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GMC ROUNDUP: Braves give Hornets playoff preview




EastCountySports.com staff report


SAN DIEGO – The El Cajon Valley Braves let the Lincoln Hornets know they will be a championship contender come playoff time on Thursday afternoon.

The Braves just missed knocking off the top team in the section’s Division V, as the Hornets scored five runs in the second inning and held on for a 6-5 victory at the Grossmont-Metro-City Tournament.

The game ended on an infield liner with the bases chock full of Braves.

El Cajon Valley got off to a hot start thanks to a bases-clearing triple by ROBERT VERDUGO with two out in the top of the first inning to really get the dugout going, as the rally included a couple of hit batsmen.

Lincoln scored on a single in the first inning, then swung the momentum in its own direction with the big second inning, as the Hornets scored all of their runs with two outs following an error.

But credit the Braves and junior starter GREG SANCHEZ for settling in for the long haul. His four shutout innings kept ECV in the contest.

Sanchez was tagged for just one unearned run in his final line.

The job by the junior allowed the Braves to get back in the game with a pair of runs in the fifth.

Braves junior PAULO MICHEL tripled to center, scoring junior AARON RODRIGUEZ (single) with one out.

Verdugo followed with a sacrifice fly to right.

In the El Cajon Valley seventh, Rodriguez singled with one out, then Verdugo got a base hit to center with two down.

A balk moved the tying run 90-feet away then junior PAUL LAZALDE reached on catcher’s interference, loading the bases.

Sanchez lined out to third for the final out.

El Cajon Valley fell to 4-4, while the Hornets improved to 9-3.


MATER DEI CATHOLIC 15, MOUNT MIGUEL 3 РThe Matadors made a mid-game charge on the Crusaders nearly erasing a 4-0 deficit but ran out of gas in the late innings at the GMC Tournament.

After Mater Dei scored four in the first, Mount Miguel picked up a run in the third and two more in the top of the fourth. All of the runs were the result of errors.

The Crusaders made up for their fielding woes by racking up six runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Mount Miguel junior CAMERON BEAUZEC had a hand in much of the offensive production, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Matador senior RUBEN PRECIADO-TEJEDA drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.

Junior RICARDO PARTIDA added an RBI for Mount Miguel (3-9).


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