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Calipatria gets past Calvary 5-3

March 16, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

CALIPATRIA — Calipatria High's baseball team used some timely hits as well as some smart base running Friday to slip past Calvary Christian 5-3.

"I like the fact we're taking risks on the base paths," Hornets coach Tom Cato said. "We're laying down bunts. We're doing hit-and-runs."

That helped Calipatria push across a couple of runs by putting runners in scoring positions.

The Hornets wasted little time scoring as they came up with one run in the first inning. Johnny Fallavolita beat out a one-out bunt for a base hit, taking a chance by laying it down with two strikes against him.

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Fallavolita then promptly stole second base. He advanced to third on Andy Paralta's ground out and scored on a fielding error by the Calvary second baseman.

Calvary tied the game in the top of the fourth off a walk, a bunt single, a balk and an infield single into the hole at shortstop. Calipatria broke the deadlock with two runs in the last half of the fourth.

Brett Lyerly led off by reaching first on an error and Hector Maciel followed with a walk. A wild pitch advanced both runners.

Ezequiel Navarro followed with a single up the middle to score Lyerly. Maciel came home moments later on Mike Sadberry's infield single that deflected off the pitcher's glove.

The Hornets added a fourth run in the fifth. Fallavolita got aboard on an error and moved to second on Peralta's sacrifice bunt.

Fallavolita advanced to third on a wide pickoff attempt that sailed into center field and then scored off a balk.

Calvary made it interesting in the late innings. The Lions scored two runs in the sixth to close to within 4-3.

A one-out triple to left field and a bloop single produced one of the runs. After a walk and double steal Calvary had runners at second and third.

The next batter singled to left to drive in a run, but the trailing base runner was picked off between third and home.

Calipatria got out of the inning when the next batter popped out to the catcher.

The Hornets added an insurance fifth run in the last half of the sixth. With two outs, Sadberry singled to left. A balk put him a second, a wild pitch moved him to third and another wild pitch allowed him to come home.

Calvary threatened again in the seventh when the first two batters walked.

One out later a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position, but relief pitcher Sadberry got the next two batters to ground out to end the game.

Navarro and Mike Sadberry both had two hits and Fallavolita and Daniel Sadberry each added one.

Peralta went five and one-third innings for Calipatria, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks. He struck out six. Mike Sadberry yielded one hit and three walks while fanning one.

One day after the win Calipatria fell to Yuma Catholic 7-3. The Hornets were stung by five errors in the field.

Calipatria (2-2) plays at 3:15 p.m. Monday at Borrego.

YUMA — The Central Union High baseball team wrapped up play in the Cibola tournament with a 1-0 loss to Sunny Side of Tucson here Saturday.

Taking the loss was Mario Gastellum pitching a complete game, giving up one earned run, four hits and striking out eight.

On Friday, Central recorded a 6-5 victory over Chaparral of Las Vegas.Picking up the win on the mound for Central was Enrique Lechuga going two and one-third innings.

Leading the Spartan offense were Mario Gastellum going 2-for-3 with an RBI and Danny Villa going 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Central (6-1) hosts Calexico at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Southwest at Cibola tournament

YUMA — The Southwest High baseball team wrapped up play in the Cibola tournament here Saturday, splitting two games with Coconino of Flagstaff and Yuma High.

Southwest beat Coconino 11-1 to start the day with Cesar Buso picking up the win on the mound, going five innings and striking out five.

Sal Arballo led the Eagle offense, going 2-for-3 with two triples. Alex Caldera finished 2-for-3 with a triple

In the second game, Southwest (5-5 overall) lost to Yuma 11-8.

Jack Flemming went 2-for-3 with three RBI on a bases-loaded triple.

Lopez finished 3-for-3 with two runs and Caldera and Danny Miranda each finished with two hits for Southwest.

On Friday, Southwest was shut out 10-0 in six innings by Las Vegas in Cibola tournament action here Friday.

Taking the loss for Southwest was Joey Clayton giving up five earned runs, seven hits and walking one.

Brian Martinez, Brandon Armendariz and Ricky Lopez recorded the Eagles' three hits.

The Eagles (5-5) play at Brawley at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Imperial 9, La Jolla Country Day 8

LA JOLLA — The Imperial High baseball team improved to 4-3 on the season with a 9-8 victory over La Jolla Country Day in the Patriot tournament finale here Saturday.

Chris Cabrera went five and two-thirds innings, allowing five earned runs, five hits and striking out four on his way to the win.

Aaron Hartsock picked up the save giving up only one hit and no earned runs.

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