IMPERIAL — The Imperial 14-15-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars led Holtville 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Imperial closer Eddie Martinez took the mound.
But it wasn't Martinez's pitching that got him the save and his team a first-round victory in the first Division 7 inter-city tournament here Tuesday. Instead it was Martinez tagging out Holtville all-star Bucky Durant at home plate.
"It feels pretty good," Martinez said. "It feels good getting the save."
Durant tried to steal home to tie the game on a passed ball.
Imperial had to stave off Holtville, which always seemed to be either leading or threatening.
Holtville went up 3-0 in the second before Imperial's J.R. Antunez and Martinez scored on a Max Ortega single in the third to pull the score to 3-2.
Durant, however, increased his team's lead when he got an RBI in the bottom of the third after being walked with bases loaded. Matthew Bentley crossed home plate, making the score 4-2.