IMPERIAL – With the field surrounded by cheering fans, the Imperial 11- and 12-year-old All Stars hosted Fletcher Hills Saturday for the first round of the San Diego section tournament. Although both teams displayed their skills at the plate as well as in the field, Imperial won, coming out on top with a final score of 10-5.
Imperial started strong in the first inning, scoring four runs. Leading off, Ryan Bonillas (10) took advantage of the Fletcher Hills’ wild pitching, getting on base with a walk. Brian Martin (2) was next to take advantage with another walk. With runners on first and second, Xavier Soto (40) landed Imperial’s first hit of the night with a single to load the bases.
Jaylin Fitzpatrick (4) connected with the ball sending it deep in the outfield for a two run RBI and getting himself a double. With runners on first and third, David Cornejo (21) hit a speedy line drive to left center field for a triple and scored two runs for his team.
Ending Imperial’s half of the inning, Fletcher Hills snagged a final out to end the damage, bringing them to the plate for the first time. With Imperial’s Xavier Soto (40) on the mound, Fletcher Hills struggled to find the ball with a scoreless inning.
In the fourth inning, Imperial connected with the ball again, scoring two more runs with Bonillas (10) and Soto (40) crossing the plate again to add to their team’s lead.
With Fletcher Hills eager to get back in the game, Ben Haar (3) got on base with a leadoff double to start his team off. Easton Phillips (5) was next to connect with the ball, getting a double to score Haar (3) for Fletcher Hills’ first run.
Imperial came ready to play in the fifth inning, and continued their hitting streak, scoring three runs to further the lead. Fitzpatrick (4), Cornejo (21), and Carson Hutchinson (99) all crossed the plate, bringing the score up to 9-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Fletcher Hills stepped up to the plate with heavy bats, leading off with Justin Brown (31) who jump started his team with a home run. Imperial’s pitching walked the next three runs making the score 9-5 heading into the sixth inning.
With Imperial at their last at bat, they succeeded by scoring one run to make the score 10-5. Fletcher Hills snagged three outs, earning a trip to the plate in the sixth inning, and attempted to come back one last time.
With the crowd getting rowdy, Imperial shut out Fletcher Hills ending the game with a final score of 10-5.[envira-gallery id=”81045″]