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4/23/2014 4:03:00 PM
Baseball wins two, at Grandview Saturday
Photo by Erik Pague Alix Garcia jacks a RBI double in game one against the visiting West Valley-Yakima.
Photo by Erik Pague
Alix Garcia jacks a RBI double in game one against the visiting West Valley-Yakima.
Photo by Erik Pague Adrian Garza (No. 2) is congratulated by on deck hitter Josiah Peterson (No. 21) in game one against the Rams.
Photo by Erik Pague
Adrian Garza (No. 2) is congratulated by on deck hitter Josiah Peterson (No. 21) in game one against the Rams.
The great thing about baseball is that, statistically, anything is possible the more chances a team gets.
After a four-game conference slide, the Huskies started an all-but-brief winning streak of their own with a 13-3 win at Prosser, Thursday, April 8, followed by a game one, 7-4 win over West Valley two days later.
Game two ended a small streak when four West Valley runs in the top of the seventh gave the Rams a 9-5 win.
Head coach Larry Gonzalez feels great moving forward.
Finishing up their March 28 rain out at Prosser that was postponed in the first inning with a 6-0 Othello lead, Melvin Garza quickly made it 7-0 on way to the 10-run win.
"We were able to keep things going and able to get hits with runners on," Gonzalez said. "That's basically the difference in the game. Timely hitting."
Justin Krebs started for Othello, pitching into the fourth inning with an 11-1 lead. He was relieved by Asaph Garza in the bottom of the inning after allowing one hit and walked five.
After Garza held Prosser scoreless, Josiah Peterson pitched the fifth, allowing two runs and the Mustangs to close the gap to 11-3.
"Those couple of runs could have been because Josiah hadn't really thrown for a few weeks," Gonzalez said.
Two Huskie runs in the fifth would evoke the 10-run rule in the 13-3 win.
Krebs got the victory, improving to 1-2 on the season.
Othello's first six hitters combined for nine hits, including two doubles and a triple, and 10 runs.
Cleanup hitter Randy Gomez went 3-3 with a double. Josiah Peterson went 2-4 with a RBI. Asaph Garza went 1-2 with a double, two RBI and two walks.
Andrew Montemayor walked twice and scored two runs. Alix Garcia went 1-4 with two RBI. Krebs had a triple and scored twice.
Saturday, April 12, the Huskies hosted a doubleheader against the West Valley Rams. In game one, Montemayor went the distance, pitching a seven-inning, complete game victory. He allowed two earned runs in the 7-4 win.
Gonzalez said Montemayor got into some situations but pitched out of it for
the win.
"That's the type of pitcher he is ... he's able to work it through," he said. "He was able to contain West Valley. They're a very well coached team. They don't make too many mistakes."
This time, the entire offense contributed, knocking out 15 hits, including three doubles and a home run.
Garcia and Gomez each went 3-4. Garcia had two double and a home run. Montemayor, Krebs, M. Garza and Peanut Pruneda had two hits apiece. Krebs stole two bases.
"For the first time this season, we were able to get those bigs hits with runners on," Gonzalez said.
Othello hung six of their seven runs on West Valley in the fourth and fifth innings. The Rams made a run in the seventh, scoring three runs, but falling short, stranding a runner on second.
Montemayor got the win, his first of
the year.
"We had some big hitting games from Garcia and Gomez," Gonzalez said.
He was also impressed with Gomez behind the plate, who caught both games.
In the rubber match, a three-run West Valley fifth inning, put the Rams
ahead 4-2.
Gonzalez relieved starting pitcher Krebs with Garcia with runners on to begin the inning. Three outs later, they put three runs on Garcia.
"He told me he just didn't have it anymore so I went to Asaph," he said. "We went to Alix and for the most part Alix was throwing strikes. We just couldn't help him out on defense."
The Huskies closed the gap to 4-3 in the bottom half of the inning.
As. Garza came on in relief in the top of the sixth, allowing West Valley to score and extend their lead to 5-3.
Gonzalez said As. Garza couldn't get ahead in the count, which led to some
base runners.
In the bottom of sixth, down two runs, Peterson put a 1-0 pitch over the fence, for a two-run, game-tying home run.
"We thought we had the momentum going from there," Gonzalez said.
Tied, 5-5, AJ Garza came on in relief in the top of the seventh. West Valley's No. 3 hitter, leading off the inning, quickly broke the tie with a solo home run, triggering a four-run rally.
"That took the sails out of what we were trying to do," Gonzalez said. "They got the timely hits."
The Huskies put two on base in their last at bat but fell short, losing 9-5.
With a 2-5 conference record, Othello hosted Prosser Tuesday, April 15, for game two of the March 28 rain out. Game results were not available at time of press. They travel to Grandview Saturday for a conference doubleheader. Their April 22 game against Wapato has been cancelled.

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