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Lobos persevere for win at Peoria

by Mike Russo sports editor

Before Friday’s game at Peoria, La Joya coach John Jacobs predicted, “Marco [Lomeli] would strike out 16 and we will win.” He proved to be a pretty fair prognosticator. Lomeli struck out 13 Panthers and the Lobos (5-16)


won 7-3 in eight innings. Of the three runs Lomeli allowed, only one was earned as he limited the Panthers (1-12) to two hits, while walking none and hitting two batters. “Marco was fantastic,” Jacobs said. “Every challenge

I’ve asked of him, he had done. I’m really proud to be his coach.”

The victory was Lomeli’s second of the season. “Every game I have pitched has been close until late,” Lomeli said. “It feels good to get the win.” Lomeli seemed to get stronger as the game went on, striking out six over the last three innings, including the side in the sixth. “My fastball was a little off today,” Lomeli said. “My changeup was working better.”

Winning rally

Lomeli earned the win when La Joya snapped a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth, combining small ball with some daring base running.

Ramon Rubio started the winning rally with a leadoff single up the middle. Lomeli followed with a single to right with Rubio taking third. With one out, Rubio pulled off a delayed steal of home that gave the Lobos the lead, 4-3. Lomeli took second on the play.

was going back to the base, I saw the catcher pop up,” Rubio said. “I felt I had a good jump on it and I took off. Something in my mind told me that I would get in there.” “We are pretty aggressive,” Jacobs said. “We wanted to

draw a throw and Ramon is pretty quick. You could tell the catcher wanted to throw. After we scored, we played small ball.”

Angel Estrada drove home Lomeli with a single to right, making it 5-3. Alejandro Gonzales was struck by a pitch and Akeal Odom executed a well-placed bunt for a single, loading

(See Lobos on Page 15) View photo by Ray Thomas

LA JOYA CATCHER RAMON RUBIO awaits a throw home as Peoria’s Travis Rairden crosses the plate with a third-inning run. Rubio’s delayed steal of home in the top of the eighth inning turned out to be the winning run in a 7-3 Lobos triumph.

Desert Edge drops important game to Kellis

by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor

Desert Edge tried to make a late comeback against Glendale Raymond S. Kellis Thursday afternoon, but its efforts fell short in a 4-3 road loss. The Lady Scorpions gave up three runs in the first inning and were never able to recover. The loss was a big setback, as Desert Edge is trying to hang on to a top-eight spot in the power rankings and receive a first-round bye in the state tournament, which begins April 28. A first-round bye would allow the Lady Scorpions three extra days of rest before starting on May 1. They are currently ranked fourth.

SOFTBALL View photo by Ray Thomas

DESERT EDGE’S CAYLIE SAVAGE swings at a pitch against Raymond S. Kellis Thursday. The Lady Scorpions suffered a 4-3 road loss.

“When I

“We are pretty aggres- sive. We wanted to draw a throw and Ramon is pretty quick. You could tell the catcher wanted to throw. After we scored, we played small ball.”

La Joya baseball coach — John Jacobs

“There are a lot of good teams, 12-15 teams, playing for one of those byes,” coach Rob Shorts said. “This puts us

(See Game on Page 14)

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