MOXEE - Domination might be the word that best describes Derek Uberuaga's outing on the mound yesterday in the opening game of the annual East Valley Classic baseball tournament.
The Sun Valley 16-18-year-old team beat the Selah Juniors 7-1 behind Uberuaga's overpowering performance. Uberuaga racked up an impressive 13 strikeouts, but also allowed three walks and had one hit-batter as he threw a no-hitter. The only run Uberuaga gave up was in the sixth inning after he issued a walk and a Sun Valley error occurred on a pick-off play at second base. Selah's player eventually came around to score off the error.
Uberuaga's masterful performance was complemented by the bat of Chris Newberry, who went 3-for-4 at the plate with doubles in the fifth and sixth innings. Teammate Eric Crimp added a nice stick with his 2-for-4 performance.
Sun Valley scored lone runs in the first, second, fifth and seventh innings. Sun Valley blew open the game was a three-run sixth inning. Joel Zakahi started off the sixth with a single. Timmy Briones then got aboard after being hit by a pitch. Teammate Jessie Ramirez loaded the bases with a single. Tyler Cullen ripped a base hit to plate a pair of runs. Later in the inning, Ramirez ended up being picked off after a botched squeeze play. Newberry then doubled to score Cullen for the final run of the inning.
Sun Valley Coach Dave Martinez was very pleased with the effort of his team, especially on the defensive side. Martinez was glad to see his players cut down on the number of errors they have been committing.
Martinez also had a lot of praise for the efforts of Newberry and Crimp at the plate. Martinez said Newberry is seeing the ball very well at the plate right now. The Sun Valley coach added that Crimp is starting to get into a rhythm, as well.
Uberuaga was overpowering, said Martinez. Uberuaga established his fastball and change-up early in the game, which kept Selah off balance. Martinez said Uberuaga mixed in a curve ball every once in a while to keep Selah honest at the plate. Uberuaga struck out the first four batters he faced in the game.
"He really had good command," said Martinez.
The only downside to yesterday's game was the impatience Sun Valley showed at the plate. Despite tallying 12 hits, Martinez said his players were impatient against Selah's pitching.
Sun Valley (6-2) played at 10 a.m. this morning against tourney host East Valley.
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
SV 1 1 0 0 1 3 1 7 12 1
Selah 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Pitching: Derek Uberuaga 13 strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter.
Hitting: Jessie Ramirez 1-for-2, Joel Zakahi 1-for-2, Timmy Briones 1-for-2, Tyler Cullen 1-for-3, Derek Uberuaga 1-for-3, Chris Newberry 3-for-4 with doubles in the fifth and sixth innings. Eric Crimp 2-for-4. Cole Boboth 1-for-4. Tyler Esqueda 1-for-4.