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Imperial to vie with Calexico for Little League title

June 27, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — Before the major league Little League District 22 team tournament began, members of the Imperial Braves called their shot.

They said they would win it all. One player even said the Braves would go undefeated.

Well, Imperial is one win from backing up its bold words as it faces the Calexico Yankees at 7:30 tonight in the championship game of the tournament in Imperial.

Tonight's game will be the second match-up between the teams after Imperial downed Calexico 11-8 Friday.

"Calexico's a good team, but if we play our game, we'll be in good shape," said Imperial manager Alfred Moore. "We know we're in the driver's seat and we just have to take advantage of it."

Moore's squad only needs one win to earn the championship, but should Calexico get a victory tonight the squads will hook up again Thursday to decide the champion.


"We want to get this over with. We don't want to give Calexico any confidence," said Moore.

Taking the mound for Imperial will be Moore's son Brock, who pitched a complete-game one-hitter and struck out 10 in a victory over Brawley last week.

If anybody would be feeling any pressure it would be Brock Moore.

"There is a little pressure because I've never gotten to this point before. This is one of the biggest games I've played in. And since this is my last time playing Little League, I want to make it my best," said the 12-year-old Moore. "Before every game I get nervous, but once I get in that dugout it all goes away."

If Moore or anyone else on the team has been nervous it hasn't shown. Before edging Calexico, Imperial hammered Holtville and Brawley, downing both early via the 10-run rule. It was after the win over Calexico, though, that Brock Moore said he felt more confidence in the entire team's performance.

Braves' players enter tonight's game knowing it will be a different situation.

"This is a totally different game," said Spencer Drury. "Calexico's a good team, but so are we. Anything can happen."

Added Victor Martinez: "They have some good pitching and we're ready for their best and we're ready for anything. We're going to try our best and I think we have a good chance of winning this game."

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