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Calexico High School sophomore pitcher Nick Navarro delivers a pitch against Imperial during an Imperial Valley League game in Imperial on Thursday, April 15. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO

BASEBALL: Bulldogs Split With Tigers as IVL Opens

IMPERIAL — The Calexico High School baseball team opened its Imperial Valley League schedule with a doubleheader against Imperial High and walked away with a split after the first week of league play.

The Bulldogs (2-3 overall, 1-1 in IVL) beat the Tigers, 5-2, on Tuesday, April 13, in Imperial. In the return matchup on Thursday, April 15, it was the Tigers (2-6 overall, 1-1 in IVL) coming out on top at home, 8-5.

Orlando Llamas pitched a complete game for Calexico on April 13, finishing with eight strikeouts.

Calexico jumped out to a quick lead with a run in the top of the first inning and added two more in the third and one in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead. Imperial responded with two in the bottom of the sixth to pull within two at 4-2, but the Bulldogs added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to win the game, 5-2.

Leading the Calexico offense was Angel Hernandez with an RBI and a run scored.

In the return contest on April 15, Imperial got the offense clicking and pulled out the 8-5 victory. Ruben Sandoval had two RBI to lead the Bulldogs with Llamas and Jose Sanchez each driving in a run as well. Antonio Lopez scored two runs for Calexico.

The Bulldogs return to the diamond with more IVL action on Tuesday, April 20, as they travel to El Centro to take on Southwest (5-3 overall and 2-0 in IVL) at 6 p.m. The return game is set for Friday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at Belcher Field in Calexico.

Calexico High School senior Ruben Sandoval takes a swing during the Bulldogs’ Imperial Valley League game against Imperial on Thursday, April 15, in Imperial. | CAMILO GARCIA JR. PHOTO
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