EL CENTRO – The El Centro All-Stars hosted Imperial July 6 for the third game of tournament play for some exciting baseball, where Imperial won in true comeback fashion with a final score of 17-7.
El Centro began the game at the plate with a big first inning, scoring two runs to take the lead early in the game. Erik Garcia (1) singled to the infield starting off the rally for his team. Following Garcia, Antonio Velez (24) smashed the ball into left field for a double, moving runners into scoring positions. El Centro’s Matthew Moreno (3) then stepped up to the plate with a big stick, hitting a hard fly ball to bring in his teammates. With Imperial fighting back on defense to end the inning, they kept the El Centro team at only two runs.
Imperial looked to decrease the deficit, and answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game up 2-2. Ryan Bonillas (10) led off for Imperial, hitting a solid triple. Following Bonillas up, Mario Jimenez (6) hit a double, scoring Bonillas and moving himself into scoring position. To finish off the inning, Ramon hit a speedy line drive up the middle for a triple, sending Jimenez in for the final run of the inning.
In the second inning, El Centro seemed eager to get back on top, and displayed their talent by scoring three more runs, breaking the tie. El Centro’s lead off hitter, Erik Garcia, displayed his heavy bat with a hard hit through the third base gap for a single, while Antonio Velez and Meloe Aguilera (10) placed the ball to move him across home plate.
Now behind by three, Imperial sent up Steven Shaw (28) who got a leadoff single for his team. Imperial then methodically went through their entire line up with a huge rally, scoring five runs to take the lead by the second inning. El Centro burned through pitchers in this inning, and was able to stop the bleeding only trailing by two.
Behind, El Centro led off with Andres Quiroz (13) who hit a solo home run to cut the loss in half. Jesse Del La Cruz (24) also hit a hard ball to center field for a double, bringing him into scoring position and Aguilera crushed a double of his own to right left field for an RBI, tying the game 7-7.
Moving all the way through to the sixth inning, Imperial stayed hot at the plate scoring 10 runs in the last three innings with everyone on the team hitting to end the game in the sixth inning 17-7. This win allowed Imperial to keep their undefeated ranking and secured a spot for them in the All-Star Championship that with be held in Imperial on Saturday, July 9.