Garfield Is Leading Tight Eastern League Prep Baseball Race

By Mario Villegas, Exclusive to EGP

The race for Eastern League baseball title is traditionally competitive and this year is no different.

Garfield entered the next-to-last week of the season leading it by a game over Bell and Roosevelt. The Bulldogs (14-10 overall) took a 10-4 record into Tuesday’s game at South Gate. Bell and Roosevelt were 9-5 going into their game Tuesday at Bell.

The Bulldogs last week improved their chances of winning the title by scoring a 9-2 victory over the host Rough Riders in a game played at the Roybal Learning Complex downtown.

“We’re playing good ball and the kids are working hard to reach their goal of winning the league title,” Coach Ruben Torres said. “We just have to find a way to get healthy.”

Garfield High’s Oscar Preciado slides home safely before Roosevelt catcher Luis Ceja can apply the tag in last week’s Eastern League game. Garfield won, 9-2. (EGP photo by Mario Villegas)

Garfield High’s Oscar Preciado slides home safely before Roosevelt catcher Luis Ceja can apply the tag in last week’s Eastern League game. Garfield won, 9-2. (EGP photo by Mario Villegas)

Garfield was without outfielders Rogelio Montes and Anthony Martinez, the 3-4 batters in the order, in a 10-9 loss to Long Beach Poly in a Redondo Tournament game last Saturday in Long Beach. Montes missed because of a pulled pectoral muscle and Martinez has a hamstring injury.

“We really need those guys in the lineup,” Torres said. “It’s too bad for Montes because he was just starting to get hot.”

Montes went 2-for3 and had two runs batted in to help lead Garfield to the April 29 win over Roosevelt. The Bulldogs had seven hits, but received seven walks and had four hit batters.

Joe Gomez pitched a complete game and helped himself with a two-run single. The junior allowed five hits, struck out one walked three in improving to 5-3.

“He got into trouble a couple of times but he really competed and made good pitches when he needed to,” Torres said.

Montes delivered a two-run single and Jose Maya drove in another run on a groundout in a three-run third inning.

A two-run double by Oscar Preciado highlighted a three-run fifth for Garfield, which also got a run-scoring single from Jose Rojas.

In the seventh, Gomez brought in two runs with a single and Manuel Valdovinos knocked in two with a single.

Garfield plays Bell at 3 p.m. today and travels to Jordan Tuesday.

Rough Riders Rebound to Hammer Huntington Park
Roosevelt, which played Garfield without benched starters Jonthan Alatriste and Rafael Arcos, came back to destroy Huntington Park, 25-7, in four innings April 30 at Salt Lake Park in Huntington Park. The Rough Riders (24-5) banged 26 hits, including 11 doubles.

Alatriste had two doubles and six RBIs and starting pitcher Andres Perez raised his record to 6-0.

Roosevelt defeated Marshall, 2-0, Saturday in a Redondo Tournament game. Andrew Perez, Tony Almeda and Alvin Herrera combined to pitch the shutout. Herrera (7-3), who relieved starter Perez and returned to the mound to also relieve Almeda, got the victory.

The Rough Riders scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Frank Aguilar that scored Brian Torres, who singled, stole second and moved to third on an error. Almeda singled to score Aguilar in the sixth. Aguilar led off with a single and advanced to second when Torres was hit by a pitch.

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May 7, 2009  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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