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Huyler holds Bulldogs in check

May 08, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

CALEXICO — Coming off a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Southwest on Friday, the Holtville High softball team could have packed in the rest of the season.

Instead, knowing it could still have something to play for, whether it was an Imperial Valley League championship or a playoff berth, Holtville got back on track and handed Calexico High its ninth IVL loss of the season, winning 4-0 here Tuesday.

"I was happy that our girls bounced back from that last game. It was a little difficult, but our girls decided that they weren't going to give up and that they were going to keep coming," said Viking coach David Rodgers. "I think we learned from what we did last week and just put it behind us."

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Unlike Friday's loss, Holtville was able to close the game after taking a lead.

After her team provided a 3-0 cushion in the top of the third inning, Viking pitcher Lauren Huyler took over the game.

From the third inning on, Huyler allowed her only two hits and recorded 10 of her 13 strikeouts.

"I was feeling pretty strong today. I was finally able to get over what I did in that Brawley game and pitched a lot better than I did Friday," said Huyler, who pitched 13 innings and struck out 15 in her team's 2-1 victory over Brawley on April 30. "Coming into this game, we were all just ready to play. We put that last game behind us and were ready for this."

The win improved Holtville to 6-4 in IVL and gives it sole possession of second place behind Palo Verde and Southwest, both 7-2. The Bulldogs fell to 1-9 in league.

Leading the Viking offense were Michelle Strahm, who went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI, and Huyler and Myra Medel, both with two hits.

In the third, with Huyler and Marisela Valenzuela on base, Strahm came through with a triple, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead. With Strahm on third, Jessica Young hit a single to give Holtville a 3-0 advantage after three.

After doubling to lead off the seventh, Josie Silva scored the Vikings' fourth run of the game, reaching home on a Bulldog error.

Marisol Cuevas took the loss for Calexico, giving up 10 hits. She had a single at the plate.

"They have a tough team. And I told the girls before the game that if we wanted to have a chance, we'd have to play perfect ball," said Bulldog coach Raul Martinez. "They were very aggressive and were hitting the ball well and they got key hits when they needed to. That was the difference."

Holtville will host Central at 4:15 p.m. Thursday and Calexico will host Southwest at 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Imperial 5, Central 0

IMPERIAL — The Imperial High softball team improved to 5-5 in the Imperial Valley League with a 5-0 victory over Central Union High here Tuesday.

Lindsay Lugo picked up the win on the mound and went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run for the Tigers.

Melanie Medina and Stephanie Ortega both finished 1-for-3 with two runs.

Nicky Carrion took the loss for Central (4-5).

Imperial hosts Brawley at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Palo Verde 1, Brawley 0

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Union High softball team lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Imperial Valley League leader Palo Verde here Tuesday.

Palo Verde moves into a first-place tie with Southwest in the IVL with a 7-2 mark while Brawley fell to 3-6 in league.

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