Marco Cota hits 2 doubles with 6 RBIs to lead San Miguel over St. Augustineby Andy Morales on Mar. 06, 2013, under Sports
San Miguel (1-2) and St. Augustine (0-4) met each other at the Kino Sports Complex Wednesday for a small-school battle and San Miguel came out on top 14-2 in five innings.
The local Catholic schools are similar in size with St. Augustine serving as a college-preparatory campus on the far east side and San Miguel offering a career prep focus that includes a work-study program.
The work-study program may cause some lineup headaches for San Miguel head coach Paul Vega with as many as six players missing a game due to their employment responsibilities in the community. Likewise, Dan Ramirez has had some difficulty keeping his top pitching rotation in order at St. Augustine which has caused some lopsided losses early on.
According to Vega, Wednesday was the first time he’s had most of his players available and he is still trying to figure out his team but the Vipers were still able to post five runs in the top of the first inning after loading the bases on walks.
Oswaldo Valenzuela was hit-by-pitch to bring in the first run of the game and then an error brought in the next run but Marco Cota broke the game open with his first 3-RBI double of the game to make it 5-0.
Javier Madrid gave up a walk to lead things off for St. Augustine in the bottom of the first but he was able to get the next three batters on strikeouts.
Jesus Gomez led the top of the second off with a single and an error moved him to second base and then he stole third base. Madrid singled Gomez in and then Richard Martinez walked.
Carlos Salas reached on a fielder’s choice and then Valenzuela singled. Nico Alvarado walked to load the bases and Cota hit his second 3-RBI double in as many innings. St. Augustine pitcher Luis Rojel was replaced by Brad Woods and Woods was able to close out the inning.
Down 10-0, the Wolves scored two runs in the bottom of the second. Dexter Humphreys walked but then Madrid picked up two strikeouts.
Freddy Freeman reached on an error to the outfield and then Jacob Elver walked to load the bases. Matt Granado hit a fly just beyond the reach of the short stop and St. Augustine was on the board, 10-2 after two innings.
Madrid came up big again in the third inning with a walk, a stolen base and another stolen base to put him on third base with one out. Woods induced a pop up for the second out but then Salas walked. Salas stole second base and Madrid dashed home on the throw to second base to make it 11-2.
Gomez came in to pitch for Madrid and he struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the third inning but he walked the next three to load the bases. Gomez shut the door with a full-count strikeout to end the threat.
Woods stopped San Miguel in the fourth but the Vipers added three more runs in the top of the fifth on a couple of walks, an error, a single by Martinez and a ground out RBI by Salas.
St. Augustine could not respond and the game ended in five innings 14-2.
Granado had the 2-RBI single to lead St. Augustine and Woods gave up only 3 earned runs in relief.
Madrid and Gomez combined for the one-hitter. Cota had 2 doubles and 6 RBIs to lead San Miguel.
St. Augustine hosts Valley Union (2-3) on Thursday at 4 pm at the Kino Sports Complex and San Miguel hosts Baboquivari (2-0) in the second game of the night at Kino at 6 pm.