COACHELLA — The Holtville High baseball team kicked off play in the Coachella Tournament here Monday by falling 8-5 to host team Coachella.
Holtville held a 5-2 lead entering the sixth inning but gave up six runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Taking the loss was Isac Mejia, who pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs, nine hits, walking four and striking out six. Jose Nuñez pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief, giving up a hit and striking out two.
Leading the Viking offense were Edward Castro and Eric Strahm, who both went 2-for-4. Castro finished with a run, an RBI and stole his first base of the year.
Holtville (6-4) returned to tournament action at 10 this morning, facing Calexico High at La Quinta.
Calexico 7, Desert Hot Springs 7
DESERT HOT SPRINGS — Calexico High's baseball team battled to a 7-7 tie against host Desert Hot Springs but lost in a total-base tie-breaker 22-21 in the opening round of the Coachella Tournament.