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Calexico claims minor league crown

June 19, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — The Calexico White Sox downed the Brawley Reds 2-0 to win the Little League minors team inter-city championship here Monday.

Esaul Madrigal pitched the complete game for the White Sox and allowed only three hits through six innings, striking out 12.

Cody Riley took the loss for the Reds.

The White Sox jumped to a lead in the second inning when Jesus Ruvalcaba knocked in Jeremy Roldan.

Trevor Robinson flied out to Danny Ojeda in center field to end the inning with a 1-0 Calexico advantage.

The top of the third was non-productive for Brawley as Madrigal struck out the first two batters before Dylon Mohamed grounded out.

In the bottom of the inning, Madrigal landed on first via a fielding error and Alonso Nuñez followed with a walk. Roldan reached first on a fielder's choice and Nuñez scored on an error to give Calexico a 2-0 advantage.

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Madrigal continued to strike out Brawley batters and managed to get three consecutive outs, two by strikeout, to end the sixth inning after allowing a single.

After the game, the teams were awarded Little League pins and Calexico was given medals for winning the championship.

Calexico coach Gonzalo Roldan said he was proud of his team.

"The kids proved what they were all about," Roldan said. "Everybody was doing what they had to do."

Roldan, who got doused with a water bath, gave credit to the team's manager, Poli Flores.

"They were the best team because they worked the hardest," Flores said. "They're all really good kids."

Flores said he admired the play of the Brawley team and he said it was the toughest opponent of the year.

Madrigal said he had a lot of help from his teammates and pitching the shutout gave him a good feeling.

Of his teammates, Madrigal said: "They're a really good team."

Randy Robinson, sales manager for Robinson Ford and father of Trevor Robinson, the team's sponsor, said he was proud the Calexico club pulled off the victory.

"It's great for the team and it's great for the city," Robinson said. "They worked very hard all year long and the coaches did a great job. I've got to give the coaches a lot of credit."

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