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Lions Easter Tournament: Atwater finishes third

ATWATER -- Jarrod Pimentel came away from the Atwater-Winton Lions Easter tournament feeling good.

The Atwater coach had to be more than a little worried after two straight ugly losses to Patterson and Tracy.

Pimentel's boys rebounded with a 5-1 victory over Central Catholic to finish in third place in their own tournament on Thursday afternoon.

"This was very good," said Pimentel, whose team improved to 6-12. "Central Catholic is a very good team.

"Our kids were disappointed the last two nights. We didn't have to say much as coaches today.

"Our kids came out focused."

Atwater did all its damage in the sixth inning.

Trailing 1-0, Chase Heckman and Daniel Janz drew back-to-back walks to start the inning.

By the end of the inning Ian Gurden, Colton Beatty, Brock Pisacco and Lance Button had all drove in runs to put Atwater ahead 5-1.

Beatty, who came on in relief in the top of the sixth and pitched out of a jam, picked up the win.

"Our approach at the plate was much better today," Pimentel said. "I'm very happy about that."

Tracy won the tournament with a 5-1 win over Tracy West in the championship game to finish off a 4-0 run through the field.

5th Place Game

PATTERSON 6

LIVINGSTON 5

ATWATER -- Patterson pushed across three runs in the top of the first and then held off Livingston.

Chris Chase led Patterson with three hits and Keith Yamamoto picked up a pair of hits.

Aurello Martinez and Anthony Mendoza both doubled for Livingston.

7th Place Game

MERCED 17

HAYWARD MOREAU 0

ATWATER -- Ty Pedretti hit a grand slam as Merced pounded Moreau.

Merced right-hander Alex Alvira gave up just two hits in a game that was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Brian Vasquez collected three hits and drove in four runs for Merced (6-9).

Lupe Arroyo also doubled in two runs for Merced.

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