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June 1, 2023

Baseball | Soledad Aztecs bounce back to win 3 straight games

SOLEDAD — After dropping two close games to Monterey, the Soledad Aztecs baseball team went on a three-game winning streak, in which they outscored their opponents 37-9.

Going into this season, Soledad knew the Gabilan Division would be no joke. Last week they lost two games to the Monterey Toreadors, 5-4 and 1-0. Entering the week, if the Aztecs wanted to keep pace with the leader atop of the division, they needed to have a big comeback.

To start the week, Soledad opened up a two-game series with the Pacific Grove Breakers. Last season the Aztecs beat the Breakers in their one matchup. Now, they faced them for the first time as conference foes.

Due to rain flooding a lot of baseball fields, the game was moved to CSUMB.

In game one, the Aztecs would bring the bats as they scored 19 runs, which is a season high for the team, while the Breakers had eight.

Soledad ace Eric Segura showed he’s more than a pitcher as he had three hits and two RBIs. But the star of the game went to pitcher Andrew Nichols, who pitched five innings and only gave up one earned run while also helping himself out by having three RBIs.

The Aztecs’ Dominic Chavez is also a player to keep an eye on this season. Chavez, who was an all-league player last season, is batting .643 to start the year.

In game two, the Aztecs returned home and the bats picked up where they left off. They were able to score 11 runs for the second straight time on their home field. The Breakers came up empty handed and were only able to get one hit in-game as they faced off against Segura, who moved to 2-0 on the season.

After two straight wins, Soledad moved to 2-2 in the Gabilan Division.

Now, due to the storm raining out games, the Aztecs had a make-up game this past Saturday against Weston Ranch of Stockton. With Soledad using their top of the rotations in the week, they had to depend on their other arm to get them through.

Senior Alek Tinajero got the start and pitched five innings, while senior Cristo Barroso pitched the final two innings to help the Aztecs win 7-1.

Soledad is now 6-2 overall, and will have another tough battle this week as they face off against the Carmel Padres at home on Wednesday and away on Friday.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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