EL CENTRO â€“ The Southwest Eagles finished strong with a win against High Tech SD in a playoff game in the first round of CIF on May 24 scoring two runs in the first inning to set the tone for the game.
High Tech SD answered back with a run Â hit in by Zachary Smith (#21) in the second inning to cut the Eagles’ lead in half.
However, Southwest continued to connect with the ball in the third inning when Gilbert Desilagua (#20) hit a single to right field. Desilagua advanced to second and moved into scoring position, following Justyn Amaya’s (#22) hard grounder to third for a single. Closing the inning, the Eagle’s Sergio Montano (#28) slugged a speedy line drive up the middle to score Desilagua and added to their lead.
The fifth inning saw both teams in a slump with minimal hits until High Techâ€™s Jakob Rosen (#24) hit a line drive up the middle of the field for a single and ran into scoring position with an overthrown ball. Zachary Smith (#21) came to the plate for his fourth experience of the night, where he flied out to second base, and Rosen read the play and managed to cross the plate to bring the score to 3-2 Eagles.
In the sixth inning, Southwest came to the plate with heavy bats and scored three three runs off three hits. First up was Miguel Rodriguez (#10) who was hit by a pitch, then Gio Camerena (#21) slugged a hard line drive to right field for a single. Andy Carrillo (#13) stepped up to demonstrate his skills with a monster hit to right center for a two RBI triple and sealed the deal for his team. Carrillo then stole home on the next pitch after a wild throw, making the score 6-2, Eagles.
High Tech SD finished the seventh inning with one run to make the score 6-3, Eagles.
SouthwestÂ finished with the win, advancing toÂ the next round where they met up with the Sweetwater Red Devils on the road, for the second round of CIF play on May 25. The Eagles lost in extra innings by one point make the final score of this game 2-1, Red Devils. Both Sweetwater and Southwest scored one run in the first inning to tie the game. The tie was not broken until the ninth inning when Sweetwater got a rally going to end the game.
Southwest moves on to play Chula Vista on May 27Â at home for round three of CIF playoffs.[envira-gallery id=”78151″]