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Hornets lose first league contest 10-4

April 06, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

CALIPATRIA — A rough week got even rougher Friday when Calipatria High's baseball team fell to the visiting Warner Wildcats 10-4.

Earlier a couple players had walked off the team and others missed practice. One starter wasn't truthful about why he missed practice and was benched for the game. Another showed up late for practice and did not start.

"We have to do some soul searching," Hornets coach Tom Cato said. "We need to sit down and figure out what we are going to do."


With some regulars out of the lineup, Calipatria went with a new look.

"We had four freshmen out there," coach Mike Dixon said, noting third baseman Eddie Suarez, right fielder Chris Gentry, left fielder Chris Flores and starting pitcher Dan Schiller all are ninth-graders seeing extensive varsity action for the first time.

"They're never going to learn or get any better unless we throw them to the lions," Dixon said.

Actually it was the Wildcats who taught the Hornet freshmen a thing or two.

Warner managed just five hits but took advantage of six Calipatria errors. The Hornet catcher and two pitchers also combined for seven wild pitches or passed balls, some of which helped Warner move runners into scoring positions.

Warner jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. The lead-off batter was walked and scored on a double to right field.

The second Wildcat run came off an error after a wild pitch put the player in scoring position.

Calipatria scored one run in the last half of the first when Johnny Fallavollita walked, stole second, took third on an error and came home on Andy Peralta's single up the middle.

Warner added four more runs in the second thanks to two errors, three passed balls and one bloop base hit to left.

The Hornets scored a second run in the fourth when Chris Flores reached base on an error and scored on Sergio Flores' base hit to left.

Calipatria added a third run in the fifth. Peralta came home on an error from third base.

Warner put the game out of reach with four more runs in the sixth. Two errors, two hits and two walks helped account for the runs.

Calipatria added its final run in the last half of the sixth. Sergio Flores singled down the left field line, stole second, stole third and came home on an error.

Flores finished with two hits. Peralta had a double and a single and Schiller singled.

Schiller went two innings, yielding two hits and three walks. He struck out three. Dan Sadberry pitched the final five innings, surrendering four runs on three hits and four walks. He fanned nine.

The loss was the first in Citrus League play for Calipatria (4-1).

Southwest 11, Francis Parker 9

Chuck Ainza played the role of hero for the Southwest High baseball team in El Centro on Saturday as a grand slam in the sixth inning helped Southwest get past Francis Parker, 11-9.

Along with his grand slam, Ainza picked up the win on the mound, throwing one and two-thirds innings, allowing an earned run, two hits and a walk.

Along with Ainza's grand slam in the sixth, Ricky Lopez belted a two-run bomb in the same inning.

For the game, Lopez had two runs and three RBI.

Southwest hosts Holtville at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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