NORTHEAST GLENDALE — All he wanted was for his team to score early. He knew if his players did, they would be in prime position to advance to the championship game of the Junior Baseball Tri-Cities Tournament.
Vaquero Express Coach Ramon Valdez got his wish.
His 13- and 14-year-old team scored two runs in the first, added a pair of runs in the fourth and capped its scoring with a run in the fifth to come away with a 5-3 victory against the Jewel City/Jewish War Veterans Bears on Wednesday at Scholl Canyon Field.
"[The early lead] got the kids up and the momentum was there," said Valdez, whose team will play in the title game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Dunsmore Park.
Fidel Hernandez supplied the offense and commanded his team while playing behind the plate.
Hernandez had a two-run single in the first inning, scoring Jacob Garcia and Jacob Barajas with a sharp liner to left.