Vikings notch first IVL win

March 24, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — The Holtville and Brawley Union high school softball teams looked to break into the win column in the Imperial Valley League on Friday after losing their league debuts.

Holtville beat Brawley 4-3 here, knocking the Wildcats to 0-2 in the IVL.

"Today was definitely a big win for us because Brawley is a good team. Any time you can come over here and win, it's a good thing," said Viking coach David Rodgers. "The first league win of the season is always a big one. Our girls played a good game and even when they were down they still fought back."

For Brawley the game was eerily similar to its loss to Southwest on Tuesday. In both games the Wildcats took leads in the early innings on errors, held a lead for a number of innings before committing a handful of errors, which the opposition took advantage of to win the game.


Down 2-1 after four innings, Holtville exploded with a three-run fifth inning. Abril Moctezuma scored on a fielder's choice. A single by Cindy Lopez scored Lauren Huyler and Regan Rothfleisch — who reached base on an error — to give the visitors a 4-2 lead.

Brawley responded in the bottom of the frame as Stephanie Murray scored on a Leighan Sudduth single to cut the lead to 4-3, which was as close as the Wildcats would get.

Keeping the Brawley bats in check was Huyler, who pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and striking out five.

"I thought we played pretty well today, but there's still a lot of things we need to work on, mostly fundamental things," said Huyler. "I felt pretty strong out there today. And our defense played a good game. I was proud of them. Defense is key, especially when you play a team like Brawley.

"Even when we got down, I knew that if we just went out there and did our best, anything could happen."

Brawley took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Reggie Horta and Sudduth scored on errors. Horta reached base on a walk and Sudduth reached on a bunt.

Holtville answered in the top of the second as Claudia Lopez, who got on base on an error, scored three batters later on another Wildcat miscue, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Lopez finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run and Huyler was 3-for-4 with a run.

Sudduth led the Brawley offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.

Murray took the loss, pitching a complete game, striking out two and giving up five hits.

"I thought Stephanie pitched a great game toda. She just didn't have the defense behind her to back her up," said Brawley Chris Velasco. "We've been committing a few errors, but I just think we're getting all the errors out of the way.

"For some reason, though, we're just not able to score more than three runs in a game," said Velasco. "We haven't gotten off to a good start, but there's still a lot of season left. I just think our team will put this week behind them and get ready for the next game."

Brawley (6-5 overall) competes in the Madison tournament in San Diego beginning Monday and Holtville (7-4) hosts Desert Christian at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Imperial at Palo Verde tournament

BLYTHE — The Imperial High softball team took second place in the Palo Verde tournament here Saturday after losing 7-1 to host team Palo Verde in the championship.

Lindsay Lugo took the loss for Imperial. Andrea Aguirre scored the team's only run. The Tigers committed six errors.

On Friday, Imperial lost its opener 8-2 to Palo Verde, with Lugo taking the loss. Amy Holtz finished with a double and scored two runs.

The Tigers then beat Coachella 9-0 Friday, led by Aguirre, who went 2-for-3 at the plate. Lugo earned the win.

In its first game Saturday, Imperial got past Calexico 2-0 to advance to the championship. Lugo got the win and Jenna Severe earned the save.

The Tigers (8-5) play at Calexico at 4:15 p.m. April 9.

Calexico at Palo Verde tournament

BLYTHE — The Calexico High softball team wrapped up play in the Palo Verde tournament here Saturday with a 10-7 victory over Yuma Catholic in eight innings

Calexico finished in third place in the tournament.

Marisol Cuevas picked up the win against Yuma Catholic, pitching five innings. She went 3-for-4 at the plate. Eliana Melendez finished 3-for-5.

Earlier Saturday, Calexico lost 2-0 to Imperial. Lindsay Lugo picked up the win for Imperial.

Taking the loss was Marisol Cuevas for Calexico (3-6). Cuevas, Blanca Patino and Jovanna Martel all recorded hits for the Bulldogs.

On Friday Calexico kicked off tournament play with an 11-1 victory over Palm Springs in six innings. Eileen Ronquillo earned the win and Cuevas notched the save for Calexico.

Linda Mendoza and Christina Rodriguez both went 2-for-3 and Carolina Castro finished 2-for-2.

In their second game the Bulldogs knocked off Monument Valley High of Flagstaff 5-2.

Cuevas pitched a complete game and picked up the win. Patina finished 2-for-3.

Carolina Castro went 4-for-8 for Calexico in the tourney.

The Bulldogs return to Blythe as they take on Palo Verde at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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