Local Glane: Mar. 8
Irving Lopez pitched five quality innings for Gila Ridge, but the Hawks had a costly error in the sixth and fell to Southwest 2-1 in the first day of the Cibola baseball tournament at Ray Kroc Complex on Thursday.
Lopez left in the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1, scattering five hits and striking out two while not allowing a walk.
The Hawks had chances to score in the final two innings but couldn't take advantage. Michael Sapp led off the sixth with a single but couldn't score and Bobby Mena hit a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh. Mena moved to third base on a groundout, but ended up stranded 90-feet away.
“I know they can swing the bats, we just got to grow up real quick and start to execute,” Gila Ridge coach Greg Osowski said.
In other games from the round robin tournament, San Luis beat Brawley 15-10, El Centro-Southwest beat Yuma High 9-8 and Brawley beat Kofa 7-1. Calexico lost a pair of games 11-1 to Cibola and San Luis.
Yuma and Las Vegas-El Dorado were still playing at presstime.
Antelope falls to Phoenix Christian
The Rams surrendered four home runs and lost 13-4 at Phoenix Christian on Thursday.
“They hit the ball,” Antelope coach Cody Pelfrey said about Phoenix Christian. “Today was just their day to hit.”
Crims roll in opener
Yuma High made quick work of Del Sol, beating them 8-0 after four innings in the first day of pool play at the Colorado River Invitational.
Isabel Villalobos pitched all four innings, striking out eight while not allowing a hit.
“She threw really solid for us,” Yuma High coach Liz Huyck said.
On offense, Linda Ontiveros went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Alicia Stephens went 2 for 2 with a double and Allison Vega hit a two-run triple.
Kings fall in opener
Kofa managed just three hits and surrendered nine runs in the first two innings to Yucaipa (Calif.) Thursday in its first game at the Mohave Tournament of Champions, losing 9-0.