IMPERIAL — A botched potential double play in the bottom of the seventh inning was all it took for the Imperial 14-15-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars to snap a tie and beat the Brawley all-stars 6-5 during the District 7 inter-city tournament here Wednesday.
With Imperial leading 5-3 in the top of the seventh, Brawley's Daniel Gaxiola knocked a base hit to drive in Julian Escalera and Chris Flores to tie the score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Imperial pitcher Eddie Martinez walked, subsequently advancing to third. After Matt Lopez hit a shot back to the pitcher that might have been a double play, Brawley's catcher dropped the ball, allowing Martinez to score and end the game.
Martinez also got the win on the mound, pitching through the fourth inning and returning for the seventh. He notched seven strikeouts and allowed five runs, three of which were earned.