Arabs get dirty to win doubleheader against SBVC
Imperial Valley College's Stevee Crise beats a throw to home to score against San Bernardino Valley College in the first of a nonconference doubleheader at IVC on Wednesday. (Joselito Villero)
The 20-year-old Southwest High graduate got plenty dirty, helping her Arabs win a nonconference doubleheader against San Bernardino Valley College on Wednesday at IVC.
With more than a handful of head-first slides on loose dirt, Crise was left covered in dirt including on the game-winning play where Crise beat a throw to home plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to give her Arabs a 17-16 win in the second game of the day.
“I was just like ‘book it,’” she said she was thinking during that play.
The Arabs breezed through the first game for a 35-13 win. But IVC’s play in the second game could be comparable to Crise’s uniform — dirty.
Miscues, mistakes, and lack of focus helped SBVC stay competitive. “We played hard. The first game was a lot easier but they came back and started hitting (in the second game),” Crise said. “We came back and starting playing when we needed to and won both.”
The Arabs are also playing with a short squad with some players still playing basketball or couldn’t attend Wednesday.
“It’s gonna be a learning season. We’ll win some and we’ll of course lose some,” IVC head coach Jill Lerno said. “We’re short in numbers so we’re going to have to work with what we have.”
In the first game for the Arabs, Crise went 5-for-6 with a triple, two doubles, two singles and nine RBIs. Austin Aguirre went 3-for-5 with a triple, double, single and five RBIs.
Pebbles Gonzalez went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Alex Coronado-Tarin went 3-for-5 with three singles and three RBIs and Samantha Moore went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In the second game, Coronado-Tarin went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, two doubles and two runs. Crise went 2-for-5 with one RBI and three runs. Shannon Carrillo went 2-for-3 with a single, three RBIs and four runs.
The Arabs will have another doubleheader when they host San Jacinto starting at noon Saturday at IVC.