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West keeps playoff hopes alive with 5-4 win

By MIKE FORMAN
April 8, 2014 at 10 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.

Victoria West's Tyler Willemin forces out Calhoun's Elijah Velasquez during the second inning of Tuesday's game at Riverside Stadium. The Warriors captured a 5-4 win.

Victoria West coach Manuel Alvarado wasn't about to let brotherly love get in the way of an important District 30-4A game.

The playoff hopes of the Warriors and Calhoun are hanging by a thread.

The Warriors kept their chances alive and dealt a damaging blow to the Sandcrabs with a 5-4 win Tuesday night at Riverside Stadium.

"I told my kids, 'If we lose this one we're pretty much out,"' Alvarado said. "I think it was the same for both teams. It's hard being on the other side. I know my brother is working his butt off, and so are we. Somebody's got to win, and somebody's got to lose."

Manuel's older brother and Calhoun coach, Santos Alvarado, wound up on the losing end as West (9-14) and the Sandcrabs (13-9) share 3-6 district records.

"Every time our team goes out to the field, we're just giving it the best that we can do," said West pitcher Koby Bynum. "Whenever we hit the ball like we know we can, this is our result."

The Warriors had 11 hits, including five in the first inning when they scored four runs to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

"It's taken all year, but I think we're finally piecing it all together," said outfielder Shane Kallman, who had three hits. "We're finally figuring out how to get on base and score runs."

Bynum, Grant McDaniel and Jack Riggs each had two hits, and Coy McLarty and Dylan Redding added RBI singles.

"It's nice to see us come out hitting the ball like that," Manuel Alvarado said. "It's been a while since we've seen that."

The Sandcrabs scored in the second inning on a two-out, two-run single by Matthew Lerma. They pulled within a run in the sixth on a two-run single by Tristan Henderson.

"We kind of lost a lot of opportunities to score runs," Manuel Alvarado said. "I think our kids faced a lot of adversity in the middle innings, and I think they responded well to it tonight."

Bynum surrendered eight hits but stranded 10 runners and held the Sandcrabs to one hit in 13 chances with runners in scoring position.

"I was getting a little tired," Bynum admitted. "You've just got to keep on working because your teammates are counting on you."

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