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Too hot to handle: Flamion brings heat, Central Catholic burns Livingston

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES
Lvingston Easter Tournament 
#2- 2nd baseman
April 16th, 2009
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES Lvingston Easter Tournament #2- 2nd baseman April 16th, 2009 Merced Sun-Star

ATWATER -- Billy Flamion didn't know what to expect when he took the mound.

The Central Catholic sophomore wasn't exactly hitting his spots during his pregame warmup in the bullpen.

"I thought it was going to be a terrible day," Flamion said. "I couldn't find the strikezone in the bullpen.

"When I got to the mound, I just started breathing and I found it. It ended up being a pretty good day."

Good day, indeed.

The left-hander overpowered the Livingston lineup on his way to recording six strikeouts in four innings as Central Catholic defeating Livingston 11-1 to win third place in the Atwater High/Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

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

"We've seen him before, so we knew what to expect," said Livingston coach Matt Winton, whose team dropped to 6-12.

"You have to gear up for the fastball. It's tough when he drops the deuce on you or changes up speeds.

"Even if all he threw was his fastball, it would be a pretty tough day."

Winton didn't expect to score many runs off of Flamion.

The Livingston coach had his infield playing in with a runner on third in the first inning.

However, there was no slowing down the Central Catholic offense.

Flamion helped his own cause at the plate with three hits and two runs.

Flamion singled and scored on a wild pitch to give Central Catholic a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Flamion drove in a run with a single in second inning as Central Catholic extended the lead to 3-0.

Niko Hernandez launched a two-run homer to highlight a six-run outburst in the fourth inning that blew the game open.

Hernandez went 3 for 3 and scored two runs.

Charles Brown and Brian Alvarez accounted for the bulk of the Livingston offense.

Brown went 2 for 2 and scored on an RBI single by Alvarez in the top of the fifth inning.

"Offensively, we didn't swing the bats too well the last couple days," Alvarez said.

"We hit a lot of balls right at people. We didn't carry the leather too well, either."

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