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Babe Ruth playoffs: Northend opens with 17-4 win

July 06, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — Heading into the Babe Ruth 13-year-old District 7 tournament here Thursday, the Northend all-star team had a feeling it could fare well. All it needed was a little boost in confidence.

Northend, which consists of players from Brawley and Calipatria, got its confidence booster as it pummeled El Centro 17-4, ending the game in six innings via the 10-run rule at Wiest Field early this morning.

"Coming into this game against El Centro we really didn't know what to expect," said Brawley manager Julia Baeza. "But getting this win and getting it the way we did really gives us more confidence for the rest of the tournament.

"This was a very exciting game. We have some pretty good talent on this team and they all played really well," said Baeza. "Even though it was getting late I really didn't think about that and neither did the kids. They continued to play hard and saved their best for last."


After scoring eight runs in the first five innings Brawley racked up nine runs in the sixth to put a definitive stamp on the victory.

Leading the Brawley offense, which scored runs in all six innings, were Baeza's son Justin and Michael Mohamed. Mohamed finished with four hits, three RBIs and two runs while Baeza reached base four times, knocked in three runs and reached home twice. Baeza picked up the win on the mound, pitching four innings and striking out five.

"Everybody on this team showed that we have heart. We stayed at it and didn't give up," said Justin Baeza. "We were still into the game in the last inning just like we were in it in the first inning."

Along with Justin Baeza's pitching, Julio Baeza credited relief pitcher Mitchell Amidon for preserving the win and helping limit El Centro's offense to five hits.

Still, it was the Brawley offense that was the difference. Brawley batters reached base 29 times on 15 hits, 10 walks and four errors.

"They're a really good team. They had great hitting and great pitching. Their pitching held us to only five hits, so you have to give them credit," said El Centro manager Steve Evangelist. "Our guys also made some crucial errors, which was a big difference. But we just have to put this game behind us and move on."

Evangelist's El Centro squad will move to the loser's bracket, where it will face Imperial at 6 tonight at Wiest Field.

In the tournament's early game Thursday, Imperial fell 5-4 to Sunset in eight innings. Sunset will take on Northend at 8:30 tonight at Wiest Field.

Down 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, Sunset, made up of players from Calexico and Holtville, scored three runs to steal the victory. Adam Avila scored the game-winning run on a Frank Lugo base hit.

Ernesto Sanchez led Sunset, going 3-for-4 with three steals and two runs. Avila earned the victory, pitching three innings.

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