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Brawley, Calexico go to semis

June 12, 2002|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

SEELEY — Down 8-3 after the second inning, the Brawley Little League White Sox fought back and held off the Sunbeam Padres 16-11 in the second round of the District 22 inter-city minor league tournament here Tuesday.

"We're excited," said Brawley coach Oscar Suarez. "We were down. We came back."

Suarez said he is proud his team pulled off the victory, especially after Sunbeam fought its way back into the game three times.

"Sunbeam is a strong team," Suarez said. "They've got strong pitching and strong defense. We'll probably see them again."

Suarez said he was proud of the effort his team showed, including taking a 2-0 lead in the first, bouncing from behind to take an 11-8 lead in the fifth, and finally scoring five runs in the sixth to seal the victory after Sunbeam tied the game at 11 in the bottom of the fifth.

"Our kids showed heart," Suarez said, adding he was impressed with the pitching from both teams.


Suarez said the 8-3 deficit did not faze his team because it has been in similar situations.

"In the playoffs we have come back," Suarez explained.

He said hitting was crucial as all his batters managed to reach base.

"Everybody was hitting today," Suarez said.

He especially commended Ramon Nuno, who hit a triple, a double and an in-the-park home run; Oscar Suarez Jr., who hit three doubles; and Shane Davis, who reached base three times on singles.

However, Suarez insisted winning is not the reason his team plays the game.

"We're here for the kids to have fun," Suarez said. "They're just getting ready for the future."

In the evening's other game, the Calexico Little League Indians' Esau Madrigal pitched a no-hitter to lead his team to an 11-0 victory over the Seaview Little League Dodgers in four innings.

"My pitcher was very strong," said Calexico coach Gonzalo Roldan.

Roldan added good hitting from Jeremy Roldan, Alex Miralda, Omar Neblina and Trevor Robinson aided his team's cause.

"The pitcher took control of the game and my batters responded with the bats," Roldan said.

Seaview coach Bobby Fierro said his team did not come out with the fire he had hoped they would have.

"We just came out really flat," Fierro said. "They weren't ready today."

Fierro said Calexico's team is well-coached and he was impressed with Madrigal's pitching.

"Our batters were taking cuts at it, but they just couldn't connect," Fierro said.

Calexico and Brawley advance in the winners' bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will face off in the next round.

"I have a lot of confidence in my team," Roldan said.

Suarez said he is confident as well and is expecting a good game.

"It all depends on the pitching," Suarez said. "Whoever has the strongest pitching staff will win in that game."

The two will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

In the losers' bracket, Seaview will take on Imperial on field No. 1 and Sunbeam will face El Centro on field No. 3. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 tonight at Sunbeam.

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