Valley advances to semi-finals

August 04, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — The Imperial Valley all-star team pounded Concord 15-5 to advance to the semi-finals of the 2001 16-and-under Pacific Southwest softball regional tournament at Legion Park here Saturday.

Blanca Patino led the Valley offense with four RBIs and two hits.

Stephanie Murray and Martha Ramirez each had two hits for the Valley. Ramirez also added an RBI.

Andrea Thompson struck out two batters and earned the win for the Valley.

Hawaii 10, Valley 0

CALEXICO — Heading into their second game of the 2001 16-and-under Pacific Southwest softball regional tournament, everything had seemingly come together for the Imperial Valley all-star team.

The Valley all-star squad dismissed any doubts about a lack of offense after its 11-1 pummeling of Westside from Phoenix on Thursday, with the team looking to continue its output against the Pearl City all-stars from Hawaii on Friday.


That scoring tear would soon come to an end after the Valley's offense shot blanks, losing 10-0 to Pearl City in the second round of the tournament at Legion Park here Friday.

Not only did Pearl City end the game after six innings via the 10-run rule, but it held the Valley to no hits.

"Hawaii's a really good team and they showed it. But before the game and during it, I think our girls were a little intimidated because Hawaii is the defending (tournament) champion," said Valley coach Alex Peralta. "You could kind of see it in some of our girls, especially when they were batting.

"But you have to give credit to their pitcher. She did a really good job and our girls didn't adjust to her," he added.

Pearl City's starting pitcher, Miki Asamura, pitched five innings, allowed no hits and struck out eight batters, including five of the first six she faced.

"Our bats just weren't in it. And that was the difference," Peralta said. "If we expect to win we have to get our bats going."

If one thing did go right for the Valley team it was its defense, which only committed one error. Unfortunately, that error came in the sixth inning and allowed a run to score, sparking a four-run frame by Pearl City, including the game-winning RBIs by Tricia Arneson.

Pearl City's slaughter of the Valley all-stars started early after the Hawaiian team scored four runs in the bottom of the first led by a two-RBI triple from Lindsay Fujita.

"I think before the game our girls were a little antsy because this was our first game of the tournament," said Pearl City coach Merv Asamura, whose team drew a first-round bye. "We saw them play Thursday and knew they had a good team. So we knew we would be in for a battle.

"I felt that our pitching would keep us in this game and it did. This was a good win for us and I was really happy with how our team played."

Taking the loss for the Valley was Linsay Lugo, who gave up 10 hits, nine earned runs, walked four and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings pitched.

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