Calipatria destroys Vincent Memorial 18-9

May 12, 2002|By TIM YANNI

Sports Writer

CALEXICO — The Vincent Memorial High baseball team started another game on the right track, but errors and defensive struggles led to the Scots being destroyed by Calipatria High 18-9 in five innings here Friday as Vincent Memorial allowed the game to be called.

"The team really needs discipline," said Nick Santos, who started the game as a Scot outfielder.

"We started out really good," Santos said. "I bet we could have stayed good if we had more discipline."

Hornet coach Tom Cato said his team was impressed, but not intimidated, with the way the Scots opened a 3-0 lead, largely a result of a Julian Escalera two-run homer.

"Our kids were just trying to pass time," Cato explained, adding the game did not start until the umpire finally showed up over an hour late.


"After the second round of batting, we just started pounding the ball," Cato said in explaining how the Hornets bounced back to score 11 consecutive runs in the next two innings.

Cato said his team has struggled in the early innings of road games recently and he conceded for the Hornets to advance through the CIF playoffs that will have to change.

"We had guys hit the ball," Cato said. "We expected to win."

Cato commended Brett Lyerly, who went two-for-three for his squad, including a double in the second inning and a home run to start the fourth.

Daniel Sadberry, the starting Calipatria pitcher, gave up seven hits and struck out eight to get the win.

Federico Gomez took the loss after giving up six runs to start the second inning. Santos took his place midway through the inning.

"Calipatria is a good team," Santos said. "They're very focused and they're well coached.

"They're all just good hitters and they win because they're disciplined," Santos said.

Vincent Memorial will play at Midway Baptist in San Diego at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and Calipatria will play at Midway Baptist at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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