SUNBEAM LAKE — When the Brawley Padres Little League team lost 8-7 to the Holtville Braves in a District 22 inter-city major league tournament game last week, some of the Padres felt the loss was nothing more than an aberration.
In the championship game here Friday, Brawley proved the previous loss a fluke as it pounded Holtville 10-3 to claim the District 22 inter-city major league crown.
"That earlier loss to Holtville, we felt we gave that to them. We just had one of those bad games against them. But we came back and played the way we're capable of," said Padre manager Tom Brittain. "Everyone from top to bottom played a part in this win for us. Everything — defense, pitching, hitting — it was all just clicking for us. Even though we lost to them before, I think we showed that we were the better team."
Other than a three-run sixth inning by the Braves, Brawley had its way with Holtville by limiting it to only five hits through the first five innings and allowing no runs.