APARICIO & PIULATS STAR AS EAGLES CLINCH POSTSEASON SPOT

Mike Piulats hit a bases-loaded triple in the top of the sixth inning to score the go-ahead runs as visiting Southwest defeated Varela, 7-4. Winning pitcher Kike Aparicio helped his own cause with two doubles, the first scoring one run and the second plating two more. The victory clinches a spot in the District 15 tournament for the Eagles (7-6, 2-5). Southwest took a 1-0 lead in the third when Piulats led off with a single, moved to second on an Eddie Sierra sacrifice bunt and scored on two errors by the Vipers (3-12, 1-7). After Varela tied the game in the bottom of the inning, the Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Brett Mantrana singled with two outs and scored on the first Aparicio double. The Vipers took their only lead of the game, 3-2, in the fifth. Southwest bounced right back in the following frame when Jorge Tejeda led off with a double, Mantrana walked and Lewis Romero beat out a bunt to load the bases. Piulats then cleared the bases with his line drive triple down the right field line. Varela closed to within 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly. In the top of the seventh, Erick Orbeta led off with a walk and Danny Cruz followed with an infield hit. Mantrana walked to load the bases and Aparicio, who was relieved in the sixth, re-entered to hit a two-run double. Orbeta pitched the final two innings to record the save.

 

SOUTHWEST EAGLES     AB  R  H BI  VARELA               AB  R  H BI

Erick Orbeta          3  1  0  0  Darian Munoz          3  0  1  3 

Danny Cruz            4  1  1  0  Adrian Fernandez      4  0  0  0 

Jorge Tejeda          4  0  1  0  Andres Artola         4  0  2  0 

Brett Mantrana        2  2  1  0  Yasel Pino            4  1  1  0 

Kike Aparicio         4  0  2  3  Hector Gomez          3  0  1  0 

Lewis Romero          4  1  1  0  Anderson Garcia       2  0  0  1 

Michael Piulats       3  1  3  3  Elijah Colon          1  2  1  0 

Eddie Sierra          2  0  1  0  Randy Alvarez         1  1  1  0 

Lorenzo Hernandez     2  0  0  0  Brian Alvarez         2  0  0  0 

*Matthew Sprinkle     0  1  0  0                                    

TOTALS               28  7 10  6  TOTALS               24  4  7  4

 

SOUTHWEST EAGLES              001 103 2 -- 7 

VARELA                        001 021 0 -- 4 

 

LOB--SOUTHWEST EAGLES 5, VARELA 6. ERR--Jorge Tejeda, Erick

Orbeta, Max Real, Anderson Garcia. 2B--Kike Aparicio (2),

Jorge Tejeda, Hector Gomez, Andres Artola. 3B--Michael

Piulats, Darian Munoz. HBP--Elijah Colon (2). SACF--Darian

Munoz, Anderson Garcia. SACB--Lorenzo Hernandez, Eddie

Sierra, Randy Alvarez. SB--Brian Alvarez.

 

 SOUTHWEST EAGLES                IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR

Kike Aparicio (W)              5.00    5    4    4    1    4    0

Jose Valero                    0.00    1    0    0    0    0    0

Erick Orbeta (S)               2.00    1    0    0    1    0    0

 VARELA                    

Max Real (L)                   6.33    9    7    6    2    3    0

Adrian Fernandez               0.67    1    0    0    1    0    0

 

WP--Kike Aparicio (2). SO--Lorenzo Hernandez, Lewis Romero,

Jorge Tejeda, Hector Gomez, Adrian Fernandez, Brian Alvarez,

Yasel Pino. BB--Brett Mantrana (2), Erick Orbeta, Brian

Alvarez, Randy Alvarez.

 
Kike Aparicio (above) and Mike Piulats (below) each drove in three runs for the Eagles