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Amidon leads Northend to championship

July 10, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Last week, during the District 7 13-year-old Babe Ruth tournament, Northend's Mitchell Amidon spent most of his time lying in the weeds, waiting for a moment to step up.

Maybe affecting his bat was the pressure of batting cleanup for his squad. But before Sunday's games against Sunset — made up of players from Calexico and Holtville — Amidon was moved from the four spot to sixth in the lineup.

With no pressure of performing Amidon busted out of his slump, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two triples, four runs and five RBIs in the two games against Sunset helping Northend — made up of players from Brawley and Calipatria — claim the 13-year-old championship.

Northend and Sunset played two games, with Sunset taking the first contest 10-7 before Northend wrapped up the title with a 9-7 win in game two. The squads also played in the second round of the tournament with Northend coming out on top.


"For some reason we really didn't seem to want it that bad in the first game," said the 13-year-old Amidon of Brawley. "But coach (Julio Baeza) talked to us and said we had to hustle and just hit better in the second game.

"We all got pretty pumped up for that second game. I know I really wanted it bad, but I didn't expect to do as well as I did," said Amidon. "That was the third time we were playing them in the tournament and I kind of had a feeling that I could go off like I did."

Not only did Amidon come through with his bat, but with a runner on base in the sixth inning of the second game he recorded the game's final out, catching a pop fly by Sunset's Joe Niebla to end the contest and secure the championship.

But it was his bat that his father and assistant coach James Amidon said was the difference.

"He had been a big hitter throughout the season and we were kind of waiting for him to do something during the tournament," said James Amidon. "Mitchell really loves to hit and he takes it very seriously. He's always out there putting in the work just trying to get better. Even though he struggled early in the tournament I wasn't surprised at all with how well he did. What he did in the last two games was kind of what we had hoped for."

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