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Cooler heads step up in Aztecs' win

05/22/2014, 8:32pm PDT
By Alex Riggins, Special to the U-T

Montgomery clinches South Bay League title against rival San Ysidro


Guided by coach Manny Hermosillo, Montgomery clinched its 21st league title in the last 30 years.

When Montgomery visited rival San Ysidro for a baseball game Tuesday, a collision at the plate and an ensuing argument prompted the ejection of two players and Montgomery coach Manny Hermosillo.

“And that was tame compared to other years when there’s been head hunting and stuff,” Hermosillo said.

With the South Bay League title at stake Thursday, the teams met again in what has been a hostile rivalry.

Behind solid pitching and defense, the Aztecs beat the Cougars 4-0 in front of a rowdy home crowd to secure their third straight league title and 21st in the last 30 years.

“It’s exciting,” Montgomery starting pitcher Herman Alvarado said of winning the title. “It’s a good feeling to keep the tradition going.”

Alvarado pitched a complete game to earn his sixth win of the year for the Aztecs (16-8-2, 5-0). He struck out two, walked none and allowed just three hits.

The Aztecs managed just four hits — all singles — but walked seven times and ran the bases aggressively, manufacturing a run in the first inning, two in the second and another in the fifth. Senior leadoff man Brandon Lopez was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI.

The Montgomery defense played perfectly.

“I tried to get control of the game and just let my defense work,” Alvarado said. “They were great behind me.”

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