vincent stumbles to 14-4- loss

March 21, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

CALEXICO — Talk about a Jekyl and Hyde performance.

One day after knocking off defending Citrus League champ Julian 10-5, Vincent Memorial High's baseball team stumbled to a 14-4 loss Wednesday to Mountain Empire in a game called after six innings.

"I hate losing like this," Scots pitcher Nick Santos said.

Vincent played its best game of the season in beating Julian and then played its worst game against the Red Hawks.

"We were just flat," Vincent coach Chava Macias said.

Mountain Empire took advantage of three Vincent errors in the second inning to score seven runs. The Red Hawks also were aided by a triple, two doubles and a single.


"It's hard to come back when you're down 7-0," Macias said.

It's also hard to play catch-up when the defense commits eight errors in the game.

The Scots did threaten to climb back into the game in the third inning when they scored three runs. Jose Cano got aboard on an error and a passed ball moved him to second. Michael Gamboa then singled to left and stole second base. A walk to Santos loaded the bases.

Chris Del Rio followed with a double to left that drove in two runs and Richie Del Rio grounded to shortstop to score the third.

Two more Scots errors and a single gave Mountain Empire an eighth run in the fourth frame. Three straight base hits produced two runs in the fifth and an error drove in an 11th run.

Vincent scored a fourth run in the fifth inning when Gamboa singled down the left field line, stole second, moved to third in a passed call and came home on Chris Del Rio's single to left.

Mountain Empire put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth. A double and single figured in the scoring, as did three errors.

Typical of Vincent's struggles was the way the Red Hawks scored their last two runs.

With a runner at second Josh Strominger singled up the middle. The Vincent outfielder overthrew home plate as one run scored on the error. The Scots' catcher then tried to nail Strominger at third, only to overthrow the bag and allow Strominger to score.

"Maybe they were still up" from beating Julian," Macias said, unable to come up with answers why the Scots could play so well one day and struggle the next.

Gamboa led Vincent's six-hit effort, collecting singles in his first three at-bats. Chris Del Rio had two doubles and drove in three runs, while Santos added the other Scot hit.

Patrick Carroll went four-for-four for Mountain Empire with a triple and a double.

Vincent (4-2 overall, 3-1 league) is off until it faces Warner in Calexico on April 2.

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