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Imperial notches big victory

April 04, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

SAN DIEGO — It will be interesting to see what Imperial High's baseball team does for an encore.

The Tigers played a near-flawless game Wednesday, knocking off Francis Parker 9-1.

"In my three years here this is probably one of our biggest wins," Imperial coach William Estes said.

Francis Parker is the defending CIF San Diego Section Division IV champion and with most of its players back from last season, it is one of the section's top squads this spring.

"This was a great win for our program," Estes said.

As if beating Francis Parker wasn't enough, the Tigers (7-6) must turn around and try to beat another Division IV powerhouse. Santa Fe Christian comes to Imperial for a game at 7 tonight.

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Aaron Hartsock had a banner day against Francis Parker. He picked up the win before he was pulled in the fourth.

"He got hit on his throwing hand during an at-bat," Estes said. "Otherwise he would have pitched a complete game."

Hartsock tried to pitch in the fourth but three walks quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Estes replaced Hartsock with Eddie Martinez.

Martinez struck out the first batter and then got the next to ground into a double play.

Martinez finished the game on the hill, allowing two hits, two walks and two strikeouts in three innings before the game was called in the sixth inning because of darkness. Hartsock yielded an unearned run in his three frames. He surrendered one hit and struck out four.

Hartsock also went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs. Chris Cabrera had two hits, including a double, for Imperial. Both were opposite-field hits as he drove outside pitches. Eric Ramirez also had two hits as the Tigers finished with 10.

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