Calexico Bulldogs come from behind, defeating Southwest Eagles 9-8

Mario Garcia (#11) rounds third base for a clear shot at home plate.

EL CENTRO — The Southwest Eagles boys’ baseball hosted the Calexico Bulldogs in a game Friday where the Bulldogs staged a successful comeback late in the game, defeating the Eagles, 9-8.

The Eagles dominated in the first three innings with a six-run lead and held the Bulldogs to zero.

With the Bulldogs at bat in the top of the fourth, Angel Cano (#9) hit a single, after beating out the throw from the Eagles shortstop. The next Bulldog hitter, Joanthony Galaviz (#13), crushed the ball to deep right field past the right fielder as it then bounced for a ground roll double. With both Bulldog runners in scoring position, Eagles pitcher Ethan Ross (#22) threw one past his catcher giving Cano his chance to bolt for home. Cano slid and beat the throw, giving the Bulldogs their first run of the game.

Keeping the rally alive, Mario Garcia hit a fly ball to left field for an RBI double, making the score 6-2. Finally ending the inning, the Eagles threw out Garcia on a steal attempt, and ended the Bulldogs’ scoring for the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Eagles’ Andy Carrillo (#13) started off the inning with a walk to first. Up next, Logan Shell (#19) got on base with a single, pushing Carrillo to second. In the clean-up batter position, Derek Guzman (#31) made contact for a short fly to right field, giving Carrillo time to come around the bases and close out the inning with a score of 7-2 for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs’ Steve Torres (#2) hit a hard grounder to the shortstop for a single at the top of the fifth, but found an extra base on Abbas’ throw to first. Up next, Cano kept his bat hot, hitting a line drive to shortstop for a single. With runners at first and second, Galaviz made contact, sending the ball to shallow left, giving Torres enough time to come around and score, making the score 7-3. With runners in scoring position, Garcia stepped back up to the plate and slugged for a hard-hit double after sitting on a breaking ball for a 2-run RBI that brought the score to 7-5 to close out the inning.

With the Eagles up to bat in the bottom of the fifth, Southwest successfully brought in one run with Victor Velarde (#20) stealing home and giving the Eagles a three-point lead, with a score of 8-5.

As the game headed into the top of sixth, the Bulldogs found themselves back in the ball game with a lead off ground roll double by Luis Garcia (#5). Following the ground roll double, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with a walk and hit by pitch. Up next, Torres hit a hard ball on the ground to shortstop, and gave Garcia time to come in for a run. On the next pitch, Galaviz hit a hard grounder to shortstop that got by, allowing two runs to come in and tie the game at eight.

Following the Eagles’ failure to bring in a run in the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs came back to the plate in the top of the seventh and keep their rally alive with one run giving them their first lead of the game with a score of 9-8. No runs came in during the Eagles’ final at-bat, and the game went to the Bulldogs with a final score of 9-8.