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Imperial's Harvey leads West all-stars to win

June 12, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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It wasn't exactly the way Imperial High School's Stewart Harvey expected to end his high school baseball career.

It was better than he expected.

In the inaugural East/West high school senior all-star game Saturday, Harvey finished 2-for-2 with a triple, three RBIs, four runs, two stolen bases and two walks in leading the West to a 9-6 victory at Imperial High School.

The game featured some of the Imperial Valley's best high school senior baseball talent, with a West team made up of players from Brawley Union, Calipatria, Imperial and Southwest taking on an East squad of players from Calexico, Central Union, Holtville and Vincent Memorial high schools.

"It was a really good way to go out, especially this being the last high school baseball game we all played in," said the 17-year-old Harvey, who played second base and was the West's lead-off hitter. "I really didn't expect to do that well offensively. Every inning in that game you're facing a team's No. 1 pitcher, so that makes things a little tougher."

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Even with the pressure of facing some of the best local pitchers after not having played on a regular basis for two weeks, Harvey stepped up when his team needed it.

He scored the first run of the game in the first inning after being walked, then scored in the third. Down 4-3 in the fifth, he scored the tying run and in the eighth connected on a two-run single to give his team a lead it would not relinquish.

While the game was meaningful in that it was the inaugural local high school all-star game, Harvey said he and his teammates played it as if it were just another game.

"There was no pressure on anyone in this game. It had nothing to do with the regular season. It was totally separate from it," said Harvey. "Even though there wasn't any pressure, I still wanted to go out and do my best.

"I think overall things went pretty well for me. I'm just glad I ended my high school baseball career on a good note.

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