COMPTON — After going from a lengthy winning streak to finding themselves one loss away from ending their season in the blink of an eye, the members of the Arroyo Seco Saints baseball team adjusted well to the sudden application of win-or-go-home pressure on Friday.
The West Zone-representative Saints, who had a 15-game winning streak snapped by Chinese Taipei in the opening round Thursday, jumped on Caribbean Zone Carolina Puerto Rico for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. They added four more in the bottom of the third, and with starter Elliot Surrey near perfect on the mound through the first three innings, got their 2012 Palomino League World Series bid back on track with a 7-1 loser's bracket win at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton.
"We're happy with the win, it's the first win in Saints history in the World Series, so we're really happy about that, but I think we could have played better," said Saints second baseman and St. Francis High graduate David Olmedo-Barerra, one of several players with ties to St. Francis, Crescenta Valley or Glendale Community College on the team. "We're not used to losing. ...A loss may have been a reality check for us and we don't feel like we're going to lose again."