imperial rolls to lopsided win

March 14, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

IMPERIAL — Imperial High's softball team proved to be too much for visiting Calipatria on Wednesday, winning 22-1 in a game called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

"In softball you need good pitching and good defense," Calipatria coach J.J. Jackson said. "We didn't have either."

"Pitching is the key in softball," said Imperial coach Kim Witte. "You can have a great offensive team but if your pitching is only average, your team is going to be only average."

Imperial received stellar pitching from Lindsay Lugo. She struck out the first seven batters she faced. She ended up yielding just one hit and one walk. She also hit a batter.


While the Hornets struggled at the plate, they did get better as the game progressed. After the initial string of strikeouts, Calipatria batters started making contact, striking out once the rest of the game.

Imperial batters, meanwhile, showed patience at the plate. While the Tigers did collect 11 hits, they walked 14 times off two Calipatria hurlers. Two others were hit by pitches and none struck out.

Imperial scored four runs in the first inning. The first four batters drew bases on balls and one. Anica Roche scored the first run on a passed ball.

Amy Holtz also scored on a passed ball, Melanie Medina drove in a run with an infield base hit to the hole at shortstop and Victoria Mazon scored when the Calipatria catcher threw to second base on a steal.

The Tigers added seven more runs in the second. Samantha Culp led off with a double to left field and Andrea Aguirre singled to left. Culp then scored on an overthrow.

Lugo singled in a run, Mazon doubled to left to score two runs, Stephanie Ortega lofted a sacrifice fly to center that scored a run, Medina singled to left to drive in a run and Culp capped the rally with her second hit of the inning, a bloop single to left that scored Imperial's 11th run.

The Tigers batted around again in the fourth, scoring 11 more runs. Aguirre tripled to center to drive in two runs.

Ortega drove in a run with an infield hit, Medina drove in a run with a fly out to shallow left and Culp drove in a run with an infield hit.

Bases-loaded walks accounted for four of the runs and two more scored off errors.

Calipatria scored its lone run in the fourth. With two outs Lillia Humble walked, Gracie Palazuelos was hit by a pitch and Alma Moreno blooped a single to right field that scored Humble.

Imperial (3-2) competes Saturday in the Montgomery Tournament. Calipatria (1-3) hosts Calvary Christian at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Boys golf

Brawley 167, Coachella Valley 170

Michael Quick carded a 39 Wednesday to lead Brawley Union High's boys golf team to a 167-170 win over visiting Coachella Valley.

Ryan Mamer shot 40 and Jeff Kramer and Adam Schmitt both carded 44.

Brawley travels to Palm Desert for a match 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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