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Atwater capitalizes on walks

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Atwater's pitcher (14) RJ Heller tosses to first baseman (33) Robert Buckley, but not in time for Moreau Catholics (8) David Saun  dives back safely to first, in the top of the second inning, during the Lions Club Easter Baseball Tournament on Tuesday April 14, 2009  evening.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Atwater's pitcher (14) RJ Heller tosses to first baseman (33) Robert Buckley, but not in time for Moreau Catholics (8) David Saun dives back safely to first, in the top of the second inning, during the Lions Club Easter Baseball Tournament on Tuesday April 14, 2009 evening. Merced Sun-Star

ATWATER -- Sometimes ugly is good.

That's how Jarrod Pimentel had to feel after watching his Atwater baseball team defeat Moreau 19-9 on Tuesday night in the 50th Annual Atwater High/Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Baseball Tournament.

"We took advantage of some mistakes," Pimentel said. "We made a couple in the first inning. It was nice to see some go our way.

"If you put the ball in play, good things can happen."

Sometimes you don't even have to put the ball in play.

Atwater (10-9) took advantage of 12 walks and two hit batters.

If that wasn't enough, Moreau also committed seven errors to giftwrap the win for Atwater.

All this after Moreau pushed across five runs in the top of the first inning with the help of three Atwater errors.

"I was very concerned after we gave up the runs in the first," Pimentel said.

"Our problem has been stopping the bleeding. But our guys bounced back and rallied in the dugout."

Atwater erased a 7-3 deficit with a nine-run third inning.

Atwater needed only three hits during the rally as Giovanni Dalmaso and Colton Beatty each had two-run doubles.

Dalmaso led Atwater's seven-hit attack, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and five RBIs.

Every Atwater starter scored at least one run.

R.J. Heller went the distance to pick up the win.

The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

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