Hornet second baseman leads team to biggest win

March 26, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

For two years the Julian High baseball team had been a thorn in the side of Calipatria High.

No matter how good Calipatria's team was, it just couldn't knock off the perennial Citrus League power.

But Friday the Hornets, playing with one of their best teams in recent memory, got the monkey off their back as they knocked around Julian 12-4 to improve to 4-0 in the CL.

One of the stars of the game, who actually has been one of the stars all season, was Johnny Fallavollita, who recorded three hits, scored three runs and had two RBI in the victory. All that topped a three-hit performance he had in the team's 16-5 victory over Borrego Springs on Tuesday.

"Really, beating Julian meant a lot to us. I think that was probably our biggest win so far. I know that's the biggest win I've had since I've been playing here," said the 17-year-old junior second baseman. "I think just getting that win was big for us because they're supposed to be the top team in league.


"I think going into that game they might have underestimated us because we weren't really as good as we wanted to be last year," he said. "But we were ready for that. I think everyone on the team was just pumped up for it because it was Julian and because they were the team to beat. I know I was pretty nervous about that game all day, but I was ready for it."

After taking out the league's top team, Calipatria automatically moves into first place. With that comes the pressure of being targeted by everyone else in the league.

"I know that there's going to be teams that want to beat us and knock us off, especially Julian, but I think we're ready for that," said Fallavollita. "I think right now this team is exactly where it wants to be. Everybody's hitting and stopping everything on defense.

"That Julian game was big for us. It was a big win. But that game's done with. Now we just have to get ready for whoever we play next."

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