HOLTVILLE – The Holtville Vikings (10-9) baseball team came to play Friday, hosting the Imperial Tigers (9-10-1) in a league game that ended in a 2-0 shutout.
Holtville opened up with good at-bats through the third inning. Andy Aguirre (#6) was the first of the team who made headway by hitting an RBI triple for Holtville’s first run. Up next for Holtville was Octavio Loya (#4), who scored Holtville’s second and final run of the game.
Throughout the rest of the game, Imperial struggled at the bat with no runs hit in.
Holtville’s pitcher Octavio Loya (4) finished the game with the help of his team that made the plays needed to hold the Tigers to zero.
Despite Imperial’s scoring slump, the defense really shined in Friday’s game by holding the Vikings at two runs. Kade Macias (#27) made a diving catch in the sixth inning for a double play. Despite the Tigers’ efforts, they were not able to bring in the runs due to Holtville making plays all around the field.
“Overall we played great,” said Cory Moreno, head coach for Holtville. “Defensively, we were solid and with our pitcher Octavio Loya, we were able to get the job done.”
“Offensively, we were solid as well, and this game is all about making adjustments and I feel our team did that and we were able to win this game,” Moreno added.
With this shutout, Holtville moved up in league ranking over the Tigers. The Vikings will travel to El Centro to play the Spartans for the next league game on May 3.[envira-gallery id=”76606″]