Lion’s Tournament offers baseball action for Valley teams

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A Calipatria slugger takes off after connecting with the pitch
A Calipatria slugger takes off after connecting with the pitch

It was an action packed week of baseball as local Valley teams participated in various San Diego high school fields throughout the week in Lion’s Tournament play.

Southwest, Brawley, Central, Calipatria, Imperial, and Calexico each participated in differing divisions, traveling to San Diego for all games except one, the Calipatria High hornets visiting the Southwest High Eagles in opening tourney play in El Centro last Monday.

“Calipatria came out and played an outstanding game,” said southwest Head Coach Matt Redden.

In an extremely tight, defensive struggle the Southwest Eagles successfully ran a squeeze play to end the game in the bottom of the seventh to walk away with a close 1-0 victory to start the tournament.
“We talked about playing small ball here and it was an opportunity for us to play small ball,” Redden said of the game winning bunt.

With the win, the Southwest Eagles continued their Lion’s Tournament in San Diego the following day defeating Hoover High, 7-3, and Foothills Christian High the next afternoon, 6-1.

Southwest would next host Lincoln High, posting a 10-8 victory before dropping a matchup with Linfield Christian, 4-9, later on that afternoon.
Up next for the Eagles (10-3-1) will be a showdown with IVL rival Calexico High (6-6) who had their own Lion’s Tournament successes this past week. Calexico High defeated Oceanside, 14-5, in the first round, and Sweetwater High, 5-1, in the second, where they met San Diego High in the tournament semi final. They defeated San Diego High, 3-1, but fell, 5-1, to Sweetwater High later on in the afternoon.

With both teams riding waves of momentum, the Southwest Eagles and Calexico Bulldogs will meet in their opening IVL game which will be hosted by Southwest on April 5th with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.

“We’re looking to compete in league and after league see what we can do once we get into the playoffs,” said Redden of the teams early seasons goals.