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Hornets remain atop Citrus

March 24, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

CALIPATRIA — Calipatria High's baseball team ended a few seasons of futility Friday afternoon in a big way.

The Hornets capitalized on sterling defense and timely hitting and base running to stun visiting Julian 12-4.

"It's been five years since we've beaten them," Calipatria coach Mike Dixon noted.

The Hornets maintained their hold on first place in the Citrus League with a 4-0 record.

Before the game Dixon noted Julian is tough to score against, and both teams like to use hit-and-runs, steals and bunts to advance runners.

Calipatria made all the right moves in those areas while Julian did not. Twice the Hornets turned double plays as first baseman Brett Lyerly fired the ball across the infield to throw out a lead runner at third base.


"Brett was awesome today," Dixon observed.

Third baseman Mike Sadberry made a couple outstanding plays, including fielding a bunt on the dead run and throwing out the runner at first. Catcher Hector Maciel also threw out a runner trying to steal second.

Lyerly was a big hit at the plate, going 3-for-3 and getting a walk in his final at-bat. One of his hits was a two-run double off the fence in straightaway center field. He drove in a third run with a single.

"I've had a really good week," Lyerly said, noting against Borrego Springs four days earlier he tripled and singled. "I'm just really seeing the ball good."

Johnny Fallovolita also had three hits for Calipatria, which collected 14 off four Julian hurlers.

Daniel Sadberry, meanwhile, went the distance for Calipatria, scattering seven hits. He walked six and struck out three.

"Daniel has really improved," Dixon said.

Last season Sadberry was a power pitcher and this season he has developed a breaking ball. Not only does he have a hard curve but he has a slow one to keep batters off-balance.

Calipatria wasted little time going after Julian as the Hornets scored solo runs in the first and second innings.

Fallovolita singled with one out in the first and scored on Lyerly's two-out single to left.

Vontray Taylor walked with two outs in the second, moved into scoring position on Daniel Sadberry's single to left and scored on Sergio Flores' double to left center.

Aggressive at the plate, Lyerly's and Flores' run-scoring hits both came on the first pitch they saw.

The Eagles made it 2-1 with a run in the third off an infield hit and a double to left center.

Calipatria put the game out of reach with seven runs in the fourth. Mike Sadberry got aboard with an infield hit and Taylor beat out a bunt. Daniel Sadberry then walked to load the bases.

Flores drew a base on balls on four pitches to force in a run. Fallovolita followed with a single to right center to drive in two runs.

Lyerly then lined his double off the center field fence, swinging at the first pitch to drive in two runs. Zeke Navarro drove in a run with a single up the middle and Taylor drew a bases-loaded walk to score the final run of the inning.

Julian scored three runs in the fifth to make the score 9-4. A walk, a double and an infield single loaded the bases. Another base hit scored a run, a walk scored another and a grounder drove in the last one.

Calipatria capped the scoring with three runs in the last half of the fifth. Fallovolita singled to center, Andy Peralta singled down the right field line and Lyerly walked to load the bases.

Maciel singled up the middle on the first pitch to drive in two runs while the final run came home on an error.

Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit for Calipatria. In addition to the three hits each from Fallovolita and Lyerly, the Hornets received two from Peralta, a double from Flores, and singles from Maciel, Navarro, Mike Sadberry, Taylor and Daniel Sadberry.

Calipatria (4-2 overall) plays at 3:15 p.m. April 2 at Mountain Empire.

Brawley 12, Holtville 1

HOLTVILLE — The Brawley Union High baseball team improved to 2-0 in the Imperial Valley League with a 12-1 victory over Holtville here Friday.

David Santana led the Brawley offense with three RBI. Chris Ramirez picked up the win on the mound for the Wildcats (6-1).

Brawley plays St. Augustine in San Diego on Monday on the first day of the Lions Tournament. The Vikings (5-3, 1-1) host Desert Christian at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Southwest 4, Imperial 2

Sal Arballo and Alex Caldera combined for five hits to lead Southwest High to a 4-2 win over Imperial in Imperial Valley League action in El Centro on Friday.

Arballo finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and Caldera was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Southwest (6-6, 1-1)

Cesar Buzo picked up the win, pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up no runs, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Eddie Martinez took the loss for Imperial (4-5, 0-2) going 4 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs, four hits and walking four.

Both teams compete in the Lions Tournament in San Diego beginning Monday.

Palo Verde 12, Calexico 9

CALEXICO — The Calexico High baseball team lost a 12-9 marathon to Palo Verde in Imperial Valley League play here Friday.

Leading the Calexico offense were Albert Garcia, who went 2-for-3 with two runs, Vicente Vasquez with a hit and two runs and Damien Lopez with a triple and two runs.

Carlos Ortiz took the loss for the Bulldogs (6-3, 0-2).

Calexico will compete in the Lions Tournament in San Diego starting Monday.

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