Joey Clayton, who scored on a double by Cochran. Cochran scored on an error to up the lead to 9-2. The Tigers' final run came from Stewart Harvey, who reached base on a fielding error and scored on another LJCD error.

"The errors are definitely what hurt us," said Torres coach John Edman. "During the season, when we would play good defense we would win. And when we committed errors, we would obviously struggle. This was one of those games. Imperial's a good team, but they were beatable."

Imperial travels to La Jolla to take on Bishop's at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Calexico 2, Mira Mesa 0

SAN DIEGO — A two-hitter by Juan Lopez helped Calexico High School get past Mira Mesa 2-0 in first-round CIF San Diego Section Division II action here Tuesday.

Lopez threw a complete game, struck out three and walked two.

Diego Lopez scored the Bulldogs' first run in the fourth inning on a base hit by Damian Lopez. Both finished 1-for-3.

J.P. Gonzalez, also 1-for-3, scored the second run in the sixth frame on a hit by Matt Sauceda.

Calexico will travel to La Mesa to take on Grossmont at 4 p.m. Thursday.

University of San Diego 4, Southwest 3

SAN DIEGO — The University of San Diego High School baseball team scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to get past Southwest High 4-3 in first-round CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs here Tuesday.

Southwest finishes 11-14-1 overall and 7-5 in the Imperial Valley League.

University City 13,

Central 3

SAN DIEGO — The Central Union High School baseball team was ousted in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs 13-3 by University City here Tuesday.

Central finishes 12-11-1 and 7-5 in the IVL.

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