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Brawley gets another shot at Calexico

June 16, 2002|By TIM YANNI

Sports Writer

SUNBEAM LAKE — The Brawley Little League White Sox took advantage of errors and passed balls of their District 22 minor league inter-city semifinal game against the Imperial Little League Padres to storm into the final round with a 13-4 victory.

"It feels good," said Brawley coach Oscar Suarez Sr. "Our kids played good. They had good offense."

He added he and manager Santos Lopez are glad to be in the final, where they have another shot at Calexico.

The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Imperial stumbled with three costly errors.


Imperial actually looked quite evenly matched with Brawley. It just couldn't get any bounces until the fourth when Gabriel Delgado scored on a passed ball to pull the score to 10-2. A Jesse Marquez single scored Cassandra Guizar to cut the lead to 10-3.

But Brawley continued to pile on runs in the fifth as Oscar Suarez Jr. drove in Charlie Stephens and Sean Cameron and later scored on a Matt Mariscal sacrifice to establish a 13-4 final score.

"I won't take anything away from Imperial," Suarez Sr. said. "Any given day, they could have beat us."

Imperial coach Alvaro Ortega said he was proud of his team for making it as far as it did.

"It was a good experience," Ortega said. "We have a good team."

He said coaching errors on his part may have led to the mishap in the third inning, but he conceded Brawley played the better game.

"That's not taking anything away from Brawley," Ortega said. ‘That's a good hitting team."

Ortega said he plans on having his team make its mark again next year, possibly even advancing farther.

"We'll be back," Ortega said. "You haven't seen the last of the Padres."

Oscar Suarez Sr. said he is optimistic about the opportunity at another chance to top Calexico, noting his team had some letdowns in the two teams' previous meeting.

"We made a lot of mistakes when we played Calexico," he said.

Suarez and Lopez said they realize the difficulty of defeating a team two games in a row, which the White Sox must do to win the double-elimination tournament over an undefeated Calexico club.

"It's kind of hard winning back-to-back games, but we're going to try," Suarez said.

Oscar Suarez Jr., who had four RBI against Imperial, said he is looking forward to the final round.

"Now that we know how they play, I think we might be able to beat them," Suarez Jr. said.

Game 1 of the possible two-game final between Brawley and Calexico will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Sunbeam Lake's field No. 1.

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