Imperial out of Little League playoffs

July 23, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

SPRING VALLEY — After breezing through the District 22 tournament without a loss, the Imperial 11-12-year-old Little League all-star team dropped its second consecutive game in a 4-2 loss to Valley de Oro in the Section 8 regional tournament here Sunday to end its season.

"I'm proud of the kids," said Imperial coach Alfred Moore. "The kids fought hard and tough. They just got outplayed tonight."

John Aguilar took the win for Valley de Oro while Michael Nisperos took the loss.

Imperial opened the top of the first inning as two runs when Gabriel Item smacked a double and Spencer Drury hit a single.

Item scored on an error and Drury crossed the plate when Nisperos drove him in on a ground out.

Aguilar hit a home run in the bottom of the inning to pull Valley de Oro to within one.

In the fourth, Valley de Oro took command when Spencer Reed was driven in by Taylor Wohlwend and Aguilar was plated by Bryce Johnson on a single.


In the fifth, Scott Meyer hit a single and scored on a wild pitch and Valley de Oro went up 4-2.

"They hit the ball when they had to," said Moore. "They're a great team."

Moore said he was not disappointed with his team's elimination from the tournament and said he was pleased with Nisperos' pitching and the fielding of Drury and Item, among others.

"I thought our kids hit the ball well tonight. I thought that we would hold them," Moore said, adding he felt comfortable with his team's one-run lead that lasted through the first four innings.

"It's been a great season," Moore said. "It's been a long season, but I wouldn't trade it."

He said that he could sense a sadness from his team's nine 12-year-olds, who had just completed their final Little League game, but he is optimistic for their futures in baseball.

"I hope they keep playing all the way through high school and even through college," Moore said "Some of these guys I've had since T-ball and I'm kind of sad to see them go."

Moore added he appreciates the support his team has received from the city of Imperial and the Imperial Valley in general.

"I'm thankful to the support of the Imperial Valley," Moore said, adding many supporters from outside of Imperial made the drive to Spring Valley to see his team play.

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