"These guys are battling," said Hornet head coach Tom Cato of Thursday's game. "We got in a hole. When they got up, we made some errors. When we lose, that is usually why. We just have some breakdowns in our fielding. We hit the ball well. We hit the ball very well. These guys, they stroke the ball consistently."
The Hornets split their two games with Midway Baptist, with Calipatria winning 13-12 in extra innings earlier this season.
Thursday's action started on a promising note for the Hornets as they went up 3-0 in the first inning but the wheels quickly came off. The Patriots rallied back, scoring six runs in the third en route to going up by as much as 12-4. Calipatria tried to rally, but still came up short.
The Hornets' starting pitcher, Daniel Sadberry, had a rough time, giving up nine hits in 3 1/3 innings while striking out three.
"Daniel was just having trouble on the mound today," Cato said. "Most of the year he's pitched really good for us. His last two outings, maybe he's been getting a little bit tired. We've been throwing him every week."
Calipatria received contributions from Vontray Taylor, who logged two hits and an RBI while scoring twice, and Andy Peralta, who had two hits, an RBI and crossed the plate twice.
Zeth Oats pitched 5 1/3 innings for Midway Baptist, striking out four while allowing 11 hits.
Richard Acevedo had three hits for the Patriots, driving in two and scoring four times. Teammate Anthony Medina drove in four runs on two hits and scored a run.
The loss was a lot different than the win the Hornets enjoyed over the Patriots earlier this year.
"Their pitching fell apart (last time)," Cato said. "We attacked their pitcher last time. This one, he went the distance. We had seen him before. He hung in and they got their outs. You've gotta hit the ball and score when you do."
Next up, the Hornets hope, are the Division IV playoffs.
"I think our pitching has done us pretty well," Cato said. "We need to work on our bats and fielding. You can't make errors in the playoffs. You're going to have to cut down defensive mistakes."