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Brawley Babe Ruth bats explode in the fourth inning to erase a 7-point deficit. Brawley went on to beat Calexico 14-11

June 28, 2002|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer
  • Stephen Dominguez of the Brawley 13-year-old Babe Ruth Mariners pitches during a game against the Calexico Dodgers during the inter-city tournament on Thursday. Brawley won 14-11. DON THOMPSON PHOTO

BRAWLEY — The Brawley 13-year-old Babe Ruth Mariners battled back from a 9-2 deficit to stay alive in the District 7 double-elimination inter-city tournament, topping the Calexico Babe Ruth Dodgers 14-11 here Thursday.

"It was a tough one," said Brawley coach Hugo Dominguez. "We let it get away in the beginning, but we fought back."

Calexico's Jonathan Arellano hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth and Daniel Flores tacked on a run in the same inning to make the score 9-2.

However, in the bottom of the fourth, Brawley took over the game, scoring five runs to pull within 9-7 before taking the lead in the fifth.

Mariner Stephen Dominguez drove in Kyle Cameron with a single, and Pedro Rosales scored on a fielder's choice to tie the game in the fifth.


Brawley's Barrick Armstrong then scored on a throwing error by the left fielder and Stephen Dominguez scored on a fielder's choice to bring the score to 11-9 with no outs.

Adam Duran scored on a shortstop error and John Carrill scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead 13-9 before Calexico's Arellano struck out the final two Mariner batters to end the inning.

"They made a few errors and we capitalized on it," Hugo Dominguez said. "That's the second time we've been down."

He added his squad was down against El Centro on Wednesday. While the team rallied it could not pull off the win.

"The kids are all pumped right now," Dominguez said. "If things go our way, we can at least be in contention for the championship."

Dominguez said his team is ready for the next round.

"Hopefully we can improve our streak," he said. "We're still fighting it."

Dominguez added cooler temperatures Thursday night and breezy conditions may have helped the team to win.

"When it starts cooling off, they start to play a little bit better," Dominguez said.

Of the Calexico squad, Dominguez said: "They're a good team. We'll see them next year."

Brawley will next face El Centro Dodgers — which lost to Imperial Dodgers 15-0 on Thursday — at 7 tonight at Weist Field in Brawley to determine who will face Imperial in the championship game Saturday.

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