Enrique Borboa drives in winning run in 7-6 victory
By Keith Freeman, MSBLNational.com
LAS VEGAS, May 27, 2013 -- Enrique Borboa’s
bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave
the Las Vegas Rattlers a 7-6 victory over the Inland Angels in the Las Vegas
Open 50-over championship game at Hadland Park.
hit scored Tony Hulbert and followed Scott Hunt’s bases-loaded walk which tied
The Angels, an Orange
County, Calif., team that went 3-2 at the LV Open, fell behind the Rattlers 5-0
after five innings. But the Angels tallied one run in the sixth and four runs
in the eighth to tie the score at 5-5.
Sam Pacheco, who pitched
the final two innings for the Rattlers, was the winning pitcher while Rob
Calvert, who hurled the last five innings for the Angels, took the loss.
"We didn’t give up,”
said Las Vegas Rattlers manager Manny Ocampo. "Mentally and physically, they
just believed in themselves. We went this far, so we just could not give up.
"I was impressed with
the fact that we only played with 10 players most of the games. We had an 11thbut he was injured on the bench. I was impressed with the fact that we played
with 10, no more than 11, when we were supposed to have at least 14 on the
"And these guys played
hard and carried us all the way through all five games. As tired as they were
they still came through. That’s what I was most impressed with; the fact is
they stayed alert even though they were tired. They played hard with just the minimum amount of players. It was real
impressive for them to hold out and be able to do what they did.”
The Angels also were
impressive by scoring six runs over the final five innings of the championship
"It was a well-fought
game,” said Angels manager Ted Poleto. "Both teams played hard. We just played
really hard (and) fought back from 5-0, tied it, went ahead by one, and they
(the Rattlers) just came back and battled back and pulled the game out.
"This is the third time
we’ve been in this tournament and we felt with the team we brought we should
have won all three times; we kind of underperformed. We felt like we let that
championship game last year go, so we had a chip on our shoulder today and we
definitely were thinking about coming out and finishing the business from last