El Centro was in the same non-hitting predicament against Nuñez early on, except for a two-run single by Tyler Martin. Nuñez matched Meza's seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out five before giving way to Josh Patton.
Martin's RBIs in the top of the fourth frame gave El Centro what seemed like a comfortable 2-0 lead behind Meza. Even when Sunset broke through for a run in bottom of the fifth El Centro seemed unnerved. In the bottom of the sixth, Sunset's Adrian Corroles scored on an error to knot the game.
The game remained tied after the first two extra innings as McShan and Patton exchanged scoreless innings. Patton's fastball down the middle of the plate baffled El Centro's hitters the first time through the lineup, but after they saw it once they began to hit.
"The boys were really quiet," said El Centro coach Mario Meza, "especially in the 5-6-7 spots. They were due to come through and we knew if they started hitting the rest of our lineup could come through as well."
With one out in the 10th inning Gustavo Roman rapped his fourth hit, a double into centerfield, and No. 5 hitter Tyler Martin was hit by a pitch putting two runners on. Joe Vasquez, the No. 6 hitter, came through with an RBI single to give El Centro the lead 3-2.
"We really got on each other coming into the innings about concentrating and hitting the ball," said Vasquez. "We hit a couple early on and that got us going."
After Vasquez's second hit of the game, El Centro pushed across four more runs. McShan singled to drive in Martin and Vasquez and, following a walk to Jack Fleming, leadoff hitter Randy Andrews singled to score McShan. An error in the infield on the play also allowed Fleming to score for a 7-2 lead before Patton was able to stop the bleeding.
Sunset retaliated in the bottom of the frame by putting two runners on with one out, but McShan struck out the final two batters to close the game.
"It's an all-star tournament and we expect to play good games against good players," said coach Meza. "We expect good, close games the rest of the way, so I was very proud of the way the kids came through."
The victory puts El Centro back on the diamond tonight at 6 for a game against Northend, which is made up of players from Brawley, Calipatria and Westmorland. Sunset will have a day off before playing the loser of that game at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.