EL CENTRO – With scouts in attendance and waiting to be impressed, it was bound to be a remarkable baseball game as the Central High Spartans and San Ysidro Cougars went head to head on Saturday. And remarkable it was, with the Cougars asserting their dominance by winning in a landslide.
As the game started it seemed as though the teams were equally matched, with the first inning ending scoreless, 0-0. The Cougars quickly changed the pace of the game, however, scoring two runs in the second inning and four runs in the third, all while keeping the Spartans off the board.
At the top of the fourth, the Cougars’ bats exploded into life. With hit after hit, they eventually scored a total of 10 runs, bringing the score to 16-0. By the end of the fourth inning, the Spartans only managed one run and the Cougars secured a lead that essentially assured their win.
The pace slowed for the remainder of the game, with the Cougars confident with their lead. They allowed no more runs to the Spartans, and gained two more runs themselves. They brought the final score to 18-1, leaving no doubt that they deserved the win.
For San Ysidro, the player of the game was pitcher, Gilbert Suarez. Suarez threw five innings and only gave up one run while striking out seven batters. At the plate, Suarez had four hits as he went 5-4 with three singles, one double and four RBIs.
On Cougar offense, Andres Alvarez was behind Suarez, batting 5-4 with two RBIs and three runs. Next was Conrado Diaz, who hit 5-2 with two RBIs, two runs, and swatting the team’s only home run. Following Diaz was former Imperial resident Abraham Rodriguez who hit 5-2 with one RBI and two runs.
The Spartans and the Cougars continued to play again, making Saturday a double header for them. In similar style, the Cougars won again with the same score of 18-1.
The Spartans’ next game will be at home Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., while the Cougars will travel to Brawley next Saturday to face the Wildcats.[envira-gallery id=”55052″]