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Big innings propel American League

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Chino Esqueda played shortstop in a game last night involving former members of the Lower Valley Men's Slowpitch Association.

Former players of the Lower Valley Men's Slowpitch Softball Association got together Monday night at SunnyView Park for a reunion game.

The group of former players took part in two seven-inning games.

"We had some really tired guys out there," said Bob Sarmiento Sr., who played on the Nationals team. "It was awesome. We had a really good turnout. We had a lot of fun. Some of the guys are already talking about playing next year."

In the opening game, the American squad used a nine-run fifth inning to push past the Nationals enroute to an 18-9 win.

The National squad, which was the home team in the first game, took an early 1-0 lead after plating a run in the bottom of the first.

The Americans battled back with a four-run spot in the top of the second. The Nationals plated two runs in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit to 4-3.

The Americans led 7-3 going into the top of the fifth after scoring two runs in the third and one in the fourth inning.

The Americans rattled off base hit after base hit during its nine-run showing in the top of the fifth. Mas Seto and Dennis Hysell both had base-clearing singles in the frame.

The Americans added two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

The National squad plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Frank Allec had a lead-off double to start the inning.

The Nationals plated two runs in the seventh inning to end the game. Russ Bentley had a triple in the seventh inning for the Nationals.

The American squad had 26 hits in the game. Alonzo Patton, Rene Montelongo and Gilbert Briones were all 3-for-5 at the plate. Hysell and Rick Amador were both 3-for-4. Hysell had 3 RBIs and Amador had 1 RBI. Fidel Castro went 2-for-3 at the plate.

For the Nationals, Chino Esqueda went 3-for-4. Jesse Garcia and Sarmiento were both 2-for-3. The National squad had 20 hits in the game.

Sarmiento cited the play of Cus Arteaga at second base for the Nationals as one of the highlights.

The nightcap ended in a 9-9 tie after five innings. The game was called because of darkness.

The Nationals scored two runs in the top of the first, three runs in the second and four in the fourth. Ron Rutz had an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Americans scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Americans had seven base hits in a row in the inning. Hysell had an RBI double in the frame. The Americans also plated a pair of runs in the fifth.

Bentley, Rutz and Joe Trevino were all 2-for-2 at the plate for the Nationals.

Bentley went 3-for-3 for the American squad. Seto was 2-for-3 while Castro went 2-for-2 at the plate.

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