EL CAJON — The Imperial High baseball team gave it everything it had but came up short in a game that was much closer than the score indicated as it fell 10-3 to Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach in the CIF San Diego Section Division IV quarterfinal here Saturday.
"It was a great ball game," said Imperial coach William Estes. "That's a top team and we played them tough."
The Tigers ended their season with a 15-12 record (14-10 regular season, 6-6 Imperial Valley League), and Estes said he is proud of his team for pulling off such a good year.
Imperial's Eddie Martinez started at pitcher and gave up nine hits.
Imperial's misfortune came at the hands of some key Eagle plays, including a Brian Wheatland sacrifice fly and a Nick Perretta two-run double that gave Santa Fe Christian a 4-0 lead in the second inning.
The lead was extended to 6-1 in the fourth when Martinez walked Steve Sanchez and David Sanchez with the bases loaded before Andrew Meyer grounded out to end the inning.