SEELEY— The Imperial Little League Padres bounced back from a 5-1 second-inning deficit to beat the Seaview Little League Dodgers 13-6 here Wednesday.
Imperial advanced in the losers' bracket of the District 22 inter-city minor league tournament. Brawley beat Imperial in the opening round of the double-elimination tourney.
"Our backs were against the wall," said Padre coach Alvaro Ortega of losing the first game of the tournament. "The kids had to come out and play, and they played hard."
Ortega said the victory was the result of a good all-around effort from the entire Padre squad.
"Michael Antunez pitched five strong innings," Ortega said. "All the kids' bats came alive."
Ortega said error-free baseball helped his team through Wednesday's game and he is looking forward to the next round.
"We're still here for tomorrow," Ortega said. "That's what this tournament is all about.
"The kids have worked hard all season," he said. "The parents have been real supportive."