SAN DIEGO — A day after playing hero for the Holtville High baseball team with a game-winning hit, Colt Snyder took the mound in his team's CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoff game against No. 2 Marian Catholic here Tuesday.
Snyder's magic ran out as he lasted only two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss as Holtville was clobbered 22-3 in five innings in the first round of the playoffs.
Marian (21-8) did its damage early, scoring 17 runs in the first two innings.
"They were the best team I've seen all year. It was like playing a minor league team," said Viking coach Scott Anderson, whose team finished 8-14 overall and 3-9 in the Imperial Valley League. "But hopefully we can come back Thursday and Saturday and get another shot at them with our ace on the mound."
The ace Anderson referred to was Edward Castro, who picked up the win in the team's 1-0 win over Calvin Christian on Monday. Because pitchers are only allowed to pitch 10 innings a week, according to CIF rules, if the Vikings were to win their next two games, they possibly could rematch Marian on Tuesday.