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wildcats rally for victory

February 28, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

BRAWLEY — It wasn't even a regular season game that counts on the record.

While Brawley Union High's baseball team rallied to beat Coachella Valley 6-4 on Wednesday, the triumph could prove costly.

Both Dominic Aguirre and Curtis Smith limped to the dugout with injuries.

"Both came into the game with tender hamstrings," Wildcats coach Pedro Carranza said, and both suffered hamstring injuries a few minutes apart.

"They are a key ingredient to our team's success," Carranza said, adding he did not know how long either would be out. "What hurts more is this was just a scrimmage."


If some good came out of the contest it was that Brawley rallied without Aguirre and Smith after falling behind 4-0.

The Wildcats got one of the runs back in the bottom of the second inning, when both Aguirre and Smith were hurt. Smith led off the inning by getting aboard on an error when the ball went through the Arab first baseman's legs. Smith pulled a hamstring while running to first.

One out later Aguirre hammered a double to the fence in right center field that scored the Wildcats' first run. Aguirre easily could have made it to third base except he went down with his injury between first and second. He crawled to the bag at second before leaving the game.

Brawley picked up a second run in the third inning. Andy Buckner led off with a walk, advanced into scoring position on Brandon Burnett ground out, and scored on Matt Smith's single to left.

The Wildcats tied the game in the fifth. Joel Aguirre led off with a walk and one out later Buckner also walked. Burnett followed with a single to right field that scored Aguirre.

Buckner came home on an error when the right fielder's throw to the plate sailed out of play.

The Wildcats broke the 4-4 stalemate in the sixth. Javier Calles got aboard after being hit by a pitch and Mitchell Ruiz reached base on an error. Two outs later a passed ball advanced both runners.

Both came home on Buckner's single to left field.

Calles opened on the mound and worked five innings, allowing the four runs on four hits and three walks. David Santana and Chris Ramirez both hurled one inning of hitless ball.

Brawley plays again at noon Saturday at Mount Miguel High in Spring Valley.

Holtville 7, Antelope 1

WELTON, Ariz. — Edward Castro pitched and hit Holtville High's baseball team to a 7-1 win Wednesday over host Antelope High.

Castro pitched five innings of one-hit ball. He struck out 11 and walked one. Castro also went four-for-four with four doubles.

Holtville next plays at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Calipatria.

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