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Arroyo Seco gets back to winning in Series

Baseball: Saints post 7-1 win against Puerto Rico to stay alive in Palomino League World Series; must win two games today.

August 03, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Arroyo Seco's Elliot Surrey pitches the ball during a game against Puerto Rico Friday.
Arroyo Seco's Elliot Surrey pitches the ball during… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

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."

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After Surrey struck out the side to begin the game, the Saints got to work in the bottom half of the first inning, putting their first three runners aboard on a lead-off single by Olmedo-Barrera (two for four with a run and two runs batted in), a walk to St. Francis' Brandon Van Horn and a plunking of Sergio Plasencia, a member of the 2012 Vaqueros.

An error on a ball hit to shortstop by Chris DeVito would score the Saints' first run and two more would follow on a sacrifice fly from St. Francis' Tei Vanderford (one for two with a RBI) to score Van Horn and a double to deep left field by Corey Sims to drive in Plasencia.

Sims' smash prompted Puerto Rico Coach Gilberto Salazar to inspect the bat Sims used and he immediately filed a protest, reopening a can of worms from the Chines Taipei game.

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