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Apr, 2018

Majors Division: Hartnell Orioles vs. National Black



Saturday April 14, 2018

Majors Division:  Hartnell Orioles vs. National Black @ 9:00 a.m. @ Closter Park

Final:  Hartnell Orioles 8  National Black  5

ALEC "BIG PAPI" ORTIZ MASHES 2-RUN HOME RUN WHILE SWIM, DUARTE AND CRUZ COLLECT MULTIPLE CLUTCH HITS AND MULTIPLE RBIS IN 13-HIT ATTACK AGAINST NATIONAL BLACK.
 
The first place Hartnell Orioles traveled to Towt Street in East Salinas on Saturday morning to take on the National Black team at Closter Park.  The Orioles handed the ball to their ace, Dominick "The Dominator" Castro, and the young standout hurler did not disappoint as he delivered another quality start.  Castro threw 5 innings, and gave up 3 hits, 3 runs and struck out 7 hitters to record another win in the stat column for the Hartnell Orioles.  

This game, however, was all about the Orioles' offensive juggernaut and the 13-hit attack that resulted in 8 runs scored.  Hartnell's premier slugger, Alec "Big Papi" Ortiz, set the tone early against National when he jumped all over a fastball in the 1st inning and clobbered a soaring drive deep to center field that sailed over the fence for a 2-run home run to put the Black Birds on top.  In the 3rd inning, the Orioles added 3 more runs after Vicente Cruz ignited the rally with a lead-off single.  Nathaniel Duarte followed Cruz by ripping an RBI triple that knocked in Cruz.  Von Swim also stepped up clutch by lacing a line drive shot in the left-center field gap that drove in 2 runs to stake the Orioles to a 5 - 2 lead.  The Orioles later added 3 more runs to build an 8 - 2 lead courtesy of run scoring hits by Cruz and Duarte and the team never looked back after that final offensive rally.  National managed to tack on one more run against Castro before they added 2 runs against the Orioles' reliever in the final inning.  The Black Birds ultimately got it done, slammed the door shut on National and prevailed 8 - 5.

For the Orioles, Nathaniel Duarte continued his impressive hitting in 2018 going 3 for 4 with a triple, 2 singles, 1 run scored, and 3 RBI.  Vicente Cruz went 3 for 4 with 1 double, 2 singles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.  Von Swim went 2 for 3 with 1 double, 1 single, and 2 RBI. Alec Ortiz, Samuel Low, and Anthony Farias each recorded 1 hit in the team's 13-hit attack.  "Big Papi" Ortiz blasted a 2-run home run.  Low collected a double and an RBI.  Farias broke into the stat column with his 1st hit of the season.

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