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Passed ball costs Vikings against Colts

March 10, 2002|By TIM YANNI

Special to this newspaper

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High baseball team kept Crawford High of San Diego scoreless for six innings, but a passed ball in the top of the final inning ended hopes of an upset as the Vikings fell 1-0.

"Give them all the credit they deserve," said Crawford coach Bob Warner of the Viking squad. "We were privileged to play them."

Warner congratulated Holtville for a great game and added he was impressed with the Vikings' defense.

Viking pitcher Edward Castro threw a two-hitter and struck out 10 while taking the loss for Holtville.

The Vikings, however, managed only two hits against Crawford's star pitcher, Josh Womak.

Warner said Womak is constantly being scouted by Division I college teams.

Castro gave up a hit to Dante Love to start the seventh.

Yukio Pinnock, who pinch ran for Love, advanced to second when Castro walked Brian Walkwiak. Pinnock then stole third and crossed the plate for the game's only run on the passed ball.

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Holtville couldn't convert in the bottom of the inning as Womak struck out Colt Snyder with one man on for the final out.

"We were lucky," Warner said, acknowledging Holtville's mistake with the passed ball. "Other than that, they deserved it."

Viking skipper Scott Anderson said he wasn't disappointed by the narrow defeat.

"I was proud of the way the boys played," Anderson said. "They came out and they played with a lot of pride today."

Anderson said he was proud of his team's defense and Castro's pitching.

"Edward (Castro) pitched really, really well today," Anderson said. "The location on his pitches was there most of the day."

Anderson said he was a bit emotional about letting the game go in the final inning.

"It's always tough to lose a game on a passed ball," Anderson said.

He added his team has greatly improved from seasons passed.

"The boys have come a long way," Anderson said. "I saw a lot of growth in them."

Anderson said his team had been reading about Womak's accomplishments and was eager to face him.

"They know that when you play baseball, anything can happen on any day," he said. "That's the whole reason we play the game."

He said as the tight game made its way into the final inning, the Vikings had "a little more pep in their step" and nerves got the better of them.

"I think you can attribute part of it to nerves," Anderson said.

"I think we're definitely on the right track," Anderson said.

He said the improvement is evident, particularly after last season's "big learning year."

For its next game Holtville will travel to Coachella for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Anderson is optimistic about the week off before the next pair of games.

"We've got a lot of things we can go over to prepare ourselves," Anderson said.

Brawley 11, Elsinore 7

LA QUINTA — The Brawley Union High baseball team won the consolation championship at the Desert Classic tournament here Saturday with an 11-7 win over Elsinore.

Chris Ramirez picked up the win, going four innings, giving up three earned runs and allowing five hits.

Brandon Burnett pitched three innings of relief, striking out four and giving up only one hit.

Leading the Brawley offense were Joel Aguirre, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs, and Andy Buckner, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a home run.

Matt Smith went 3-for-5 and Mitchell Ruiz finished 2-for-4 with two runs for Brawley.

On Friday, the Wildcats defeated Cajon 4-2 to advance to the consolation championship.

David Santana picked up the win, pitching four innings with one earned run, two hits allowed and four strikeouts.

Javier Calles picked up the save, throwing three innings with one earned run.

Jose Escutia hit a two-run home run in the game.

Santana made the all-tournament team, going 8-for-13 with seven RBI, five runs and a home run.

Brandon Burnett finished the with two home runs.

The Wildcats (3-1) play at 3 p.m. Monday at Monte Vista in Spring Valley.

Imperial 8, San Dieguito 7

IMPERIAL — The Imperial High baseball team continued play in the Patriot tournament with an 8-7 victory over San Dieguito here Saturday.

Eddie Martinez picked up the win on the mound for Imperial, pitching 3 2/3 innings of relief and giving up only one hit and striking out two.

Eric Ramirez went 3-for-3 for Imperial with a stolen base and two runs and Chris Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Imperial (2-2 overall) will continue Patriot tournament action at 3 p.m. Tuesday as it travels to play Horizon at La Jolla High School.

Central 6, Crawford 1

Central 10, Crawford 6

The Central Union High baseball team swept a double-header against Crawford High of San Diego in El Centro on Saturday, winning 6-1 and 10-6.

Leo Ibarra pitched four innings to pick up the win in game one for Central. Kevin Betz recorded a solo home run for the Spartans (3-0)

Enrique Lechuga earned the win in the second game for the Spartans, pitching a complete game.

Central will compete in the Cibola tournament in Yuma beginning Thursday.

Men's baseball

IVC 8, Palomar 4

The Imperial Valley College baseball team improved to 2-3 in the Pacific Coast Conference with an 8-4 victory over Palomar at IVC on Saturday.

George Rapp connected on a three-run home run for IVC and Jake Richter added a two-run shot. Richter finished 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.

Humberto Cardenas picked up the win for IVC, going 8 2/3 innings striking out eight.

The Arabs (7-12 overall) play at Grossmont College in El Cajon at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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