BRAWLEY — After a close loss to Northend on Friday, Sunset came back and defeated El Centro 8-3 here Saturday to set up an opportunity for redemption in the championship game of the District 7 13-year-old Babe Ruth tournament.
Sunset, made up of players from Holtville and Calexico, used five shutout innings from starting pitcher Frank Lugo to gain a 7-0 lead before earning the victory and setting up a rematch with Northend at 6 tonight. Lugo yielded just five hits in his span of innings and struck out three.
"I felt I was pitching my best out there," said Lugo, who also had two hits and three RBI. "I was just throwing strikes and let my defense work for me and they helped me out a lot. I think we worked good as a team tonight and we all played well."
El Centro starter Julian Arballo was cruising along with Lugo through the game's first four innings but was lifted in favor of Stevie Armendariz for the fifth frame. Armendariz allowed two of the first three runners to get on base. With one out, three straight El Centro errors allowed Sunset to break the game open.