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Calexico kids are the champs

June 18, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

SEELEY — The Calexico Little League Indians came, saw and laid the aluminum to the opposition on its way to the District 22 inter-city minor league championship. The Indians wrapped up the title here Monday with a 9-1 victory over the Brawley White Sox.

"I was pretty confident about this game coming into it. We had our ace throwing and our guys had just been playing really well lately," said Calexico coach Gonzalo Roldan.

On the way to a second consecutive championship, the Indians finished undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going 4-0. The team outscored its opponents 48-5. The five runs Calexico gave up came at the hands of Brawley, which scored four Thursday.

"Coming into the tournament, I looked at all the other teams that were playing in it and I felt really good about our chances," said Roldan. "I saw all the teams and I didn't really feel we had any competition. I felt that way because I was just so confident in my team."


Roldan got a bit of a scare early in the game as Brawley jumped to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, which it held until the fourth.

Calexico tied in the fourth and ripped the game wide open in the fifth with six runs.

Leading the Indian offensive onslaught was Trevor Robinson, who tripled, hit a home run and scored twice.

"I really didn't expect to have this kind of game. I don't know why, I just didn't," said Robinson. "But I did expect us to win like this."

Calexico starting pitcher Esau Madrigal held Brawley in check, giving up one hit and striking out 12.

In the second Madrigal got in a bit of a jam as Brawley's Mathew Mariscal led off the frame with a triple. Mariscal later scored on a fielder's choice to make the score to 1-0.

From that point, Madrigal didn't allow a hit and struck out six of the final 12 batters.

"I really didn't feel any pressure when I was pitching. After they got that hit and scored that run, I just felt more relaxed," said Madrigal. "Knowing I had my defense to back me up and knowing we have a good team, I felt pretty confident."

Despite the score, Brawley starting pitcher Sean Cameron held his own, striking out six and allowing only three earned runs.

Cameron conceded had his team not made mistakes, the outcome may have been different.

"I think it probably would've been a lot closer if we didn't make those mistakes. And knowing that we made mistakes makes this a little more difficult," said Cameron.

Teammate Frankie Mendoza agreed with Cameron but gave credit to Calexico.

"They're a tough team. They hit the ball good and their pitcher was really tough," said Mendoza. "But even though we lost, I think we'll be back next year."

Brawley finished the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Added Brawley Little League President Rusty Garcia: "We're proud of our White Sox, but I thought they held their own against a very good team. They have nothing to be ashamed of and I thought them making it to the championship was a great accomplishment."

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