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Errors haunt Arabs in 8-5 defeat

February 05, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

The Imperial Valley College baseball team kicked off the year on as good a note as anyone would want, winning its first two contests.

But after an opening victory at the Arizona Western College tournament on Saturday, IVC stumbled in the second game, dropping its first contest of the year.

Monday, the Arabs looked to get back on track as they hosted Cochise College of Douglas, Ariz.

The hangover from Saturday's loss carried over to Monday as errors and walks haunted the Arabs (2-2) in an 8-5 loss.


What led to IVC's demise was a four-run second inning by Cochise in which it scored three runs off an Arab error.

"That one inning really hurt us," IVC coach Dave Drury said. "Defensively we made mistakes and just had some guys that weren't in the right position.

"We just really killed ourselves out there with our errors," he continued. "When they score three runs off our errors and you look at the final score being 8-5 … we don't make those mistakes, it's a different game."

While the Apaches jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second, IVC battled back, scoring once in the bottom of the second and two more in the fourth.

The Apaches, though, added two more in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead.

IVC scored a run in the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-5 heading into the ninth.

The Apaches increased their lead, adding two more runs in the top of the ninth. IVC was unable to muster anymore offense.

Leading the Arabs were Ryan Parker who went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run, and Alex Navarro, who finished 3-for-3 with three runs.

Even though the IVC offense did stick with the Apaches for most of the game, Navarro pointed to the team's hitting as its downfall.

"We just weren't in our groove and our bats weren't going today," said Navarro. "Our bats just weren't there for us and we ended up leaving a few guys on base. Before the game I thought it was a pretty good day and I really did expect everyone to hit, but we just didn't."

Added Drury: "On offense, we were able to score some runs, but we still have some guys that need to get on track. What we're really looking for is consistency. And I think there are a few guys that just need to hunker down."

IVC kicks off play in the San Gabriel Valley Classic against Compton on Thursday.

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