Downey vs Warren: Baseball Game

James Torrico, Writer

On April 25 your Downey Vikings took on the Warren Bears in at Yanez Field in a baseball match-up that required extra innings to settle it. It was a pitching match-up that saw Downey send Andy Hurtado,12, to the mound. Warren got out to an early lead by scoring two at the top of the 3rd inning. Then at the bottom of the fourth inning, with 2 runners on base, Juan Ochoa, 12, hit a clutch RBI(Run Batted In) single to bring the score within run one. Following the RBI single, another RBI single was hit Anthony Ximenez,11, to tie the game up at the bottom of the fourth. Following a shutout top of the Fifth by Hurtado, Downey gains the lead at the bottom of the Fifth provided by Adrian Valtierra,12, with a RBI single.


Hurtado was cruising until the top of the sixth when he gave up a leadoff triple, that saw him be pulled after 85 pitches. In relieve, Tommy Maloney,12, came in and give up a single allowing the runner to score, crediting the run to Hurtado. Maloney then proceed to shutout warren for the next few innings. It then became a pitchers duel with Warren pulling their starter and bringing in a hard throwing pitcher that struck out the side on his first outing.  With both sides frustrated with their inability to collect a couple of hits together, the game went into extra innings. The tenth inning was a shutout for both but as the wind started to blow harder and the temperatures started falling, so did the energy and momentum of the Downey fans and the team when the Warren Bears scored a run at the top of the eleventh to put the Bears up 4-3.
With the first two batters for Downey being retired with a ground out and a fly out, defeat was looking certain, but with a walk from Arnulfo Serrano,12, and a two out single by Jorge Arellano,12, Lorenzo Para,12, came up to the plate with runners on first and second. Para hits a chopper to third and Warren’s third baseman bobbled the ball allowing all runners to reach safely to base. So from two outs and bases empty, to two outs, bases loaded, and the clean up hitter up to the plate in Adrian Valtierra. A rally looking possible but with two strikes in the at bat, Valtierra swings the bat only to miss the ball and end the game on a  called strikeout with the bases loaded, giving the Warren Bears a 4-3 win in extra innings. A thrilling game that saw Downey nearly rally back to win. Downey scored 3 runs on 14 hits while Warren scored 4 runs on 12 hits.