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Errors force Warriors into loss to Sandcrabs

By Keldy Ortiz
March 14, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.

Calhoun catcher Dustin Canales, left, tags out Victoria West runner Grant McDaniel, right, at Calhoun Baseball Field in Port Lavaca.

PORT LAVACA - A power in outage in Super Bowl XLVII gave the San Francisco 49ers an opportunity to regroup and rally to make the game interesting.

However, a power outage at Calhoun's baseball field didn't have the same effect for Victoria West.

The Warriors (7-10, 1-2) lost for the fifth time in the past six games, dropping an 8-3 decision to Calhoun (11-5, 1-2)

The game was delayed an hour and 23 minutes due to an electrical power issue with the stadium lights.

Calhoun managed to scrape together five runs on three hits with two outs off of West pitcher Koby Bynum in the first inning. West also committed three errors that helped the Sandcrabs score their five runs.

"We took advantage of some of the mistakes they made," Calhoun coach Santos Alvarado said. "That's just what we needed to do to get ourselves going. We'll take what we can get."

First, a wild pitch scored Tristan Henderson from third base for Calhoun. Dustin Canales walked and Logan Nicholson singled, which allowed Travis Hudson to single in a run on an error.

The troubles continued for West when Walker Canales drove in two runs on an error. Michael Kalafatis scored on a Warrior error.

Two of West's three errors all came from the infield.

West, however, would not go down quietly. They scored a run in the second inning off a wild pitch. Jack Riggs singled in a run in the third inning, and Dylan Redding singled in another run in the fourth.

Bynum kept runners at bay for two innings, including striking out two straight batters to end the third inning.

But errors came back to haunt West in the fourth inning when Calhoun scored a pair of runs on two errors by West.

"This just helped us put some confidence up and let us know we can hang with some of the teams in our district," Nicholson said.

Over the last three games, West has committed 15 errors, including six errors Friday.

"I keep telling them all year, it's the little things that are getting us beat," West coach Manuel Alvarado said. "We just got to get back to practice and focus a little bit more on the little things and that's what I told the kids."

Chances mounted for a Warrior rally in the top of the fifth inning. A Parker Tadlock single forced Calhoun coach Santo Alvarado to take Calhoun pitcher Colton Kveton out of the game. Logan Nicholson came in, but managed to load the bases to bring up Jonathan Jimenez. Jimenez, however, flied out to left.

Calhoun tagged on an insurance run in the fifth inning, which was off another error by the West infield.

"We finally played to our potential," Hudson said. "We really needed this to keep us going so we know that we can do it."

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