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Holtville High School senior Norbert Irungaray slides safely into third base during an Imperial Valley League game against Calexico in Holtville on Wednesday, May 5. | CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO

BASEBALL: Pitching Dominates as Vikings Down ’Dogs

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville High School baseball team ran its winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep of Calexico, getting two outstanding pitching performances to beat the Bulldogs twice.

On Monday, May 3, the Vikings got a complete-game, one-hitter from sophomore Raul Sierra and shut out Calexico, 2-0. They followed that with an 11-4 victory on Wednesday, May 5, behind a complete-game victory from junior Rafa Espinoza.

Holtville High School junior Donovan Johnston takes a swing against Calexico during an Imperial Valley League game in Holtville on Wednesday, May 5. | CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO

Holtville (8-6 overall, 4-3 in Imperial Valley League play) pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth inning on May 3 to get the win at Belcher Field in Calexico. Senior Arturo Lazos had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI, and sophomore Nick Pacheco added an RBI.

Sierra finished the game with eight strikeouts and just one walk to get the victory.

In the second game on Wednesday, May 5, Holtville broke open a 3-1 game with a seven-run bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 10-1 lead. Calexico would get three runs in the top of the fifth but the Bulldogs could not mount any offense in the final two innings.

Espinoza gave up four runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking three.

Seniors Erik Garcia and Norbert Irungaray and junior Donovan Johnston all had two hits and scored twice to pace the Holtville offense.

The Vikings host Palo Verde Valley at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, and host Calipatria at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, before closing out the week on the road in Blythe against Palo Verde at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

Calexico High School junior Jose Sanchez tries to beat the throw to first base against Holtville High during an Imperial Valley League game in Holtville on Wednesday, May 5. | CATHI PHILLIPS LARIOS PHOTO