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SOLEDAD — Soledad Aztecs baseball team split their two-game season series with the Stevenson Pirates, which kept Soledad in first as they moved to 10-2 in the Mission Division.

Going into last week, the Mission Division saw a cluster of teams with the same record. Among those, Soledad, Stevenson and Alisal were the teams on top of the league. The good news for Soledad was that they were able to split their series with Alisal, who this past week lost to North Salinas, which gave them three league losses.

The first game against Stevenson took place in Soledad, where the Aztecs are undefeated and riding a three-game winning streak.

Taking the ball for the Aztecs in game one was their senior pitcher Andrew Nichols, who has posted a career low 1.27 ERA. Nichols continued his great season as he pitched seven strong innings with 10 strikeouts, resulting in Soledad beating Stevenson 5-2.

So far, Nichols is 4-1 with a 1.27 ERA this season.

In the second game, the Pirates beat the Aztecs, 6-2, as they lost their second league game this year. The good news for Soledad after their loss is that they now face the middle of the division, while Stevenson still has to play Alisal.

At the time, Soledad had a 10-2 league record (15-4 overall), while Alisal was 8-3 and Stevenson was 8-2.

The Aztecs faced North Salinas at home last Tuesday and then competed against them again in Salinas on Wednesday, both games of which they won. Their record now stands at 12-2 in the league.

Next, Soledad will play a non-league game at Gonzales on Monday.

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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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