U8 Angels fall to San Luis Rio Colorado in opener
The U8 Yuma Angels had an incredible comeback come up just short.
Trailing by seven runs in extra innings to the San Luis Rio Colorado Aguilas, the Angels rallied back, brought the tying run to the plate but lost 7-4 in the first game of the Cecil Fielder Elite World Series Saturday at Yuma Catholic.
Both teams had great pitching and defense for most of the game and the game went into extra innings with a 0-0 tie. Angels' starting pitcher Luis Peralta struck out the side in the first inning but got into some trouble in the second.
The Aguilas led off the inning with a single and a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out. However, Peralta escaped the jam by forcing the next batter to line out to first baseman Blake Avila and struck out the following two batters.
“He did great. They didn't score any runs off him in the first three innings, so we're proud as heck of him,” Angels coach Tim Avila said. “We had some really dicey situations ... and he got us out of it. He kept his composure and his focus.”
In three innings of work, Peralta allowed two hits but struck out seven.
The Angels' big chance to score came in the bottom of the fifth. With the clock running down, Gibran Garcia hit a one-out single but was thrown out trying to steal second. Issac Araiza followed by hitting a double to left field and stealing third base to put the winning run on third with two outs. However, the Aguilas' pitcher came up with a clutch strikeout to end the inning.
“That was huge. One run is all you need to win the game,” Avila said.
The bases were loaded to start extra innings and the Aguilas eventually scored seven runs in the top of the sixth. However, the Angels bounced back and Blake Avila opened up the bottom of the sixth with an RBI walk. Two batters later, Vryan Olivarria made it 7-3 with an two-run single and Pablo Garcia scored Avila with an RBI single of his own.
However, the Aguilas shut the door by striking out the final two Angel batters to secure the win.
“At least they didn't give up, that's the thing,” Tim Avila said about the win. “The kids have a lot of heart, so they knew they'd have their chance.”
Today, the Angels will play the So Cal Bombers at 5 p.m. and Buzitos Mexicali at 6:55 p.m. Both games will be at Yuma Catholic. The U6 Yuma Cardinals will play the SGV Hustle at 8:25 a.m. and the So Cal Outlaws at 9:40 a.m. at Kennedy Park. The U7 Angels play the Bakersfield Bullets at 5 p.m. and the So Cal Prospects at 8:30 p.m. and Sanguinetti Field.
Results from the games can be found at thebaseballlegends.com.
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