Southwest wins ‘Dust Bowl’ thanks to walk-off shot

The Southwest Eagles mob Rudy Gonzalez after his walk-off home run in Tuesday's game against the Central Spartans at Mickey Carter Field. PHOTO AARON BODUS

EL CENTRO — The Eagles landed again — for the 16th time in a row — beating the Central Union Spartans, 11-8, Tuesday night at Mickey Carter Field in a baseball game that pretty much had to be seen to be believed.

This game seemed to have everything, including high winds kicking up enough dust to make a casual observer wonder whether he’d been transported to, say, Tatooine. It had wild action on the base paths. It had umpiring controversy, high-stakes between rivals, a three-hour runtime and a walk-off dinger.

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at or 760-337-3434.

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