Freshman pitcher leads Vikes

March 06, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — In only his second appearance as a high school pitcher, Holtville High freshman Jose Nuñez shut down the Vincent Memorial offense here Tuesday in an 8-1 Viking victory.

Nuñez, making his first high school start, held Vincent to six hits and struck out nine in helping the Vikings improve to 3-0 on the season.

"I felt pretty good out there. My curve wasn't working too good for me, but that's just something I need to work on," said the 14-year-old Nuñez. "Even though it was my first start, I didn't feel any pressure at all."

While he may not have felt pressure, he did put himself in some tense situations in the early going, allowing runners to get in scoring position in each of the first four innings.


Showing his composure, he didn't let the runners phase him and didn't allow a run until the fifth inning.

"I thought Jose did a good job out there today, especially because it was only his second outing," said Holtville coach Scott Anderson. "I was pretty happy with what he did. I thought this was a good time to get him some work. And with him pitching, it gave some of our other pitchers a little more rest."

Nuñez was helped by his offense, which scored eight runs on eight hits.

While the Vikings may have knocked around Vincent pitcher Federico Gomez for eight hits, Holtville cashed in mostly on three Scots errors from the second and fourth innings. In that stretch the Vikings scored seven runs, including three in both the second and fourth frames.

Scoring Holtville's first run was Billy Huyler, who reached home on a Josh Angulo triple in the second. Angulo added another run on a Colt Snyder double. Snyder added the third run of the frame on a Vincent error. Huyler tacked on another run in the third, giving the Vikings a 4-0 lead.

With Snyder and Adan Mejia on second and third in the fourth inning, Edward Castro connected on a triple, upping the lead to 6-0. Castro added another run in the inning on a Gomez wild pitch to give Holtville a 7-0 advantage.

"Errors like that are always going to lose games for you," said Vincent coach Chava Macias. "We're still a young team and we're going to make mistakes like that, but we just have to keep working and take it day by day."

After Leonardo Gomez scored on a Richie Del Rio double for the Scots in the fifth, Holtville added to its lead with a J.B. Borchard run in the sixth to close the scoring at 8-1.

"It's still early in the season and we've got a lot of work to do, but I was happy with what our boys did today," said Anderson. "We haven't been hitting the way we'd like to and we've been getting in little grooves, but hopefully with a game like this, our bats will start to come alive."

The Scots (0-1 overall) will play at West Shores at 3:30 p.m. Thursday while the Vikings (3-0 overall) will host Crawford at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Madison 3, Imperial 0

SAN DIEGO — The Imperial High baseball team was held to two hits in its 3-0 loss to Madison in the Patriot tournament here Tuesday.

Recording the two hits for Imperial were Dillon Foster and D.J. Hastings.

Hastings took the loss on the mound, going six innings and giving up three earned runs, six hits and striking out three.

The Tigers (1-2 overall) will play at La Jolla Country Day at 3 p.m. Thursday in Patriot tournament action.

Hemet 13, Brawley 9

INDIO — The Brawley Union High baseball team lost its season opener 13-9 to Hemet in the Palm Desert tournament here Tuesday.

Brawley scored all nine of its runs on 14 hits while Hemet scored six runs on seven hits and had seven unearned runs off Brawley balks and hit batters.

Javier Calles pitched three innings for the Wildcats, giving up four earned runs, two unearned runs, four hits and four walks.

Chris Ramirez pitched two innings of relief for Brawley, giving up three earned runs, three unearned runs, one hit and a walk.

David Santana closed the pitching for the Wildcats by throwing two innings and giving up two hits, a walk and no earned runs.

Santana went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Brandon Burnett finished 2-for-4 with five RBI, including a three-run home run. Andy Buckner went 2-for-3 with three runs for the Wildcats.

Brawley (0-1) will continue tournament action at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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