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Imperial blasts Brawley

June 22, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — Not enough can be said about the importance of a strong rapport between a pitcher and his catcher.

Imperial Braves' pitcher Brock Moore and catcher Spencer Drury proved that good chemistry can mean the difference in a game as they led Imperial to a 10-0 shutout victory over the Brawley Dodgers in five innings in the quarterfinals of the 11-12-year-old Little League inter-city team tournament here Thursday.

Moore tossed a complete game one-hitter, struck out 10 and was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Drury finished with three runs and was walked three times.

"We've been playing together since we were 8 years old so we know each other pretty well," said Drury. "I went up to the mound a few times and just tried to calm him down. One time when I went out there I told him a joke just to loosen him up."

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Said Moore: "Spencer did a real good job of catching. He really made things easier for me. He should get a lot of the credit for this game."

Imperial advanced to the semifinals, where it will face the Calexico Yankees at 5:30 today in Imperial.

Despite a shaky defensive warm-up, the Braves D kept the Dodgers in check. Imperial's bats were alive from the get-go, scoring three runs in the first and tacking on seven more in the fourth and fifth.

The Braves' Victor Martinez finished 2-for-3 with two runs and Ramon Medina was 1-for-1 with two runs, two steals and an RBI.

"We really had an off night and I think once we got down 3-0 our kids just gave up," said Brawley manager Tre Roper. "But give Imperial credit. They played a good game and just played better than us."

Brawley, which had a first-round bye, had been one of the favorites to win the double-elimination tournament.

"I really wanted to beat them. Brawley's always been a team that's been in our way," said Moore. "Before the game they were all loud, talking a lot and just all pumped up. So I just wanted to go out there and shut them down and shut them up."

The Dodgers will be back on the diamond at 7:30 tonight as they take on El Centro in Imperial.

"Coming into this game I knew we were facing a Goliath. Brawley's a good team and I really wasn't quite sure what to expect," said Imperial manager Alfred Moore, Brock's father. "I can't really say that I'm surprised we won, but I just figured that this would be a low-scoring game.

"This was a good win for us, but we still have to come back and play Calexico."

In another game Thursday night, the Calexico Yankees downed the Sunbeam Diamondbacks 5-0.

Jonathan Arrellano threw a complete game shutout and struck out 11 for the Yankees.

Sunbeam's Carlos Hernandez struck out seven.

Sunbeam will take on Holtville at 7:30 tonight.

The El Centro Orioles eliminated the Seaview Indians from the tournament with an 8-1 victory.

Leading El Centro were pitcher Mario Maldonado with 15 strikeouts and Jerry Acevedo going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

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