Coming off a 5-1 loss to Palo Verde on Friday, the Central Union High baseball team bounced back with an 11-2 thumping of Imperial in El Centro to remain tied for first place in the Imperial Valley League.
Javier Vasquez led the Central offense, going 2-for-3 with three runs and two stolen bases. Raul Cazarez was 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Mario Gastelum was 1-for-2 with two RBI for Central. Enrique Lechuga was 1-for-2 with two runs for the Spartans (7-2 IVL).
Leo Ibarra was the winning pitcher, going six innings, walking four and striking out two. Kevin Betz pitched an inning of relief for Central.
"Considering the place we're in and after that loss on Friday, we needed to come on strong today," said Central coach Dave Middleton. "We had a really good practice on Monday and I was feeling pretty good about our team after that.