Tornadoes slug out win

Baseball: Aguirreā€™s single lifts Hoover to win in pivotal league game against Burroughs.

April 23, 2008|By Gabriel Rizk

NORTHWEST GLENDALE — When the Hoover High baseball team defeated Burroughs back in late March, it marked the beginning of a two-game skid that dropped the Indians under .500 in the Pacific League.

With that loss far behind it, Burroughs entered Tuesday’s rematch as the hottest team in the league, having won five straight league games to claw back into a tie for second place.

With Juan Aguirre’s bases-loaded walk-off single through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the seventh, however, the Tornadoes were able to sting the Indians with another big defeat, 10-9, to sweep the season series and pull into a tie for third place with Burroughs.


“It was the kind of situation where it seemed for a while that no one wanted to win the game,” Hoover Coach Jim Delzell said of the back-and-forth contest which saw three lead changes and two ties over the final three innings and featured a host of game-changing errors to go along with big hits. “We made a lot of mistakes, but they did too.

“I just give our kids credit for battling for seven innings and not putting their heads down.”

After letting a 5-2 lead get away in the fifth inning, Burroughs was able to tie the game up twice, including once with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

But the Tornadoes (10-5, 6-3 in league) staged a two-out rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh behind two hit batters and a full-count walk to set up Aguirre’s game-winner.

“We played ugly today and I’m very disappointed in that,” Burroughs Coach Tom Crowther said. “We wanted to avenge the fact that they beat us at home last time and we came into their place and were unable to do it. We had a lot of chances early and didn’t take advantage of things.

“We talked about how important this game was — the most important game we’ve had. When you’re on a win streak like that, every game’s important to try and keep that thing going.”

Hoover began its comeback down 5-2 with a one-out run-scoring double by Bobby Romero, which came on the heels of a bobbled potential double-play ball hit by Aguirre.

Two batters later, Sako Chapjian walked on four pitches with the bases loaded to plate Aguirre and draw to within 5-4.

Tyler Delzell followed with a shot over the fence in left field off of Indians reliever Nick Bozeman for an 8-5 lead.

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