Tigers hold off Mustangs

San Jacinto High School’s baseball boys pull off 1-nil win against West Valley

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
The Tigers celebrate their 1-nil victory over the Mustangs last Thursday.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

It is said (and often sung) that “one” can be a very lonely number. That said, sometimes one is all you need. Such is often true in baseball, especially on Thursday, April 12 at San Jacinto High School when their sluggers took on the West Valley Mustangs. Just two days prior, the Mustangs cleaned the Tigers’ clocks 12-2, and as such the Tigers needed to turn their game around.
Right away in the first inning, A.J. Parcero picked up a run for San Jacinto. From there, despite efforts by the Tigers to load the bases in the fourth inning and West Valley doing the same in the fifth, no additional scoring action took place. For San Jacinto, one was all they needed.
Head Coach Rick Zepek was reasonably satisfied with that one run. “We’ll take it; At this point of the season, we’re battling for playoff spots,” said Zepek. “They beat us on Tuesday, so it’s good to come back and beat them today.”
According to Zepek, Parcero could very well be in the running for our MVP Spotlight at the end of the season. Also a top player on Zepek’s roster is Fabian Correa. “He’s only given up six runs the entire season,” Zepek added.
This win puts the Tigers at 3-3-1 in Mountain Pass League play and 11-6-2 for the season. The Mustangs are struggling to get their footing, with 2-2-1 in league play and 3-11-1 to date.
With today’s win, Zepek is confident his Tigers can handle the Hemet Bulldogs this afternoon at Hemet High. But who will fetch the ball in this cat-dog matchup, so to speak? Head to Hemet’s Norm West Field at 3:15 p.m. to find out.

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