Mabton takes two from Tri-City Prep

PASCO - Paced by Jovanni Ochoa's combined 6-for-7 performance at the plate yesterday, Mabton's baseball team swept a pair of non-league games from Tri-City Prep, 19-4 and 24-5.

"It was a slugfest," Mabton High School baseball coach Kerry Snodgrass said, explaining that his team banged out 17 hits in the opener and another 13 in the nightcap.

"We singled them to death in the first game," Snodgrass said, noting that six of his players enjoyed multi-hit performances in the opener. Ochoa led the way with three hits in four plate appearances, followed by Andy Torres (3-for-5), and Ray Elizondo, James Magana, Robert Marquez and Marcos Zepeda with two hits apiece.

More important than the 17 hits his team manufactured in the first game, said Snodgrass, was the fact that his club committed only one error.

"That was huge," he said, praising the defensive efforts of his team.

Elizondo worked the mound for Mabton in the opener, going the distance. Snodgrass said Elizondo's curve ball was breaking well yesterday, which accounted for Tri-City Prep only coming up with two hits off Elizondo.

In Tuesday's twin bill finale, Javier Galvan got the start atop the hill. Galvan scattered five hits in going the distance.

Tri-City Prep used four pitchers in the nightcap. Together, they walked 19 Mabton batters and yielded 13 hits.

"They really had trouble throwing strikes," Snodgrass said.

Offensive leaders for the Vikings in the second game included Ochoa and Galvan, both of whom were 3-for-3. Magana also had a big time performance at the plate, ripping a two-run double and a two-run homer, both coming in the fourth inning, when Mabton plated 10 runs.

Mabton (6-8) isn't scheduled to play again until Saturday, May 1, when Riverside Christian rolls into town. Snodgrass said that doubleheader may be pushed up to Friday, April 30.


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