LA JOLLA — New CIF San Diego Section rules in this year's baseball playoffs give schools a second chance through double-elimination.
The Holtville High baseball team used up its second chance Thursday, losing 6-3 in Division IV action to the Bishop's School here.
"Our bats kind of went flat," said Holtville coach Scott Anderson. "That pitcher (Antonio Perez) kept us off balance and we just weren't driving the ball. We were making a lot of contact but slapping everything. We gave them a run early. The errors hurt. They had a couple of more balls fall in and we didn't."
The Vikings were down 1-0 early but rallied in the second inning.
Holtville's Adan Mejia got on base with a single and was followed on the bags by Jarrett Hilfiker, who walked. Billy Huyler ripped a single to drive in Mejia and Hilfiker came in later in the inning on a fielder's choice, giving the Vikings a 2-1 advantage.